This issue of Camp highlights the annual Missouri Gay Rodeo Association’s 20th annual Show-Me State Rodeo, which will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena in Cleveland, Mo. (www.mgra.us). It is always a pleasure for us to work with MGRA on the rodeo guide and to attend the rodeo. The people who participate and compete in our rodeo are a dedicated group who also participate in International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) rodeos in other cities. These amazing men and women spend their personal time and income to make all the rodeos happen. Mark your calendars now to be at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena and see some incredible rodeo talent competing to win each event, as well as a lot of fun with all the other less competitive events.
Bistro 303 Artist Retrospective
From Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, Bistro 303 will be featuring a 60-year retrospective of Kansas City artists, including: Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Kraft, Jim Hamil, Ty Wilson, Betty Switzer Hutson, and Chad Alexander.
Works include oil, pen and ink, serigraph, gauche, and gelatin print photography. The show is on loan from the private collection of Bistro 303 owner Gene Switzer and is the first in a series of events to help celebrate Bistro 303’s 10th anniversary on Sept. 19. Bistro 303 is located at 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
HRC Kansas City at Worlds of Fun
A great summer event organized by the Kansas City chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will be an outing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Worlds of Fun.
Information from the HRC states: “Come out to Worlds of Fun this August! The event provides positive visibility in the Kansas City area for the LGBT community, as well as being family-friendly and all-ages oriented. This event is open to HRC members, friends, family, and straight allies.”
Worlds of Fun
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Adult admission: $36/ticket
Child admission (under 48 inches): $31/ticket
Five dollars from each ticket purchase is donated to HRC and makes you an annual member. For tickets, visit: https://www.facebook.com/kansascityhrc/events.
HRC Tee-Up for Equality
Next on the HRC event schedule will be the 9th annual golf tournament from 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 14 at Swope Memorial Golf Course. Registration at 7 a.m.; shotgun at 8 a.m. After-party in the Clubhouse will feature awards, auction, food and beverage. Fees are: $90/$360 for early bird sales until Aug. 1, and $100/$400 after Aug. 1. To register, go to: https://www.facebook.com/kansascityhrc/events.
Matt Alber and Tom Goss at Spirit of Hope MCC
Two singer/songwriters familiar to the Kansas City LGBT community will return for a concert Sept. 7. This is sure to be a sellout show. The concert is from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with a VIP reception at 7 p.m. Doors open for general admission at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at: www.mattalber.com/kc. Spirit of Hope MCC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
AIDS Bicycle Cruise
The AIDS Bicycle Cruise, at noon Sept. 15, is the best party on wheels around. Registration is now open at $30 for a limited time (www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org). You can ride in costume or just show up in regular gear for a great time with food, adult beverages, entertainment, and an easy, well-designed bicycle ride for a great cause. If you haven’t been on a bicycle recently, the group has training rides from Family Bicycles in Waldo on Monday evenings. Look for more information on their website and in the September issue of Camp. Family Bicycles in Waldo at their new location of 73rd Terrace and Wornall Road on Monday evenings, effective August 5.
Latino Gay Pride
Latino Gay Pride is returning for its fifth consecutive year n Hyde Park, 38th Street and Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo. This will be a fun family event on Sept. 7 from 2-9 p.m. Come out and enjoy some Latin music, free food, and fun. Look for more information in the September issue of Camp.
The first annual TransKansas Conference will be held Sept. 6-8 in Lawrence, Kan. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine St. There will be a Friday night welcome meeting (time to be determined). Three or four tracks will run simultaneously on Saturday, with two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions on each track. The keynote speaker at the Saturday banquet will be an advocate for the LGBT community, Nathan Phelps, who is the estranged son of the Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. For costs and more information visit: www.transkansas.com.
LGBT grief support group
A new LGBT grief support group was started recently for peer-to-peer support, compassion and encouragement. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 2:30 p.m. in the lower-level meeting room of Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. Everyone is welcome — widowers, widows, friends, family members and caregivers who supported partners during their difficult days.
Out in the Crossroads
To celebrate National LGBT History month in October and National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Camp is working with Hamburger Mary’s on a great new fall street festival called “Out in the Crossroads” to be held Oct. 4-6. There will be stage entertainment and dancing beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and a street festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, with stage entertainment, vendor booths, food and more.
Entertainment already includes shows by Kansas City’s own Dirty Dorothy, Kristie Stremel and Tom Goss. On Sunday, Oct. 6, will be a Crossroads Brunch Crawl benefiting the LIKEME Lighthouse at 11 a.m. and closing event at 3 p.m. More entertainment will be signed in the next few weeks. The location is Baltimore Street between 19th and 20th Streets, next to Hamburger Mary’s. For information on a vendor table or sponsorship, download a vendor/sponsorship packet at www.outinthecrossroads.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call 816-842-1919 and ask for Jeff Edmondson. If you have to leave a message, please be sure to let the person know that your call is in reference to the Out in the Crossroads Street Festival. Please also note that an email will likely receive a swifter response.
Like the Facebook page “Out in the Crossroads” to stay up-to-date on new entertainment as acts are signed, and visit www.outinthecrossroads.com.
Heartland Men’s Chorus to bid farewell to Joe Nadeau
The Heartland Men’s Chorus issued a press release announcing that Joe Nadeau has been selected to be the new artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He will begin his new post in August and will lead the Heartland Men’s Chorus’ artistic efforts through the December 2013 concert.
The chorus announced that a national search for its next artistic director will commence in early fall, with the goal to announce the new appointment in early 2014.
In their press release they say, “Joe joined the HMC staff in 1998. During his 15-year tenure, the Chorus has grown dramatically in terms of members/ singers, audience, and local and national recognition. More than 140 men now perform in a concert cycle to consistently sold-out houses. A three-concert, four-performance season has increased to a seven-performance season, drawing the largest audiences for choral programming in our region.
“Under Joe’s leadership, the Chorus earned a reputation for cutting-edge, relevant programming. This includes the development and pioneering of the unique musical documentary format, which has now been adopted by choruses all over North America. The musical documentary combines visuals, narration and other production elements with excellent choral performance to illuminate timely societal issues. Presentation topics have included: gays in the U.S. military; treatment of LGBT members in faith communities; gays in Hollywood and as portrayed in film; songs of the civil rights movements sung by women, people of color, and the LGBT community; and stories of the coming-out process. Through these moving concerts that entertain and educate, Joe has enabled the Chorus to achieve its vision: Our Voices Enlighten, Inspire, Heal and Empower.”
Nadeau’s final concert with Heartland Men’s Chorus will be “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on Dec. 6-8. HMC has said they will invite guest conductors for the 2014 March and June concerts. All season concerts will take place at the Folly Theater.
On the HMC website, Nadeau offers these words of appreciation: “Indeed, I have become a better human being because of my time with Heartland Men’s Chorus. After my time as artistic director ends, I will cherish the wonderful memories and experiences we’ve shared and I will continue to follow HMC with much admiration and love. Thank you for being such an important part of my life.”
Stuart Hinds of GLAMA wrote and told us some important news about the archive: “Despite the administrative upheavals currently underway at Kansas City Museum and Union Station, the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) will continue to be a priority for both the Museum and for LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library. When the initiative was started in 2009, both institutions agreed to a long-term commitment to GLAMA and the effort to collect and preserve the histories of Kansas City’s LGBT communities. Because that agreement is institutional, GLAMA transcends the presence of an individual at either organization, and, as a part of the ongoing mission of both the Museum and the Library, GLAMA will continue for years to come.”
Hinds also informed us of some recent and pending donations:
• A collection of the original artwork from the weekly comic strip that appeared in the Alternate News in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
• A scrapbook of photographs taken by members of Lavender Umbrella, the lesbian separatist organization active in the late 1980s.
• Material related to the Gay People’s Union, an early 1970s UMKC gay and lesbian student group that, when denied funding by the University of Missouri board of curators, sued the board and the case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court.
Hinds went on to tell us, “In addition, Schaeffer Nelson continues to spearhead the OutspokenKC Project, collecting oral histories for GLAMA centered on the theme of love and marriage to coincide with the recent Supreme Court decisions. Not only will the conversations be archived, but transcribed excerpts will be incorporated into a spoken-word performance slated for October. If anyone is interested in being interviewed, they can contact Schaeffer at info@OutspokenKC.com.”
Alexander Edelman selected for “40 Under 40”
Many people in the community know Alexander Edelman from his involvement with several LGBT groups in Kansas City. In July, it was announced that he was selected as one of the National LGBT Bar Association’s “40 Under 40” Top LGBT Lawyers. His law firm of Edelman, Liesen & Myers, L.L.P., issued this statement:
“We congratulate our Partner, Alexander Edelman, on being named one of the top 40 LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Alexander embodies our firm’s commitment to protecting individual rights in all areas of the law, including Employment, Immigration, and Estate Planning. He has done estate planning work for LGBT clients, and written and spoke on the topic. Our firm has advocated for the passage of the Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA) to expand protections to cover sexual orientation as well as gender identity, and represented LGBT individuals who have suffered employment discrimination. We also are excited that with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Windsor v. United States, we will be able to help bi-national same-sex couples apply for immigration status that has long been available to couples of the opposite-sex.”
“I am honored and humbled to have received this award.” said Edelman. “I look forward to continuing my work in the LGBT community and hope this award will draw attention to the importance of every person receiving robust and high quality legal representation, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, or for that matter, their race, religion, sex, or class.”