This issue of Camp includes a special supplement for HomeComing, the fantastic Nov. 4 benefit for SAVE Inc. For the last several years, we at Camp have been honored to work with SAVE on its important mission to serve the housing needs of people living with physical health and mental health challenges in Kansas City. SAVE Inc. will be hosting a super-creative evening that brings longtime supporters and newcomers together for a night of great food and drinks, music, and a wild time. The 8 p.m. event will be held at the beautiful Studio Dan Meiners venue, 2500 West Pennway, in the Crossroads. It will feature live music by Lost Wax, catering by Delish, and decor inspired by the “Urban Jungle” theme. Purchase tickets at https://save.ejoinme.org/tickets.
Nov. 8 Elections
Susan K. Thomas interviewed Greg Razer for her Camp10 column this month. Razer, who is openly gay, is running for the 25th District seat in the Missouri State House of Representatives. We hope you enjoy the interview and consider Razer when you vote.
We cannot, however, justify a vote for Donald Trump, who has run a campaign full of hatred, and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who has opposed rights for the LGBT community. The only justifiable vote for president from my point of view is a vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
The national Log Cabin Republicans declined to endorse Trump in an Oct. 22 statement. “Log Cabin Republicans have long emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our members single-issue voters,” the statement says. “Even if we were, rhetoric alone regarding LGBT issues does not equate to doctrine. As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisors with a record of opposing LGBT equality and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ that Log Cabin Republicans opposes.”
The Washington Blade reports that this is the first time in 12 years that the Log Cabin Republicans have not endorsed a Republican presidential candidate. The last GOP candidate they did not endorse was George W. Bush.
In our local and state elections, several candidates have shown that they are reaching out to the LGBT community. Show these candidates that you support them with your vote.
Jason Kander (Democrat), Missouri U.S. Senate seat
Mike Sharp (Democrat), sheriff, Jackson County, Missouri
Teresa Hensley (Democrat), Missouri attorney general
Chris Koster (Democrat), Missouri governor
Emanuel Cleaver (Democrat), Missouri’s Fifth District seat in U.S. House of Representatives
The Human Rights Campaign, Equality Kansas and the Victory Fund are hosting an election night watch party at Bistro 303 beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 8.
2016 Municipal Equality Index results announced
The Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index measures how inclusive of the LGBT community 506 U.S. cities are, based on five key criteria: non-discrimination laws; municipal employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage and non-discrimination requirements for contractors; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement, including hate crimes reporting; and municipal leadership on matters of equality. In the 2016 rankings that were released in October, 60 cities, including Kansas City and St. Louis, had a perfect score of 100. Columbia, Mo., was not far behind at 92. For details of the cities’ evaluations, visit http://www.hrc.org/mei.
LIKEME Lighthouse-KC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving Kansas City’s LGBT+ community, wants to add new board members for the 2017 calendar year.
Executive Director Felicia Kyle shares the LGBT center’s goals:
“Our mission: To provide a safe, welcoming space where LGBT+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education and resources; and to build a cohesive LGBT+ community in the Midwest.
“Our vision: To be recognized as the community center that helps individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, to fully realize their potential.”
Anyone who is interested should send an email with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting
Antoinette Madeira, treasurer of LIKEME Lighthouse, sent us a letter from the National Center for Victims of Crime, Orlando Compassion Fund, acknowledging the $4,261 raised from Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary’s on June 26 for those affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting. The event was hosted by Melinda Ryder and her husband, Kirk Nelson, with assistance from the City of Fountains Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
In addition, the KC Cares event on June 25 at Missie B’s that was organized by local gay bars raised more than $50,000. Bistro 303, Buddies, Hamburger Mary’s, Missie B’s, Sidekicks, Sidestreets and Woody’s, plus Cucina della Ragazza, united for one big all-day fundraiser with local entertainers donating their talents. Each bar also sold signature fundraising cocktails and T-shirts for several days.
The Mid-America Freedom Band joined with Classical Revolution KC for a fundraising concert on June 27. The proceeds went to the OneOrlando Fund and the victims and staff of Pulse nightclub.
‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ Returns
Eubank Productions is bringing back its classic musical, just in time for the Halloween season. It combines singing, dancing, and evil Candarian demons for a bloody extravaganza! You don’t have to like zombies, horror movies or even musicals to love this show – you only need to like having a good time.
Tickets: www.evildeadkc.com. (Watch out for the splatter-zone seats!)
Performances will be at H&R Block City Stage, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Some say this is Gay New Year’s Eve, the weekend that never disappoints. As of our press deadline, bars are still making their plans. It’s already a big dress-up occasion, and there will be cash prizes for best costumes, so think HUGE this year.
Come sing and dance with local youth as they showcase their individual talents in celebration of community at this 7 p.m. performance at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. Joining the youth will be local guest divas, entertainers, and actors for a big, most excellent and most fabulous community cabaret-style performance. The legendary Loretta Martin will host the event as mistress of ceremonies. This is a free event open to all.
PerformOUTKC, established in 2008, provides a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. Their mission is to foster positive identity development through excellence in musical performance and creative expression.
Modern Family Alliance (modernfamilyalliance.wordpress.com) will be hosting a conference for LGBT families and prospective families. For details, see the Camp story at goo.gl/BgT2lM. The organizers plan to cover an array of challenges faced by LGBT parents. Author, activist and parent Eric Rosswood will be the keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion with a group of parents and professionals. Three consecutive sessions, each offering a choice among four topics, will complete the morning schedule.
The conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Registration is $10 at goo.gl/oAiDBY; child care not provided.
Swine & Wine at Bistro 303
Bistro 303 is hosting its third annual hog roast and wine dinner, featuring four amazing wines and a cocktail provided by Major Brands, a whole hog donated by our benefactor Brad Hobbs, and sides and desserts provided by our friends at Q39 and Pierpont’s. This will be a sold-out benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Tickets can be purchased at BistroBrigade.eventbrite.com. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Each year, the Bartender Revues at Missie B’s and Sidekicks bars are fun events in the evening on Thanksgiving. The occasion marks the beginning of the holiday fundraising events, as bartenders don drag attire and perform as only true amateur drag performers can do. Check out their Facebook event pages and the calendar at camp.lgbt for more information as it becomes available.
Café Trio is also now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving dinner and it fills up fast, so call and make reservations today. Café Trio is at 4558 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-756-3227
Nov. 25 – Dec. 4
Yabba-dabba-doo, you’ll have a gay old time at Late Night Theatre’s holiday show, with all your favorite Flintstone characters parodied in this modern stone-age production. Shows often sell out in advance, so it’s best to purchase tickets early. If available, however, tickets will be sold at the door. Show and ticket details are at www.latenighttheatre.com. Performances will be at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 29 & 30
World AIDS Day Events
The AIDS Services Foundation of Kansas City will commemorate World AIDS Day with two events: the Mark Dreiling Legacy Council Patrons Reception on Nov. 29 and the World AIDS Day Community Luncheon on Nov. 30.
To ensure a seat, please make your contribution by Monday, Nov. 21. To make a gift or learn about donor levels and benefits, visit www.aidswalkevent.org or call 816-931-0959.
The AIDS Service Foundation states: “Established in 2013, the Mark Dreiling Legacy Council honors Mark’s incomparable community activism and those whose contributions exemplify his leadership and integrity. We hope you’ll consider supporting World AIDS Day 2016 by making a contribution towards the event.”
Members of the Mark Dreiling Legacy Council will be invited to the World AIDS Day Patron Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at a private home and the World AIDS Day Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 30, at the Parkway Room at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kan.
The Community Luncheon will feature a keynote address by Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program and one of the country’s foremost HIV/AIDS researchers. Wyatt, who has conducted national and international research since 1980, will also join the group at the reception on Nov. 29.
World AIDS Day, on Dec. 1 each year, provides a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
Dec. 3 & 4 and Dec. 10
Heartland Men’s Chorus presents ‘Kansas City Christmas’
This holiday concert is in its third year, and HMC reports that “Kansas City Christmas has become the way thousands of Kansas Citians sing in the season. With a blend of familiar carols, choral classics and hilariously zany holiday numbers, Kansas City Christmas features something for everyone and is sure to leave you in the holiday spirit.”
The program will feature John Rutter’s majestic Gloria in a new setting for men’s voices accompanied by brass and percussion. And, for the first time, the chorus will take a mainstage concert to Johnson County, at Yardley Hall.
Performances at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo., will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. The performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, will be at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
For tickets and information visit: www.hmckc.org.