Gay Friendly?

July 28, 2006

I hate the phrase, “gay friendly.” I think it’s condescending to hear of restaurants, retail establishments, bars, and even people being gay-friendly. I doubt if other groups refer to establishments as being Jew–friendly, Black–friendly, or Hispanic–friendly. […]


July 28, 2006

No headline could be simpler, yet so fundamentally important to the democracy we live in. August 1 in Kansas and August 8 in Missouri are critical dates for many candidates who support the LGBT community. Don’t let them down. […]

We ARE Newsworthy

June 30, 2006

In the May issue of Camp editorial I wrote shortly after AIDS Walk when media was conspicuously absent, I asked the media to “cover us.” Although I’m sure that editorial did not prompt media to race to their keyboards and television cameras, there is still no doubt that issues in our community are indeed newsworthy. […]

It’s Real, It’s Real!

June 10, 2006

The Gay Pride issue of Camp featured Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes adorned in a fun “1950’s inspired” outfit, jewelry and wig. Mayor Barnes was shown serving a gay pride rainbow sliced cake with the caption: “Serving the community with pride.” […]

Congregations and Conscience

June 10, 2006

This issue of Camp profiles the Heartland Men’s Chorus as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Joe Nadeau, the Artistic Director for the Chorus, has recently been in the local news and may soon be featured […]

Prides & Brides

June 10, 2006

June is the month with the most International Gay Pride Celebrations. It’s also the month when traditionally more heterosexual couples decide to marry. […]

Pride and Fear

May 27, 2006

Pride – a strong sense of self-respect, a refusal to be humiliated, a joy in the accomplishment of oneself or a group that one identifies with. Says it all, doesn’t it? […]

Thank You Gay Pride!

May 27, 2006

This June 2-4 weekend you might find yourself wondering why anyone would spend an entire year planning and working on something so completely time-consuming as Gay Pride. Haven’t these people got a life, a family, or other priorities? Are they bored? Do we really need a Gay Pride weekend? […]

Politics and Pride

May 27, 2006

How many U.S. cities have a mayor with such a sense of humor that she would allow herself to be made up like a 1950s housewife for the cover of the Kansas City Gay Pride Guide? […]

What’s Newsworthy?

April 29, 2006

Kansas City just had a great AIDS Walk. Except there was no press coverage. No television crews, no story in the metropolitan section of the Kansas City Star, not much anywhere. […]

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