CampBiz – July 2014

Beginning this month, we will be separating CampBiz into two sections — news briefs and calendar listings. Calendar listings will be brief and listed in chronological order, with more detail to be found on the Events Calendar at As always, send news of your events to
News Briefs
Kevin Garner hosts reception at Bistro 303
Kevin Garner, an openly gay candidate for the Missouri State Senate representing the 18th District in Clay County, hosted a June 10 meet-and-greet reception at Bistro 303. He spoke about his passion to represent all Missourians, including the LGBT community, for fairness and representation in Jefferson City. Garner teaches at William Jewell College and is active in civic organizations in the Northland. If elected, he will be the third LGBT person to serve in the Missouri House and will be the first from a suburban district. Voters will have a chance to decide in the Aug. 5 Missouri primaries. For more information, visit Garner For House or on Facebook: Kevin Garner for Missouri House.
David Whitner elected Toastmasters district governor
From a press release issued by Kansas City’s Hear Me Out Toastmasters: “David Whitner, a charter member of Hear Me Out Toastmasters, was elected on April 26 to serve as District 22 Governor, presiding over 100 Toastmasters clubs across Kansas and Western Missouri. This highest elected office
in the district follows terms as Lieutenant Governor–Marketing and Lieutenant Governor–Education and Training. His official duties commence on July 1, continuing through June 30. 2015. His official training for the role will take place during the Toastmasters International Convention, to be held the third week of August in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.”

Whitner began his involvement in Toastmasters in 2005, with the formation of the chapter that came to be known as Hear Me Out, which is focused on public speaking and leadership skills for gay and lesbian individuals. For more information on Hear Me Out, visit Hear Me Out Toastmasters or email .
Roeland Park ordinance to protect LGBT people from discrimination
The ordinance proposed March 3 by Roeland Park City Council members Megan England and Jennifer Gunby would protect LGBT
people from discrimination in employment, housing and business regulations.

The vote has been pushed back three times because of questions from Roeland Park residents. A group of anonymous people known as Roeland Park Residents for Non-Discrimination circulated flyers protesting the ordinance for various reasons, including transgender people using bathrooms for the gender they identify with. The vote has been moved to later in June.
Douglas County AIDS Project closing its doors
A June 11 Associated Press story reported that the Douglas County AIDS Project will be closing July 31. Executive director Trenton Garber said that the group’s services and programs for HIV and AIDS prevention will transfer July 1 to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Heartland Community Health Center.
Kim Kircher’s Got Talent
If you’re a fan of Kim Kircher’s, as many of us are, you already know that the lady’s got a great voice. And she’s looking gorgeous these days after losing over 40 pounds through exercise and watching her calorie count. As a nurse practitioner, she knows about health. She also reports that she is in the Top 20 of the Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent Contest, which will be June 20 in Lee’s Summit. In addition, Kircher will be performing on future Wednesdays at Californos in Westport with Melinda Ryder’s husband, Kirk Nelson.
June 20-22:
Gay Pride KC 2014
Kansas City PrideFest will be 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. 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. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit: Gay Pride KC.
June 20:
A Celebration of Queerness
The annual Celebration of Queerness is set at The Writers Place in Kansas City. The program will be hosted by Charles Ferruzza and will feature eight writers, each reading for 10 minutes. Readings begin at 7 p.m., but come early for wine and other refreshments. Suggested donation: $5 at the door, $3 for members of The Writers Place. For more information, visit Writers Place.
June 21:
AIDS Walk’s ‘Party With a Purpose’
4-8 p.m.
Holmes Street between 36th Street and Gleed Terrace
Kansas City, Mo.
This annual block party features live music, dinner and desserts, beer and wine, kids’ beverages, a puppet show, a silent auction, and other activities. More information at AIDS Walk.
June 28:
KCAVP hosts ‘Bash! Coming Out Against Hate Crimes’
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project will host its second annual Bash! to raise funds for its anti-hate crime and anti-bullying programming.
This year’s event will feature live musical entertainment from Dustin Rapier, auctions, raffles, drinks, food, friends and a good cause. Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus and her partner, Lucy Bardwell, are serving as this year’s honorary chairs.
7-10 p.m.
EventPort 208
208 W. 19th St.
(in the Crossroads District)
Kansas City, Mo.
More information, tickets and tables available at, by calling 816-561-2755 or by emailing
July 11-13:
K-Step plans TransKansas Conference
The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-Step) will present the second annual TransKansas Conference at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita. Workshops are being planned on creating safer communities, transgender health care and mental health care, dating, coming out, employment, documents, trans* spirituality, trans* persons of color, gender queer, being a trans* ally, and much more. The tentative schedule includes workshops from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12. There will be a wrap-up session on Sunday, July 13, with the opportunity for attendees to go to Sunday services at College Hill United Methodist. Box lunches on both days from Panera will be available for $10. Orders must be placed no later than 5 p.m. July 9. Snacks and water or soda will also be available.

Admission is $10 for the entire conference, $5 for students or College Hill United Methodist members. Many volunteer opportunities will be available. Additional information will be posted at the TransKansas website, TransKansas.
July 12:
KC Bear Mafia Bingo
Join the Bears at 7 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s for Bear Bingo. Loads of awesome prizes — hotel stays, passes to Coco Keys and more. Hamburger Mary’s, 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
July 14:
Mr. &amp

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