CampBiz – October, 2012

September Events
Kudos to MGRA Show-Me State Rodeo, Latino Gay Pride and the AIDS Bicycle Cruise. They were part of a packed September, with scores of dedicated volunteers putting on events and raising money for causes in the Kansas City LGBT community. You all did great, and we benefited from your efforts.
Spirit of Hope MCC’s 40th anniversary
On Aug. 25, after we went to press with our September issue of Camp, the well-loved local welcoming congregation Spirit of Hope celebrated its 40th anniversary with nearly a week of activities and a concert by the nationally known gay duo Jason and deMarco. The culmination of the events was the dinner and awards ceremony. We are honored that the congregation chose Camp as the recipient of one of their many community awards — “For promoting our community.” The congregation also just recarpeted the church in royal blue after more than 15 years of living with the burgundy carpet, according to the Rev. Kurt Krieger. He showed me the finished work last week, and it looks fabulous, despite the difficulties presented for carpet installers by the tricky angles of the many different levels of floor and altar.
Kansas City Bear Mafia presents ‘The Growling Twenties’
Kansas City Bear Mafia is planning their Bear Prom, with the theme “The Growling Twenties” at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 in the second-floor event space above Morning Glory Antiques, 313 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $25 per person or $35 if you want a commemorative flute. From the website, it looks like they may even be encouraging creative black-tie attire. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35, and any remaining flutes will be sold at the merchandise table. This is a 21-and-over event, and you will be required to show ID at the door. Tickets will be available online only until Oct. 1 (

Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note
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 chorus’ newly redesigned website,
SAVE Inc. presents Masquerade!
SAVE Inc. reports they are bringing back fundraising events like Corroboree with a new event called HomeComing 2012: Masquerade! The event will be from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 26, at Pennway Place. They will have a DJ and music, great food and an open bar. In addition, there will be a silent auction as they had formerly done with Corroboree.

Their website says: “A unique feature to HomeComing will be individually hosted pre-event parties we’ve dubbed Home Parties. These pre-parties are underwritten by volunteer hosts who ask their guests to make a minimum donation of $50 to SAVE Inc. This donation grants guests entrance into the pre-party and also provides them a ticket to the main HomeComing event at Pennway Place. As the individual Home Parties begin to wind down at around 8 p.m., guests gather at the main event for a few additional hours of fun and partying. Home Parties can be hosted by anyone (even you) and held anywhere: your own home, a local restaurant, or anywhere you know your friends will have a good time prior to HomeComing. While Home Parties are a great way to start the night, an individual ticket may be purchased at any time through the ticket section of the event site at”

To learn how to be a Home Party host or for more information on HomeComing, contact Sara Gardner at 816-531-8340 x230 or, or visit or
Cirque du Gay
Two stars of the Kansas City Fringe Festival are bringing back their circus show that will present a new image of the traditional circus clown. Starring Dennis Porter and Peyton Westfall, Cirque du Gay will be presenting a new show and adding special guest artists. Their press release states: “These two gay clowns are ready to show you what REALLY happens under the big top and behind the curtain. You’ll get a whole new view, with two shows in one. This time they’ll get a little help from their new cleaning lady (guest clown Beth Byrd) to keep any stray audience member (guest clown Julie Varholdt) from pulling up the stakes on their whole operation.”

Cirque du Gay will be presented at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central St., Kansas City, Mo. at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with a valid college ID are $10 anytime. To reserve your tickets, go to For more information and directions go to or
Kansas Equality Coalition to sponsor Lawrence LGBT Summit
The Lawrence/Douglas County Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition will sponsor its second LGBT Summit on from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kan

Their press release describes the event: “The summit will include a line-up of speakers to educate the public and increase the understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. We also hope to provide valuable insight into some issues facing the greater Lawrence Community regarding faith and family and the effects that an inclusive community can have on the health of a community, including mental health and economic development. Before and after the speakers, a candidate mixer will take place.”

“The goal of this year’s summit is educate, connect, and inspire,” explains Scott Criqui, chairman of the coalition’s LGBT Summit Planning Committee and a candidate for Lawrence City Commission. “My hope is to connect and educate people to inspire a more inclusive community.”

The summit is free and open to the public. All elected city, county, and state officials and candidates for those offices will be invited. Officials and candidates have received a special invitation to attend. For additional information, contact Criqui at 785-760-2484 or

Fall Harvest
Our good friend Trisha Lynn has been keeping us posted on the event she brought to Kansas City in 2008 for the transgender community called Fall Harvest. This year it’s scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at the Holiday Inn at the Plaza, One East 45th St., Kansas City, Mo.

This year’s featured speaker is surgeon Marci Bowers of San Mateo, Calif. Bowers has received recognition as a leader in gender-reassignment surgery. As a physician who is also transgender, she has performed many sexual reassignment surgeries.

Their newsletter reports: “Fall Harvest is always planned for the first weekend in November and will be hosted in Kansas City for the first time in several years. Gurlz travel from different parts of the country to experience our mid-west hospitality.” All are welcome to attend — transgender, cross dressers, M2F and F2M, wives, partners and admirers.

In her story in the October 2008 issue of Camp, Jamie Tyroler wrote, “Fall Harvest began over 17 years ago, and was originally part of a group called the Mid-America Gender Group Information Exchange (MAGGIE). MAGGIE was an alliance of gender support groups in the Midwest. Over the years the MAGGIE alliance died, and so did Fall Harvest. In 2001, organizers from the River City Gender Alliance (RCGA) in Omaha, Neb., decided to revive the convention and find a permanent home for it in Omaha. Fall Harvest eventually went through several transitions and organizers, and in 2006 it fell completely apart and that year’s conference was canceled.” Jamie wrote that Trisha Lynn brought the conference to Kansas City for the first time that year, in 2008.

The costs are $100 for all day on Saturday and $75 for general registration and seminars. For a limited time, there is a $25 discount offer, and they also allow installment payments via credit card.

For more information, visit To reserve a hotel room call 816-753-7400 and ask for the Fall Harvest 2012 rates.
Museum Presents New Exhibit at Union Station
The Kansas City Museum, with the support of the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, is proud to bring the exhibition Visiones del Arte Mexicano/Visions of Mexican Art to Union Station Kansas City through Nov. 11. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from 53 of Mexico’s most renowned artists, including Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Jose Luis Cuevas and Graciela Iturbide.

The exhibit is free. For exhibit hours and more information, go to

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