Just in case you missed our August MGRA Show-Me-State Rodeo issue of Camp: The annual Labor Day weekend rodeo will be Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena, 22801 State Line Rd., Cleveland, Mo. You don’t want to miss out on this fun event. For more information, check out the articles at www.campkc.com and MRGA’s website: www.mgra.us.
HRC-KC Tee-Up for Equality
Next on the Human Rights Campaign’s 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: $100/$400. 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 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. Look for more information on their website and on page 10 in the print issue of Camp.
Douglas County AIDS Project Walk
Get out your walking shoes and join DCAP on Sept. 22 for their AIDS Walk in Lawrence, Kan. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the walk takes place at 11 a.m. The two-mile course begins and ends at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire, in Lawrence. There will also be a brunch at Maceli’s, provided by the Lawrence LGBT social group, NetworQ. For more information or to sign up online, visit www.douglascountyaidsproject.org.
Latino Gay Pride
Latino Gay Pride is returning for its fifth consecutive year in Hyde Park, 38th Street and Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo. This will be a fun family event from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 7. Come out and enjoy some Latin music, free food, and fun. Read Monica Soto’s story on page 19 in the print issue of Camp.
The first annual TransKansas Conference will be held Sept. 6-8 in Lawrence, Kan. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine St. There will be a welcome meeting Friday night. 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.
LIKEME Lighthouse news
The center is having a CD release party for Summer Osborne from 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13. She will perform live and sign copies of her CD. Admission is $10, and all of the proceeds will go to Osborne’s CD expenses. The center, at 3909 Main St. in Kansas City, Mo., is now hosting PFLAG meetings on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates are Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 22. In addition, the center has Tuesday evening movie nights and weekly bicycle rides, and many groups are using the location for meetings. LIKEME is a great resource for Kansas City and is fulfilling its role as an LGBT center. Sign up for its monthly electronic newsletter and find out more information at www.likemelighthouse.org.
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 includes shows by Kansas City’s own Dirty Dorothy with New York openly gay comedian Eddie Sarfaty. The evening will then feature a great street dance with DVJs Synematix. Saturday will feature entertainment by Kristie Stremel, Grenadina, Tom Goss, Victoria Barbee, Jeb Havens, and The Depth and The Whisper. The location is Baltimore Street between 19th and 20th Streets, next to Hamburger Mary’s. Many businesses and organizations have already signed up for tables at the event, and there’s still time for your group to do so. Organizations will also get stage time to speak about their group to the crowd. For information on a vendor table or sponsorship, download a 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. There is no admission charge to the street festival on Friday night and Saturday, so come out for a great free celebration!
Terri Goddard has sent a press release to announce a new event she is planning called shOUT 2013:
“The Kansas City Diversity Coalition, in partnership with Social Bar Kansas City, Bistro 303, Missie B’s and Sidekicks, is proud to announce a new event celebrating National Coming Out Day (Oct.11). In conjunction with the opening registration of the Heart of America Softball League’s Show Me Showdown Tournament, a street blast is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 11 in front of Social Bar at 1118 McGee from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.”
Goddard reports that “Social Bar and the Heart of America Softball League had already begun discussions in early May regarding a street festival to launch the Show-Me Showdown Softball Tournament, running Oct. 11-13. Since these two events would be on the same weekend, the parties agreed that combining efforts would be best, showing once again the unity of our community organizations, businesses and individuals all across the Kansas City metro area.”
The entertainment will include: Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown, Eric Himan, Steve Grand, Latrice Royale, and Frenchie Davis. There will be a $5 cover for all persons coming to the festival. Drinks and food will be available for purchase inside the grounds. Attendees under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a celebrity Meet and Greet Outdoor Lounge, and tickets for that are $100. More information can be found at www.shoutkc.com.
Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note
Mark your calendars for Dinner of Note 2013. The Heartland Men’s Chorus is kicking off its 28th season with this annual black tie or creative black tie and cocktail dress event. The benefit features the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, Imperial Ballroom, Muehlebach Tower, 12th and Wyandotte Streets, Kansas City, Mo. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.hmckc.org.
UMKC’s monthly Best of the Fest screenings
Jamie Rich of the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is announcing a new film series: “There is a special Best of the Fest Film Series being presented this fall, thanks to UMKC’s LGBTQIA Programs & Services. Three favorites from this year’s Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival are having encore screenings at the UMKC Student Union Theatre.”
Here’s the lineup:
Birthday Cake (a mockumentary that won the festival’s Best Comedy Jury Prize), Tuesday, Sept. 3 (www.birthdaycakemovie.com).
G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), Tuesday, Oct. 8 (www.outherenow.com/gbf.html).
Ian Harvie Superhero, Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for UMKC students and $5 for the general public, and they are available at the door only. There is free parking in the Cherry St. Garage Levels 5&6. The screenings are co-presented by Out Here Now and the LIKEME Lighthouse.
PROMO’s DOMA ruling town hall meetings
PROMO, Missouri’s statewide group fighting for LGBT equality, and ACLU of Eastern Missouri are holding town hall meetings around the state to clarify the effects of the Supreme Court’s June rulings on changes to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
They say the meetings will include:
An overview of what federal benefits now apply to legally married couples;
Gathering personal stories;
Developing strategies for the next steps toward marriage in Missouri;
Question and answer time.
The meeting in Kansas City will be 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Bluford Branch Library, Bluford Conference Center, 3050 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Other meetings will be in St. Louis and Columbia.
In addition they will be hosting a Statewide Webinar and Twitter Town Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4. For more information on the town halls and to sign up for the free webinar, go to promoonline.org/news/marriage/promo-and-aclu-team-up-for-town-halls.html. There will be a Q & A on Twitter afterward using #DOMAMO13.
HomeComing: A Mad Affair
SAVE Inc. is hosting a fundraising party called “HomeComing: A Mad Affair” from 8 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 1 at Pennway Place. Their Facebook page reports: “This year’s HomeComing will feature an ode to all things Mad Men, from fabulous fashions to libations and food!” For information about sponsoring HomeComing or donating auction items, visit www.savehomecoming.com or contact Sara Gardner at email@example.com or 816-531-8340, Ext. 230. Visit their Facebook page for “Homecoming: A Mad Affair.” Camp is working with SAVE Inc. on a special November issue featuring this event and the work of SAVE, which provides housing options to socially and medically disadvantaged people.
Spirit of Hope MCC’s 30-day campaign to raise $10,000
The Rev. Kurt Krieger of the Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church says the church has a new fundraising campaign. He reports, “The plan is to use the funds to be able to do much more outreach with the community and fund some changes in the building to do more care of our community and neighborhood.” Krieger also promises to shave and perform for the first time in drag at Missie B’s if they reach their goal! Missie B’s has also been hosting a Taco Night on Fridays to raise money for this important cause. The campaign will culminate with a big celebration weekend Sept. 14-15.
In a letter to supporters, Krieger writes that Spirit of Hope has been a leader in reaching out and caring about the community for 41 years. Among these efforts have been providing an emergency food pantry; helping create the Good Samaritan Project and SAVE Inc., both of which responded early on to the AIDS/HIV crisis; and creating the Lesbian Cancer Project to help ensure access to mammograms.
Since Krieger became the church’s senior pastor four years ago, Spirit of Hope has started providing monthly community potlucks, free community meals and distributions of personal hygiene products. And the church is working to create a local chapter of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) because, he writes, “We are also aware of a great need of senior LGBT members of our congregation for response to aging issues of independent living, advocacy for those in nursing care facilities, housing issues and access to health care.”
For more information on how you can donate and support the work of Spirit of Hope, visit www.sohkc.org.
The Gay Blood Challenge
Randy Fowler of Kansas City’s PFLAG shared an email he received from a man who is trying to get signatures to change the current blood-donation policy that bans men who have sex with men from donating. The man, Mike Hernandez, wrote, “About 15 month ago, I started a petition to allow gay and bisexual men the right to donate blood (we have about 11K signatures). I am emailing your chapter to ask you to please sign the petition I have created, and pass it around to as many people and friends (and other local LGBT organizations) as you can. You can find this petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-food-and-drug-administration-allow-gay-men-to-donate-blood.”