Two Ways to Support Keeping People Safe

Our November cover playfully celebrates the theme of SAVE Inc.’s annual HomeComing fundraiser, “Downtown Funk.” The Nov. 6 party will be held in the event space at Studio Dan Meiner. More details can be found in the special SAVE Inc. supplement in the November issue of Camp.

This marks the third year that we’ve done a special November supplement on SAVE Inc. In previous years, we did supplements for their annual Corroboree fundraiser at the Kansas City Zoo.

SAVE Inc., which provides housing services, is one of four primary AIDS service providers supported by the AIDS Service Foundation. The others are the Good Samaritan Project, Hope Care Center and the KC Care Clinic. These groups have been doing great work and serving the local community for decades, since the beginning of the AIDS crisis.

The role of SAVE Inc. has changed in recent years. AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was, and people and families affected by HIV are living longer. The housing services that SAVE provides offer dignity to those in the community who are rebuilding their lives, whether they are living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness or substance abuse.

In this special section, you’ll read stories from board members, staff and a client on the valuable contributions that SAVE makes to our community. When you participate in AIDS Walk and AIDS Service Foundation events, you also contribute to the value that this organization provides to Kansas City.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Once again, the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project will be hosting Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event held in many cities in the United States.

To mark the day, KCAVP reports that it will conduct a walk-through/vigil on the Plaza on Friday, Nov. 20. Participants can gather at 6:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Unity Temple on the Plaza, and the demonstration will start promptly at 7 p.m. They will walk through the Plaza and end at Unity Temple, where refreshments will be offered.

From 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, will be a community event for Transgender Day of Remembrance called Moving Forward in the main gathering room inside Unity Temple on the Plaza. This event will include guest speakers, community discussion, and education.

As of Oct. 20, 21 transgender women have been murdered in 2015, more than the entire year of 2014. Most were people of color. In Kansas City, Tamara Dominguez was killed in August and Jasmine Collins in June.

These tragedies are made even worse by media that do not report the deaths of these women by the gender with which they identify or family members who do not respect the wishes of the victims.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 7, Shunned, the award-winning documentary on transgender women in the Philippines, will be shown at the Kansas City International Film Festival. The film is about the trauma and struggles faced by a group of trans women in the Philippines who find strength in their convictions and one another. The screening will be at Glenwood Arts Theatre, 3707 W 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. (95th and Mission). Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $7 for seniors.

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