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NEWS
Roeland Park Council Votes Down Anti-Bias Ordinance
On the evening of July 21, the Roeland Park City Council voted 4-3 to defeat the anti-discrimination ordinance that would have protected LGBT citizens and military veterans from discrimination.
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National Gay Blood Drive Held in Kansas City Today
Since 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
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Argosy Casino’s John Chaszar Offers a Peek Into the Gaming Industry
Everyone knows that Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa offers slots, blackjack and poker. But according to John Chaszar, vice president and general manager, they’re not the most popular attractions at the 258-room hotel.
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LIKEME Lighthouse Provides a Place to Gather a Group or Meet New People
The BMO Harris Financial Group’s LGBT affinity group Lions Pride has chosen the LIKEME Lighthouse as its 2014 LGBT Community Organization of the Year.
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CampBiz - July 2014
Beginning this month, we will be separating CampBiz into two sections ― news briefs and calendar listings.
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Two Additional Lawsuits Challenging Marriage Equality Filed in Missouri
The ACLU filed two new lawsuits on June 24 for two couples that were denied marriage licenses in Missouri.
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Four Same-Sex Couples Wed in St. Louis Mayor’s Office
The implications for Kansas City and the rest of Missouri are yet unknown.
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Gay Marriages Performed in St. Louis City Hall
BREAKING: As reported by "Boom Magazine", the online source of LGBT news in St. Louis and nationally, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay announced that the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Carpenter performed the legal marriages of four same-sex couples on June 25 in the Mayor's Office.
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2nd Annual St. Joe Pride Fest Is Set for June 20-21
St. Joseph, Mo., saw its first gay pride festival last year. The one-day event was a special outreach effort of Zion United Church of Christ. Even before that inaugural event was finished, people were asking whether it would be back in 2014.
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CampBiz - June, 2014
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.
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Pride Fests Around the Midwest
Take a road trip — or several — and celebrate!
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In Memoriam Lenn Matthew Hunter
Lenn Matthew Hunter, 35, of Avon, Colo., formerly of Lecompton, Kan., passed away April 28, 2014, in Denver. 
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Liberace, Quixotic and Vegas!
The consummate theatre musical director returns to his roots with the Heartland Men’s Chorus “Vegas, Baby” concert June 13-15.
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With Roots in Kansas City, He Serves in California
Openly gay, Gary Miller has been winning elections for years in his adopted state. He remembers where it all began in the ’60s – Westport High School, Phoenix House, and an assortment of interesting locales.
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COMMUNITY / DRIVEN: Kevin Moncke of Entercom Talks About the Importance of Local Focus in Radio
If you listen to the radio in Kansas City, you’ve probably heard Kevin Moncke’s work.
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CampBiz - May, 2014
We hope you’re enjoying spring and looking forward to the many activities that the upcoming weeks will bring. This issue of Camp honors the 26th annual AIDS Walk Kansas City, with stories focused on some of the individuals who work to make every year a success. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to seeing you at AIDS Walk on April 26.
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Walkie Talkies, Golf Carts and Envelope Stuffing
Shawn Mullane has done it all in her 20 years with AIDS Walk.
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A Strong Fundraiser’s Advice: Keep at it
Part of the Café Trio team for AIDS Walk, David Maschmeier has been using Facebook this year to boost his total.
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Using Unique Talents for Fundraising
The four co-chairs of AIDS Walk raise money through everything from cupcake parties to rescuing animals.
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From Plumbing to Sweets, Mother and Son Share a Business Savvy
Belinda Manos and Zachary Manos are a dynamic duo. Between her passion for the LGBT community and his entrepreneurial spirit, this mother-and-son pair have a lot to offer Kansas City.
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Local Activist to Attend Lady Gaga’s Youth Retreat
In mid-August, 17-year-old Kansas City, Mo., native Zachary Mallory will be attending the Born Brave Youth Retreat at Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington, Mass.
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Missouri Representative Mike Colona Files Marriage Bill
BREAKING NEWS: In a press release just issued by PROMO, some very exciting legislation to repeal and replace Missouri's ban on same sex marriage has been introduced by Rep. Mike Colona, Democrat, District 080 in St. Louis.
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MORGAN / STANLEY : Kathleen Kunkler Moves Easily Between Offering Financial Advice and Rocking Out
Kathleen Kunkler is a financial adviser by day, a rocker by night, and a longtime leader in the Kansas City community.
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Make Enthusiastic Consent Our New Standard
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project’s vision is to end all types of violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
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Fred Phelps is Dead at 84
Fred Phelps is Dead at 84 Founder and former leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan, Pastor Fred Phelps died March 19, 2014.
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CampBiz - April, 2014
According to the calendar, spring’s officially here. Let’s hope the weather agrees.
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Two Men’s Choruses Unite to Celebrate Harvey Milk
On the last weekend in March, Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus and Gateway Men’s Chorus of St. Louis will combine their voices to perform the Midwest premiere of the oratorio I Am Harvey Milk.
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Who Was Harvey Milk?
Harvey Bernard Milk was born May 22, 1930, on Long Island, N.Y. He attended college in his home state before joining the Navy during the Korean War.
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A Milestone for Missie B’s
The Kansas City bar is celebrating its 20th anniversary April 15-22. Owner Michael Burnes and manager Jan Allen share their memories.
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CampBiz - March, 2014
March 1 is the day for the annual AIDS Walk Open pub crawl! Organizers have added more bars this year to make this 11-hole mini-golf party happen.
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Kurt Krieger Starts a Group to Build Community
On Jan. 22, the Rev. Kurt Krieger, who many know as Pastor Kurt, convened a group of community members who represented various LGBTQI groups within the metro.
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Local Tax-Based Firm SmartSpot Brings Clarity and Creativity to Numbers
When you think of taxes, you probably don’t think of creativity, fun and openness. But SmartSpot just might change your mind.
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Historic News in Missouri
The ACLU of Missouri has announced that it is filing a lawsuit against the state on behalf of eight legally married LGBT couples who are Missouri residents.
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Communion Denied to North Missouri Same-Sex Couple on the Occasion of Mother's Death
When Carol Parker's mother, Alice, passed away the day after Christmas, she took solace in the companionship of her partner of nearly 20 years and the expected embrace of her faith community. What she hadn't anticipated was to be denied Holy Communion at the funeral mass.
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Step by Step, Through the 2014 AIDS Walk Events
A putt-putt golf tourney and pub crawl is only the beginning of the events leading up to a $500,000 fundraising goal.
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A Fresh Perspective on Gaining LGBT Rights in Missouri
If someone back in Colorado had told me I would be living and working in Kansas City, Mo., come the New Year, I never would have believed them.
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CampBiz - January/February, 2014
The Spirit of Hope MCC congregation is inviting the community to join them on Jan. 25 and 26 to say farewell to the Rev. Kurt Krieger, senior pastor.
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Six Same-sex Couples and Equality Florida Institute File Lawsuit Seeking the Freedom to Marry in Florida
(Miami, FL, January 21, 2014)—Today, six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute are filing a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami seeking the freedom to marry.
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Albers Specialty Pharmacy Caters to HIV/AIDS Patients
The Kansas City-based independent business offers compassionate, personalized service.
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UMKC to Host Largest College LGBTA Conference Feb. 7-9
About 2,400 people, most of them students, are expected to attend the event in downtown Kansas City
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Desirée Luv Visitation and Funeral Service Set for Friday in Ohio
Kansas City diva Desirée Luv died Jan. 10, 2014. Ms. Luv had spent the last 17 years entertaining with her peers on the stages of Kansas City.
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Missouri Gay and Lesbian Couples Filing Joint Tax Returns Challenged in New Lawsuit.
After Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced in November, 2013 that he would sign an executive order to allow gay and lesbian couples who were legally married in other states to file joint tax returns with the Missouri Department of Revenue, his executive order has been challenged today.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Musicality - If/Then, Brooke Candy, Moxie Raia, Röyksopp & Robyn
This new musical starring Idina Menzel is fantastic. Just a few songs into the album, I was already enjoying the ride, with its dramatic interludes and hilarious quips.
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  • Vroom! It’s Time for ‘Dykes of Hazzard’ 6/28/2014
  • Michael Feinstein to Share Gershwins’ Legacy in Song 6/28/2014
  • Director Tries for Surprise in ‘Out to Kill’ 6/28/2014
  • Some LGBTQ Stuff to Check Out at the KC Fringe Fest 6/28/2014
  • COLUMNS
    The Camp 10 - Rachel Gadd-Nelson
    I hope everyone is enjoying the weather that we dreamed about back in February! This month I was able to interview Rachel Gadd-Nelson, whom I respect deeply for her work in the community, her activism, and her incredible attitude!
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  • Celebrate Pride and Progress, But Don’t Forget Victims of Hatred 6/28/2014
  • Ask Lambda Legal - College LGBT Centers Face Gay-Conversion Attacks 6/28/2014
  • Minding Your Health - Tips and Resources to Help You Find the Right Therapist 6/28/2014
  • Health and Fitness - Today Is the Day 6/28/2014

  • UPCOMING EVENTS
    PFLAG-KC Monthly Meeting

    PFLAG-KC Monthly Meeting

    PFLAG-KC Monthly Meeting







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