Out With the Royals:
Forever Proud, Forever Royal
This first annual “gay day” event at the July 22 Royals game was a huge success, with 600 registered participants, plus more who went on their own. Kudos to Scott Switzer for getting this new event off the ground with such an enthusiastic group. The Royals showed a “Welcome KC LGBT Community” message on the scoreboard in the third inning and later commented on the group’s Facebook page with a message from Matthew Schulte: “Speaking as a Royals representative, I just want to thank everyone for coming to the ballpark and showing your love for the Royals. It was an awesome first-year event that will continue to grow. I was very moved to see all the participation, openness, and community. Plus you all saw a Royals Win! Forever Proud, Forever Royal.” The Royals won, 5-1, over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Participants traveled to Kauffman Stadium on party buses leaving from Bistro 303, Hamburger Mary’s, Missie B’s and Sidekicks. After-parties were held at the bars when they returned. Any profits from the event will go to the AIDS Service Foundation, and we’ll report more after the organizers have had time to wrap up the details of the event.
Looking ahead at the Lighthouse
Our Kansas City LGBT center, the LIKEME Lighthouse, tells us they are transitioning to using “3911” for their address on Main Street. They’ve been using “3909” for the last three years, but that is the second of the two front doors. So they ask that you to change your records to the new 3911 street address.
On Aug. 8, the LIKEME Lighthouse will host “Band Together,” a music benefit and raffle hosted by Melinda Ryder and featuring the bands Radial Red, Holmes Street, Lauren Karr with Jacob Cacias, and A.W.E.S. Local authors and artists will also make guest appearances, including K.B. Draper, Jen Harris, Kris Bryant and Joy Baker. The Roxy, 7230 W. 75th St., Overland Park, Kan. $5 cover. Doors open at 6 p.m.
LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
3911 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Aug 4 Tuesday Night Movie, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 6 Gay Christian Fellowship, 6-7 p.m.
Aug 6 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 8 “Band Together,” 6 p.m.
Aug 10 Eat Their Words, 7-8 p.m.
Aug 11 Tuesday Night Movie, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 12 Hear Me Out Toastmasters, 6-8 p.m.
Aug 13 Gay Christian Fellowship, 6-7 p.m.
Aug 13 Social Cycle, 6-7:30 p.m.
Aug 13 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 16 Fabulous Queer Writers, 4-6 p.m.
Aug 18 Tuesday Night Movie, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 20 EQUAL Trans Support, 5-8 p.m.
Aug 20 Gay Christian Fellowship, 6-7 p.m.
Aug 20 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 23 PFLAG Monthly Meeting, 3-4 p.m.
Aug 25 Tuesday Night Movie *cancelled*
Aug 27 Social Cycle. 6-7:30 p.m.
Aug 27 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Nov. 13 Annual Comedy Night fundraiser,
July 30-Aug. 1
Kansas City Black Pride
The organizers have been working on three days of events to be held at Club Rain, 8012 Troost Ave., and Troostwood Banquet Hall, 6049 Troost Ave. Events will include the opening Kick-Off Bash at 9 p.m. July 30 at Club Rain, the King/Queen Pageant which starts at 7:30 p.m. July 31 at Troostwood Banquet Hall, and the first annual Sunday “I Woke Up Like This” Brunch at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at the banquet hall. They are posting each day’s events on the group’s Facebook page: KansasCityBlackPride.
Bear Crossing 2 – The Sequel
The KC Bear Mafia is following up on its first Bear Crossing in 2014 with this year’s event. Last year, the event sold out, with participants from around Missouri and other states. The host hotel will be the 816 Hotel in Westport.
Registration and other information can be found at bearcrossingkc.org. Registration costs $115 for the weekend. Online registration ends July 31; the price will be $150 at the door. For those who are local and can only attend some of the events, a la carte pricing will be available.
Bowl-A-Rama with NetworQ
The LGBT social group in Lawrence, Kansas, is hosting a fun night of bowling at 7 p.m. at the Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St., Lawrence. NetworQ has many social events in Lawrence throughout the year. For information, join the NetworQ group on Facebook.
2nd annual Rainbow Run
The Rainbow Coalition for Equality and Diversity is hosting its 2nd annual Rainbow Run. Last year’s run raised more than $2,000 for PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality. The timed run will be on Cliff Drive in Kansas City’s Kessler Park.
The Rainbow Coalition calls itself “a grassroots, nonprofit organization that aims to promote equality and bring awareness to diversity through community outreach and education.”
To register for the run: https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/KansasCity/RainbowRunforEquality5K
Sept. 4 – 28
‘Black Bewitched’ from Late Night Theater
After a sold-out run of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, Late Night Theater is bringing back this satire of the TV show from the 1960s and ’70s, this time with an all-black cast of actors. The show will feature Moltyn Decadence, Widow Von’Du, Regina La-rae and more. Mark your calendars and check their Facebook page for more information. Tickets on sale now at 816-235-6222 or http://www.umkc.edu/finadmin/cto/default.asp.
‘Michael is 21 Again’ Birthday Bash and Community Fair
Michael Burnes, the beloved owner of Missie B’s, is celebrating his birthday once again in style with an all-day bash and community fair to benefit local organizations. They are working out all the details now, and the plans are evolving. So check out their Facebook events page for the day’s schedule of events.
7th annual Latino Gay Pride
Latino Gay Pride will be a two-day event again this year. Friday night will be a street party with great entertainment on Westport Road, and Saturday will be a family-friendly event in Hyde Park. There will be dancing to DJs and entertainers on Friday night, as well as stage entertainment on Saturday. For more information, visit www.latinogaypridekc.com or on Facebook: Latino Gay Pride.
11th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise
This ride grows stronger every year. The 2014 event had 300 riders and it raised $35,000, according to organizer Josh Strodtman. This year they want to top $40,000.
They will have a new venue, too. The party on wheels will begin and end in the parking lot of Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., with rest stops that include food, adult and regular beverages, and live music. They will also have an after-party at Hamburger Mary’s in the afternoon. It’s a fun, non-competitive ride, designed for the average cyclist and for those who want to pick up the pace.
Registration is at 11 a.m., and the ride begins at noon. Registration is $35 until Aug. 1 if you use the code “SAVE5.” It is $40 afterward or $45 on the day of the event. For more information, visit www.abckc.org or on Facebook: AIDS Bicycle Cruise.