MGRA Show Me State Rodeo
As you can see by our cover and the special MGRA rodeo section in the back of this issue of Camp, it’s Gay Rodeo time again. The group has been working feverishly all year to make the Sept. 1-2 rodeo a great success. All of the details and a map to the venue at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena in Cleveland, Mo. (only about a 30-minute drive south of Kansas City), are included in the special section. MGRA had a “Rodeo Curious?” night at Missie B’s on Aug. 19 to introduce newcomers to the world of Gay Rodeo. But even if you missed that introduction, you don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to go. Just enjoy two days of fun with MGRA this Labor Day weekend.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The Heartland Men’s Chorus attended the annual GALA Festival of LGBT choruses in Denver in July. This year they were joined for the first time by the Kansas City Women’s Chorus and PerformOUTKC. HMC performed pieces from their March concert, “When I Knew,” and they report that it was well-received at GALA.
The chorus kicks off its 27th season with the annual “Dinner of Note” on Oct. 13 at the Marriott Hotel Downtown. This year’s dinner will be a benefit for the LikeMe Lighthouse. Entertainment will be provided by special guest Chely Wright, country singer and founder of the LikeMe Lighthouse.
Tickets can be purchased at the HMC’s newly redesigned website, www.hmckc.org.
Kansas City Rep presents “KC Rep Sings!”
The Rep will host “KC Rep Sings!” on Oct. 2 to benefit the Rep’s Education and Community Programs, which serve more than 10,000 children each year. Actor/singer Claybourne Elder, a longtime favorite of the Rep, will return to Kansas City for this musical revue, along with other Rep performers. The show will be at 8 p.m., with a champagne reception at 7 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.kcrep.org/support/kc_rep_sings/
AIDS Service Foundation
Several people from our community, including those involved with the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, attended the International AIDS Conference July 22-27 in Washington, D.C. The delegation represented the groups in Kansas City that serve the HIV/AIDS communities. With speakers like former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I’m sure the conference energized the group for all the work they do in Kansas City. More information on the conference is at www.aids2012.org.
Congratulations to LGBT activist Sarah Gillooly, who has worked for PROMO and Planned Parenthood, for running a great campaign in the 24th District for the Missouri House. Although she did not win – this time – she ran an impressive campaign in her first foray into politics. Somehow we think this will hardly be the last we hear from her politically.
La Cage at Starlight
La Cage aux Folles will be presented Aug. 28-Sept. 2 on Starlight’s Cohen Community Stage. For any fans of the Broadway play, movie or subsequent movie, The Bird Cage, it’s a fun evening of theater, starring George Hamilton. Camp will be working with Starlight for some free or discounted ticket offers, and we will announce the details on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Camp Kansas City. For more information on La Cage, visit www.sharestarlight.com.
Hamburger Mary’s serves up “hate-free” chicken sandwich
The Hamburger Mary’s restaurant franchise is adding a new “hate-free” Southern-style chicken sandwich to their menu.
Their press release states: “Mary’s is adding her voice to the increasing number of campaigns to counter Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s controversial public stance against marriage equality… by offering a southern-style chicken sandwich while advocating diversity.”
Jeff Edmondson, general manager of the Kansas City Hamburger Mary’s, reports that he and owner Eric Christensen had been thinking of creating their own version of the sandwich at the same time it was being planned by the corporate Hamburger Mary’s.
“Many people thought of it at the same time, and I was thinking about something along the same lines,” Edmondson said. “We did a little bit of personalization, but we wanted to mimic it as much as possible.”
The press release describes the new sandwich: “It starts with a fresh chicken breast, marinated and battered with Mary’s secret recipe flour and spice mixture. It’s then deep-fried and served with dill pickles on a bakery fresh bun, much like the Chick-fil-A sandwich is.”
In addition to the other charity events held weekly at the Kansas City restaurant, this new chicken sandwich will also help support a local organization.
“Each store will give a percentage of sales to whatever charity they wish,” Edmondson said. “The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is where we will make our donation.”
Edmondson said they will call the sandwich the “Mary’s Southern style chicken sandwich,” on the menu.
AIDS Bicycle Cruise
The 8th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise will be held Sept. 16. The ride has been renamed (from AIDS Bicycle Challenge), but the acronym of ABC stays comfortably the same! The new ride is less competitive and more fun in the spirit of raising money for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City community.
The ride will begin and end in Westport, with registration at 11 a.m. and the ride at noon that day. Registration is $30. The ABC website describes the new cruise like this: “Join the fun on ANY bike! Ride as much, or as little, of the 15-mile, ribbon-shaped route as you want. Several unique stops at AIDS service organizations and well-known KC entertainment areas provide food, fun and refreshments along the way! Stay for the Finish Line Raffle & Post Ride Party!” The party is included for those involved in ABC and $20 for all others.
Organizers report that they have a great new bicycling jersey that a rider can earn by either registering and raising $275 in donations or by registering for a flat fee of $295. To register or for more information, visit www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org.
PrideFloat is moving to June
Jeff Brown of PrideFloat reports that the July PrideFloat was a great success, with more than 400 people participating and 15 states represented. They have announced that they are moving the annual PrideFloat date to the second weekend after Memorial Day, beginning next year. That will be June 6-10, 2013. Brown reports that the group felt the weather would be less hot in June than July and that it would allow them more flexibility in the number of people who can attend. The fee is $40 per person, which includes five nights and six days of camping, a free T-shirt, free wristband, free beer bust and your choice of a river vehicle – canoe, raft or kayak. Registration will be March 1-May 20, 2013. For more information, visit www.Pridefloat.org.
Douglas County AIDS Project
DCAP reports that after a two-year hiatus, the group is bringing back AIDS Walk, which raises money and awareness for those living with HIV/AIDS. It is a resource for those in Lawrence and Douglas County, as well as Jefferson and Franklin Counties. DCAP AIDS Walk will be held Sept. 29. The theme this year is Step Up! To End AIDS.
Here’s their explanation for how it works: “Each walker solicits donations for DCAP before the event. With a minimum donation of $25, the walkers receive a brunch at Maceli’s. The real fundraising takes place when participants solicit donations from their friends, family, and co-workers. The fundraising really heats up when teams and individual walkers compete to raise the highest amounts in their categories. Prizes are donated by community businesses for those individuals and teams who raise the most funds for DCAP.”
To sign up your team, visit www.razoo.com/team/Dcap-Aids-Walk-2012 and click on “Fundraise” on the right side of the page. Make sure it says DOUGLAS COUNTY AIDS PROJECT INC. For more information, visit www.douglascountyaidsproject.org
Kinsey Sicks to perform in Wichita
Spencer Brown, also known to his fans as Daisy Buckët or Trampolina in The Kinsey Sicks, has been touring in San Francisco and in Tampa, Fla., right across the street from the Republican National Convention in August. On Sept. 21, though, America’s favorite Dragapella ensemble, The Kinsey Sicks, will present their new election show, “Electile Dysfunction,” at Century II’s Mary Jane Teall Theater in Wichita. Tickets are $28, $38 and a special $48 ticket that includes admission to an after-party with the performers at Rain Café & Lounge, 518 E. Douglas Ave. Tickets are available at www.WichitaTIX.com, by calling 316-219-4TIX (4849), or in person at 225 W. Douglas Ave.
For out-of-town guests, a special rate at the Hotel at WaterWalk is available. Call 316-263-1061 for reservations.