CampBiz – February, 2012

As we were going to press, local political consultant Doug Gray emailed me this update on Missouri’s Democratic Party: “Kudos to Mike Sanders, Democratic Party Chair, for getting the Missouri Democratic Committee to add sexual orientation and gender identity to their bylaws at the Saturday, January 28th meeting.”

“I pointed out the fact that LGBT people were left out of the Democratic Party’s bylaws’ nondiscrimination policy several weeks ago, and they moved on it swiftly. It was way past time for this to happen — especially when we have three out gay members of the legislature and the gay community is asked to contribute and volunteer for Missouri Democrats.”

With the change, the bylaws state that the Democratic Party of Missouri will operate “without prejudice on the basis of race, age (if of voting age), gender, religion, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or gender identity.”
Green Rave
An LGBT Street Party is back in Midtown! Thanks to Jeffrey and Gene, owners of Bistro 303, for working with their neighbors on Westport Road to create the first Green Party and Green Rave street party on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17. The Green Party begins at 9 a.m., and the Green Rave begins at 6 p.m. We’ll keep you posted about the events that day in the March issue and at, but for now, mark your calendars to be out in Westport on St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating with Bistro 303.
Kansas Equality Coalition
The Metropolitan Kansas City chapter of KEC is back to its monthly meetings. The group meets at the Johnson County Library Antioch Branch, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kan. The next meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and March 6. For more information on meetings or how you can become a member of this vital group fighting for the rights of LGBT Kansans, visit
PROMO Trivia Night
Claire Cook, Kansas City and Mid-Missouri regional field organizer for PROMO, reports that PROMO will be hosting its first Trivia Night in Kansas City on Thursday, Feb. 16. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. PROMO advocates for LGBT equality in Missouri through political action.

The event will be emceed by Missy Koonce, Cook said. “The night promises to test your knowledge and provide multitudes of fun!” Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the first question will be read at 7 p.m. sharp. Cook said: “Put together a team of four for $75, or come as an individual for $20 and we’ll find a team for you!”

Participants can register at to secure their table. Contact Cook at for more information.
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA)
The cowboys and cowgirls with MGRA’s ShowMe State Rodeo have been doing more events earlier in the year than I can remember — well before their annual Labor Day Weekend rodeo. They are doing a great job in fundraising and getting the word out early this year.

Starting Monday, Feb. 6, there will be KC Stomp! line dance lessons at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. If you would like to learn “Tailgate,” “Wonderland Waltz” and more, join them at Sidekicks, 3707 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

KC Stomp! is a country-western dance workshop and competition on June 9 at Sidekicks. The dance workshop will begin at 9 a.m. that day, and the dance competition will start at 7 p.m. Trophy buckles will be awarded to couples and individuals. All levels, beginners to advanced, are welcome! For more information, please visit
Third Thursday
The Human Rights Campaign’s monthly Third Thursday mixer will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at our “family-owned” Family Bicycles, 7410 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo., in Waldo. They’ll have refreshments from Boulevard Brewing and the One More Cup coffeehouse. It’s also a great time to meet and learn more about how you can participate in the AIDS Bicycle Challenge this year and maybe even update your bicycle with a shiny new one from Family Bicycles. Just in case you want to take the Main Street Max bus, it turns around at the Waldo stop right in front of the bike store.
Bowling for Equality
Another great fundraiser to support the work of HRC, this event will be held at Ward Parkway Lanes, 1523 W. 89th St., Kansas City, Mo. from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 24. There will be three hours of bowling, prizes for the best ’80s-themed costume, light food provided, and a cash bar available. Cost is $200 per six-person team or $35 per individual and $20 per student. Tickets can be purchased at
AIDS Walk Open
This annual pub crawl mini-golf tourney is always a huge party and great success for the fundraising efforts of AIDSWalk. The AIDS Walk Open is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 3 at these participating bars: McCoy’s, Bistro 303, Kelly’s, Missie B’s, Darkhorse, OutaBounds, Sidekick’s, Upstairs at the B, Morning Glory Antique event space (next to Bistro 303).

Registration is $150 for a team of four for a festive afternoon and a chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize: one case of Miller Lite per player per month for an entire year. There will also be an award for the Best Dressed Team, so think about a crazy name and dress theme for your team now.

To register, visit The walk is April 28, but there are many activities between now and then. For information, visit
NOH8 photo shoot at the LikeMe Lighthouse
The NOH8 Campaign will visit Kansas City on March 11 and set up a mobile studio at the grand opening of the LikeMe Lighthouse LGBT Center, 3909 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.

The photo shoot will begin at noon and end at 3 p.m. The NOH8 campaign credits LikeMe Lighthouse founder Chely Wright for making this event happen in Kansas City for the first time.

No reservations are required, and people will be selected, the group says, “first come, first served — and we move quickly!” Participants will receive a numbered model release to fill out and a NOH8 temporary tattoo. As they call numbers throughout the afternoon, your corresponding release number will signal your time to line up to have your photo taken.

Solo portraits will cost $40, and couple and group portraits will cost $25 per person. The NOH8 Campaign accepts cash, most major credit cards, and checks made out to “NOH8Campaign.” Fees cover services and processing for one retouched digital print only (made available through and do not include physical prints.

Participants are asked to wear a plain white shirt for their NOH8 photos, come camera-ready, and be prepared to “pose and make a statement.”

Celebrity photographer & NOH8 co-founder Adam Bouska will photograph 5-10 frames for each person who comes through. The final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available in about eight weeks through the website.

To volunteer, e-mail with your contact information and note which shoot you’d like to volunteer for.

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination through NOH8’s interactive media campaign and to cover daily operations and maintenance.
LGCC-KC Community-Wide meeting
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center is reporting that the annual organizational meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 23 at the event space above Morning Glory Antiques, 313 Westport Rd. It will be different from previous meetings, where groups sat around a large table and offered a brief presentation on what they do. Instead, this will be more of a “mixer” social format for organizations to meet and get to know what others are doing. Look for more information at or on their Facebook page.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In Concert
Justin van Pelt will be reprising his inimitable role of Hedwig, which he debuted in 2002, in a one-weekend concert Feb. 23-25 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center (third level). The performance will be a fundraiser for Egads! Theatre Company.

“Stripped down and presented in concert, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is guaranteed to be a rocking ride that’s funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.”

Winner of the Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a darkly comic tale about a girly-boy from communist East Berlin who gets a botched sex-change operation, escapes to the land of the free and becomes an internationally ignored punk-rock star. This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band called The Angry Inch.

Van Pelt plays Hedwig and Katie Gilchrist is Yitzhak. The Angry Inch band includes Sean Hogge and Noah Whitmore on guitars, Ry Kincaid on bass, Mark Lowry on keyboard and Kian Byme on drums.

Ticket prices vary, depending on the date and seat location:
• 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 and 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 — $15-$20.
• 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 — $20-$25.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 — $25-$30 (performance includes a 10-year retrospective featuring a multimedia presentation hosted by Justin Van Pelt and a post-show reception).
This show is recommended for mature audiences. For tickets and information (including specials and promotions), call 816-842-9999 or visit
Daisy’s Pin-Up Calendar is hot off the press!
Daisy Buckët took a bit of time away from her tour with the Kinsey Sicks in Puerto Vallarta to send me news about her newest fundraising calendar for AIDS Walk.

For the second year, she reports, “Daisy Buckët has teamed up with Vixen Pin-Up Photography to produce another stunning wall calendar featuring local drag entertainers for the Kansas City AIDS Walk. With only a limited number of calendars printed, last year’s sold fast, and even though the 2012 calendars weren’t available until January, they’re selling out faster than the Kardashians. This year’s theme focuses on women in history and pop culture. Some of the icons represented include Bettie Page, Julia Child, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Twiggy, and Minnie Pearl.”

Calendars can be purchased for $20 each at Retro Vixen, 1620 W 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. All of the proceeds go to AIDS Walk. To ask about getting one shipped to you if you are out of the Kansas City area, contact Daisy at
Kansas City Pride
Aaron Wolf wrote me to let me know that Pride’s first scheduled national act has been announced: Cazwell, from the New York club scene. Wolf reports: “With a mix of dance and hip-hop, Cazwell will DJ Friday night for the festival, and then will be joined by his Ice Cream Truck dance troupe for a Saturday performance.”
In addition, Pride has selected the Youth Royalty winners.
Daniel Beeman — Duke
Dimi — Duchess
Phoenix Rishon — Princess
Denver Monroe — Prince

Wolf also says that Pride is hosting “Dinner is a Drag” by the youth at Hamburger Mary’s on Tuesday evenings. They are constantly adding new events, including a Benefit Fundraiser for Be the Cure from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at OutABounds, 3601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., and the My Love Hurts Fetish Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 25 at the event space above Morning Glory Antiques, 313 Westport Rd. For more information, visit
HMC and the Symphony
The Heartland Men’s Chorus has much in store for 2012. At the Kansas City Symphony’s press conference announcing the symphony’s 2012-13 season, it was also announced that HMC will perform in two performances of the Pops Series “Broadway Rocks” concert early next year.
Come to the Cabaret!
The Heartland Men’s Chorus will present their second annual Homegrown Cabaret, a benefit for HMC’s GALA Travel Fund. Guests may sign up for a private dinner at a chorus member’s home. After dinner, gather in Founders’ Hall for drinks and a dessert buffet, filled with homemade delicacies prepared by chorus members. Then enjoy a cabaret show featuring The HeartAches and selected acts by HMC members.

Homegrown Cabaret
Saturday, Feb. 11
6 p.m. – Home dinners
8-10 p.m. – Dessert & cabaret show
Founders’ Hall,
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
13th & Broadway,
Kansas City, Mo.
Dinner and the cabaret show:
$50 per person.
Cabaret show/dessert buffet-only:
$20 per person.
‘When I Knew’ Musical Documentary
This production from the Heartland Men’s Chorus will be presented March 24 and 25 with a special invitation and involvement from the audience members. Read more in Bradley Osborn’s story online and in the February issue of Camp.
When I Knew
8 p.m. March 24
4 p.m. March 25
Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Folly Kids’ Series
Last season, Heartland Men’s Chorus made history by performing a student version of “And Justice for All” for groups of middle school students in Kansas City, Mo.

Throughout the coming year, the chorus will present a special anti-bullying program for area elementary students, made up of music from its spring concert. This concert, including an encore performance of Oliver Button is a Sissy will make its debut as part of the Folly Kids’ Series at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 23. If you have children in your life, please consider attending this timely program! If you are an educator or school administrator interested in bringing this program to your school, contact the chorus office.
PerformOUTKC is looking for an artistic director
PerformOUTKC, Kansas City’s only performing arts group for LGBTQ young people and their allies, is seeking to fill the group’s artistic director position by Feb. 20. The nonprofit organization was established in 2008 as an educational outreach performing arts program.

PerformOUTKC’s press release states that the group “provides a safe and inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities, which fosters positive identity development through excellence in music performance and creative expression.”

It continues: “Our artistic mentors have high skills in the arts as well as sensitivity to the individual needs of the members. The new opportunity of Artistic/Music Director will receive a monthly stipend, along with paid travel expenses to attend annual GALA Choruses training and development retreats.”

For more information and a full job description, send an email to or call the office at 816-659-7899. Send cover letters, resumes and references to Elven Hickmon at by Feb. 6.
MAFA Parents’ Night Out
The Midwest Alternative Family Alliance is having a night out for exhausted LGBT parents on Feb. 18, Cocktails will be at 6 p.m., and dinner starts at 7. They say on their Facebook page, “We will gather at Mark and Ryan’s home for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and then head out to a few restaurants in small groups for good food and great conversation. Bring your friends!”

The location will be in southwest Kansas City/Lee’s Summit. (The specific address will be provided to those who are attending.) RSVP to Mark Rostine at or visit “KCMafa” on Facebook.
Screenland Slams announces new season
The Screenland Slams series has announced its 2012 season, in which they combine “live comedy with a classic camp movie.” They say: “Local comedians provide live commentary for some of the worst flicks in history, and make unintentionally funny films intentionally hilarious.”

The schedule is:
Feb. 4: Conan the Barbarian (1982)
March 3: The Stepford Wives (1975)
April 7: Barbarella (1968)
May 5: Showgirls (1995)
June 2: Fame (1980)
July 7: The Birds (1963)
Aug. 4: Legend (1985)
Oct. 6: I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
Nov. 3: Barb Wire (1996)
All shows are held at 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
Screenland Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd. 3rd Floor
Kansas City, Mo.
Advance tickets $10
($12 at the door)

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