June, the traditional Pride month, will be a busy one for the LGBT community. Kelly Luck has compiled a listing of the many Pride events in the five-state area. You can find it on page 12 of the June print issue. The Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Out Here Now Film Festival will run from June 12 to July 3 at the Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. See Paul Donovan’s article about it on page 22 of the June print issue.
I’m pleased to report that the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association is expanding its website to feature much more content about LGBT events and tourism. Camp will be providing KCCVA with content, much of it from this column. So if you have events to publicize, as always, send an email to JLong@campkc.com. You can check out the new KCCVA website at VisitKC.com/LGBT.
Gay Pride KC 2014
Kansas City PrideFest will be June 20-22 in both Kansas and Missouri on State Line Road in the historic West Bottoms district, next to Kemper Arena.
The event will feature a dance party on Friday night and a festival and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and all day on Sunday, June 22. Admission is $5 on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.gaypridekc.org.
The event will also feature crop artist Stan Herd, who will be creating an Earthwork piece of art for the Pride festival. The piece will have an emphasis on humanitarian aspects of life.
Three events are scheduled before the weekend festival.
June 17. A symposium on LGBT issues to be held on the UMKC campus.
June 18. An Interfaith Service at Unity on the Plaza presented by Kansas City Coalition for Welcoming Ministries.
June 19. Movie screening and discussion, The Case Against 8 at Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo., presented by the Human Rights Commission and PROMO.
June 20. 6 p.m.-midnight. The party kicks off Pride weekend with the spinning talents of DJ Chad Slater, DJ Remix, Universal Records DJ Aaron Fries, Daniel Weaver and international DJ Sophia Lin.
June 21. Noon-11 p.m. Entertainment provided by local, regional and national acts, including Big Bad Gina and several DJs from around the region and country.
June 22. Noon-6 p.m. Entertainment continues, and the festival will close with the Battle of the Bars.
In addition, vendors providing food, beverages, promotional and educational literature, merchandise and more to the LGBT community will be on site throughout the weekend.
The official hotel for Pride, the Marriott Downtown, will offer discounted rooms. You can access them through the festival website, www.gaypridekc.org.
For more information on the events and sponsorship, contact Bill Svoboda at Event Pros Inc. at 816-960-3400 or email@example.com.
This annual event is presented by Kansas City Diversity Coalition. Additional information can be found at www.gaypridekc.org.
Free Family Picnics
There are two picnics for LGBT families — on May 31 and June 1. Here are the details.
Family Day in the Park
May 31. 1-4 p.m. Join the Kansas City Human Rights Campaign and PROMO for a Family Day in the Park. This first-time event will be held at Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo. There will be music, face painting, ice cream, coloring, storytime, and a fire truck. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/hrckansascity or http://promoonline.org/events/family-day-in-the-park.html.
Midwest Alternative Family Alliance Picnic
June 1. Noon-2 p.m. Party Pavilion at Franklin Park, at Roe Avenue and Somerset Drive in Prairie Village, Kan. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided