The Kansas City AIDS Walk marches on, rain or shine, and this year, it was rain. Although it was just a light mist the morning of April 27, the grounds at Theis Park quickly became waterlogged from the previous two days of rain, and loyal walkers had a lot of laundering of shoes and pants to do when they got home. The weather didn’t deter the walkers, from parents with baby strollers to pet lovers who brought their dogs. It was a great show of support. Once again, as in prior years, Kansas City Mayor Sly James was there and led the walkers as the walk proceeded. We’ll report on final fundraising totals in a future issue of Camp.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The HMC reports that they had the third-highest-grossing fundraising team at AIDS Walk and raised $8,500.
In June, when we celebrate Gay Pride around the world, the Heartland Men’s Chorus will present its summer concert, “Heart and Soul,” to entertain us in Fifties style. The HMC website describes the concert this way: “Return to an era when father knew best, Cadillacs had tail fins, and hula hoops were all the rage. From ‘Sing Along with Mitch’ to the birth of rock and roll, HMC puts the ‘fabulous’ in the Fabulous Fifties!”
Heart and Soul
8 p.m. Saturday, June 8
4 p.m. Sunday, June 9
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
For tickets, call 816- 931-3338 or choose your seats at hmckc.org.
The group is also planning its annual fundraising Garden Party at 7 p.m. June 15. It’s a great summer evening of food, beverages and friends at a beautiful home of their hosts. For more information visit: www.hmckc.org.
Secretary of state gives protections to his LGBT employees
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced revised office personnel policies, extending nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in the Secretary of State’s Office.
“As a state representative, I strongly supported the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act because Missourians should not be fired from their jobs, kicked out of restaurants or denied a place to live simply because of their sexual orientation,” Kander said. “Now as secretary of state, I felt it was important that my employees were offered an inclusive and equitable workplace, which is why I have added protections proposed by the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act into our office policies. This is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing for all employers to do to boost employee morale, increase retention and better compete for new talent.”
Kander strengthened the office’s nondiscrimination and workplace harassment policies. The updated policies safeguard against adverse actions taken on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The policies, announced April 18, took effect immediately. Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
KCGayFilmFest celebrates the power of sharing stories
More than 24 new feature films and timely documentaries will be featured in the 14th annual Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, coming June 20-27 to the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport. Widely acknowledged for its ability to entertain as well as educate, the festival is the city’s oldest and best-attended community film program.
The official line-up will be announced shortly, but festival director Jamie Rich has revealed some of this year’s marquee selections:
• I Am Divine – A celebration of the life and talents of John Waters’ fearless muse, Divine.
• G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) – The timely teen comedy that’s got everyone talking.
• Cloudburst – An encore screening of the hilarious comedy with Oscar-winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.
• Hot Guys With Guys – A hot new film with a fresh take on the action-comedy buddy film.
The weeklong showcase at the Tivoli will also feature the premiere of the first film created by the festival’s OUT HERE NOW Short Film Project. OUTWRITE, directed by Lisa Marie Evans, profiles three local writers — Mark Manning, Philip “blue owl” Hooser, and David Wayne Reed — whose spoken-word performances are a vital part of Kansas City’s gay history and its current dynamic arts scene.
Around the same time as this year’s festival, two landmark decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court are expected to be handed down. The verdicts on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act will directly impact the lives of millions of LGBT people across the country. To mark this historic time, KCGayFilmFest’s production team will be collecting, recording and preserving stories from the local LGBT and allied communities on love and marriage. A series of story-gathering and story-sharing events will be held before, during and after this year’s festival.
The Westport Regional Business League and the Kansas City Human Rights Commission’s Gay & Lesbian Task Force are among this year’s festival sponsors. For more information, visit www.kcgayfilmfest.com
Jason Webb, board member from our LGBT youth group Passages, reports their scheduled activities in May.
5:30-9 p.m. May 8 — Wednesday Night w/ Grinder’s Pizza.
5:30-9 p.m. May 15 — Wednesday Night w/ Kansas City
6:30-11 p.m. May 18 — “Light Up the Night” Prom.
The annual prom will be open to youth ages 14-20. Dinner is free, and you will have a chance to hang out with your friends, make new ones, and have a prom in a fun and hate-free space. Details on location, etc., can be found at Facebook.com/kcpassages. We’ll have glow-sticks and glow-in-the-dark accessories, along with our DJ/audio setup, all ready for you to dance. Members of the community who would like to support our mission can donate at www.kcpassages.org.
In addition, Passages, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has a campaign underway to find 50 community supporters willing to donate $20 each month. Achieving this goal will cover the organization’s rent, liability insurance, and utility expenses for both Wednesday and Saturday night operations. Sign up at www.kcpassages.org.
KC Pioneers present Trails’ End 38
The KC Pioneers, a leather/Levi club that raises money for local HIV, gay youth and leather causes, will present Trails’ End 38 on May 17-19. This year’s theme for the run is “Back to High School, Fun Times in the Locker Room.” .
Registration is $120. Included are a Friday night buffet, midnight snacks, Saturday lunch, Saturday banquet, and Sunday brunch. Cocktail parties are scheduled around the clock. Shuttles will be provided to move people among venues. Saturday afternoon activities will be at the club’s home bar, Missie B’s, and they include an enduro, games, and a run show. They will also crown a HomeCumming Queen!
The host hotel is Best Western Inn & Conference Center, 501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Rooms are $79/night plus tax. Contact Best Western at 913-677-3060 and mention the group code “KC Pioneers” for the reduced rate. A poker draw and silent auction over the weekend will benefit Passages, Kansas City’s LGBT youth group. Request an application from firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit their Facebook page, KC Pioneers.
Sarah Golden at Social Bar
Sarah Golden, the openly gay singer/songwriter who was a contestant on the 2012 Season 2 NBC show The Voice will be performing at Social, 1118 McGee St., 8 p.m.-3 a.m. May 11. She’ll be joined by Amanda Hughey, Dustin Rapier, Holmes Street and D.J. Tabitha. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Millennial League and Bistro 303 Tea Dances
Bistro 303 has announced its schedule of Sunday Tea Dances for the Millennial League, the young adult group that raises awareness and funds for the AIDS Service Foundation. The tea dances start at 4 p.m., and the bar removes the tables in its adjoining room for a big dance party, all for a great cause. The dates and themes are:
• May 5, “Cinco de Mayo”
• June 2, “Dance Off With Your Pants Off”
• July 7, “Red, White and Trash”
• Aug. 4, “The Stoplight Party”
• Sept. 1, “College Redo: The Toga Party”
• Oct. 27, “The Costume Contest”
• Nov. 24, “The RED Party”
• Dec. 29, “Christmas is a Drag”
• Jan. 26, “The Graffiti Party”