The Day of Decision rallies around the nation on June 26 to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings were truly inspiring. The court ruled that DOMA’s Section 3 is unconstitutional and that California’s Prop 8 is repealed. In Kansas City, the 5:30 p.m. rally was organized by Four Freedoms Democratic Club, HRC, Kansas Equality Coalition and PROMO, as well as other political activists, in front of the federal courthouse (see photos on page 11). A huge crowd of supporters showed up to celebrate the victory for equality. Although only 13 states now allow same-sex marriage and there’s a big fight ahead in Missouri, Kansas and other states, it’s good to remember that legalizing interracial marriage through the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling happened only after it had become legal in 34 states.
The traditional Pride month of June has wrapped up, but we have more to look forward to this summer in July, August and September. Mark your calendars for the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA) 20th annual Show-Me-State Rodeo to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena in Cleveland, Mo. (www.mgra.us). The AIDS Bicycle Cruise, at noon Sept. 15, is the best party on wheels around. Registration is now open at $30 for a limited time (www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org). And once again, Latino Gay Pride will be a fun family event in Gillham Park on Sept. 7 from 2-9 p.m.
HRC’s Equality Brunch
We saw the HRC logo in red on many of our friends’ Facebook pages, and the organization’s banners were held proudly at the DOMA rally. But there’s even more to celebrate in July — the Kansas City Human Rights Campaign’s “Equality Brunch.” Tickets are $50 for individuals and $350 for tables of eight. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Bean Hangar Event Space, 1204 W. 27th St., Kansas City, Mo. To purchase tickets, go to www.hrc.org/kcbrunch.
Kansas City Black Pride
Korea Gleason-Kelly, Black Pride vice president, reports that the group’s August celebration will have the theme of “Inside Emerald City.” Here are the events they had planned as of press time, but they also advised people to check the group’s Facebook page for updates or changes: http://facebook.com/KansasCityBlackPride. All events except the picnic are to be held at Sidekicks Saloon, 3707 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 1. Evilene Sweat Shop, “The No Bad News Review Show”. 11 p.m. $3 entry fee.
Aug. 2. “The Emerald City” King & Queen Pageant. 9 p.m.; $8 entry fee 8-9 p.m., and $10 after 9 p.m.
Aug. 3. “Munchkin Land” Pub Crawl. 8 p.m.-midnight. Party bus starts and ends at Sidekicks and makes stops at Stables, Social and Missie B’s. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the crawl.
Aug. 4. “Emerald City Health Fair.” Noon-8 p.m. The Grove Park, 1500 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Free food, noon-2 p.m., Youth Showcase, 2-4 p.m. Games, family, food, health and fun.
Social’s White Party
Terri Goddard sent us a press release about a new annual event at Social called The White Party, which will be July 13. Doors open at 8 p.m. “This may not be Fort Lauderdale, Palm Springs or PDiddy’s,” organizers said, “but we still know how to throw a party.”
Michael Flinn, co-owner of Social, said, “We plan to transform the bar and do a bunch of different fun things.” This year, the proceeds will benefit the Mavericks, one of Social’s softball teams. The team has qualified to represent Kansas City and the Heart of America Softball League in the Gay World Series to be held in Washington, D.C., in August. Players will pay their own way to get there, but rooms and ground transportation will cost well over $5,000.
Tickets will be available at Social or from any ball player. The cost is $40 and includes unlimited cocktails, white sangria and party favors. The organizers encourage everyone to wear white and be creative. The White Party King and Queen, judged on creative festive wear, will be announced at 11:30 p.m. Organizers say this event is sure to sell out, so get tickets early to enjoy some hot music, hot dancers, and some hot, hot fun!
Hamburger Mary’s July events
Who else but Daisy Buckët could throw a birthday party in her own honor and, as one Facebook friend said, “make your friends do all the work.” The June 20 event was designed to be a roast and was truly a very funny evening. Among the highlights: a striptease by Annie Cherry, a violin solo by Jessica Cox to the tune of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and a video from Daisy’s BFF Justin Van Pelt from New York.
July kicks off with the popular Bear Bust “Stars and Straps” on beginning at 9 p.m. July 6. Among the many other events this month is the infamous Sunday Drag Brunch. They are also featuring “Diva’s Cabaret” with Moltyn, Mulan, Tajma, Monique and Kyla on the second Fridays of the month at 8 p.m. beginning July 12, and Daisy Buckët in “Broadway Baby,” a 90-minute razzle-dazzle show tune-packed evening at 8 p.m. July 26. Hamburger Mary’s is at 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ 40th anniversary edition
If you haven’t had a chance to see this classic — The Rocky Horror Show, brought to you by Steven Eubank and the Egads! Theatre Company — it’s not too late. Shows continue through July 13 at the Off Broadway Theatre, Crown Center, third floor. For tickets, call 816-842-9999 or go to www.egadstheatre.com.
The John Waters cult classic Hairspray, the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and big dreams in Baltimore, will be at the Jewish Community Center, running July 13-28. White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 101, Overland Park, Kan. 913-327-8054. [email protected]
For more information on LGBT events in Kansas City, check out the calendar at www.campkc.com or friend “Camp Kansas City” on Facebook. We welcome your press releases for “CampBiz.” To submit an opinion piece for our SpeakOut op-ed page or a letter to the editor, simply send your piece to John Long, [email protected] SpeakOuts should be 250 words, and letters to the editor 150 words or less. If you have an idea that needs a longer word count, please contact John Long before sending your piece.