CampBiz – October, 2013

September was an intense month of activities, with events like the MGRA Show Me State Rodeo, Latino Gay Pride, AIDS Bicycle Cruise, Bistro 303 10th anniversary week of specials, Matt Alber and Tom Goss concert at Spirit of Hope MCC, HRC Tee-Up for Equality, AIDS Walk in Douglas County, TransKansas Conference and more. And we have a great October and November ahead of us as well!

The November issue of Camp will come out one week before Halloween and will feature all the info we have about this big gay holiday in the gay bars. It will also feature a special section about SAVE Inc. and what it does for the community as SAVE launches its new fundraising event, “HomeComing,” on Nov. 1.
LIKEME Lighthouse News
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 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
Hear Me Out Toastmasters
This is a great group that helps people develop their public speaking skills. Toastmasters is a national group, and in Kansas City, our LGBT club is called Hear Me Out Toastmasters. They meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the LIKE Me Lighthouse. For more information, visit:
LIKE ME Lighthouse Evening at The Folly
Our LGBT Center founded by openly gay native Kansan and new mother Chely Wright (her twin sons were born in May) is hosting an exciting evening of entertainment on Nov. 13. Performers will include Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, John Fugelsang, Jim Short and Chely Wright. The show begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., when there will be a silent celebrity auction, along with a live celebrity auction during the show. It will be held at The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Ticket prices begin at $30, and VIP reception tickets are $100. To buy tickets and learn more, go to or call 816-474-4444.
Out in the Crossroads Street Festival
This issue of Camp is a special issue featuring this new community event set for Oct. 4-5 in the 1900 block of Baltimore Avenue. Since we’re publishing this issue one week before the event, entertainment schedules, and lists of sponsors and street vendors could have changed. Make sure you continue to check the website ( for additional information.

Like the Facebook page “Out in the Crossroads” to stay up-to-date on new entertainment as acts are signed. There is no admission charge to the street festival on Friday night or Saturday, so come out for a great celebration!
Shout 2013
Terri Goddard has sent us a press release to announce a new event 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.”

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 attending. 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
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
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:
• G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), Tuesday, Oct. 8 (
• 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 Street Garage, Levels 5 and 6. The screenings are co-presented by Out Here Now and the LIKEME Lighthouse.
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 or contact Sara Gardner at 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.
MAGLCC hosts Business Equality Conference
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Business Equality Conference from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, 2555 Grand Blvd.

The theme of the conference is “Leadership and the LGBT Experience.” Local, regional and national leaders who will share their knowledge and experiences include:
• Kay Barnes (former Kansas City, Mo., mayor and MAGLCC board member)
• Jolie Justus (Missouri state senator)
• Maurice Watson (chairman, Husch Blackwell LLP)
• Herb Kohn (partner, Bryan Cave LLP)
• Dr. Linda Moore (president, Linda L. Moore & Associates)
• Marcus Markle (account manager, Supplier Diversity Initiative, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce)

The keynote address will be given by Will Donius, former chairman and CEO of Pulaski Bank, St. Louis, and author of the bestseller Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Inner Genius.

The conference will conclude with an opportunity to network with other conference attendees before the October B2B Network event begins. That event will also be held at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.

Fees for the event are $50 for MAGLCC members and $95 for non-members. Non-members may allocate up to $45 of the conference fee toward a MAGLCC membership
Conference attendance is limited to 120, so register early to secure your spot. For more information and to register, go to
Spirit of Hope MCC’s 30-day campaign raises $10,000
As we reported in this column in September, Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church had a new 30-day fundraising campaign. The Rev. Kurt Krieger reported, “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 promised to shave and perform for the first time in drag at Missie B’s if they reached their goal.

Well, he accomplished it! It was a strong fund-raiser hosted by Dirty Dorothy and Michael Burnes, owner of Missie B’s, dressed as “Aunty M.” Through many generous donors at the raffle, matched by Burnes, they hit the $10,000 goal. And Krieger made good on his promise to perform in drag, to the delight of his congregation and fans at the bar that day.

For more information on how to support the work of Spirit of Hope, visit

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