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Show Me Pride Presents "Power of Pride"
May 4, 2012
by John Long

Click For Full Size It�s not too early to start planning your schedule for the Kansas City Pride festival. This year�s theme is �Power of Pride.� We�re listing the schedule and entertainment lineup as it stands at press time, a month before Pride. Look for more details and any changes to this schedule in the June Pride issue of Camp, which will publish May 25.

The festival itself centers on the June 1-3 weekend, but events are also scheduled for the week before, as they have been in past years. In addition, some events are earlier in May, including the �Reunite the Rainbow� event on May 6 at Ultra Lounge.

The Royalty Court pageant will be hosted and organized by Sidekicks on May 10. Rick Bumgardner, president of Show Me Pride, said, �That�s where it�s moved to this year because Belle Starr started it, she made me aware of that this year. So we went to her and said, �Would you like to take the event? We�ll turn it over to you.� And she said, �I�d love that.��

The youth royalty court was held in December 2011 at Spirit of Hope MCC. Bumgardner said the beauty of having the pageant early is that the youth royalty court members can perform on Tuesdays at Hamburger Mary�s, so by Pride weekend, they will feel rehearsed and more comfortable to perform in front of 5,000 people on stage at the Pride festival.

The event formerly called �Dress to Impress� will have a new name this year that was still being determined at press time. It will be May 17 in the Garment District, as a benefit for the Dave Anders scholarship fund. There will be entertainment and more. with details available on Pride�s website.

Pride has national and local entertainers in the lineup, including Jennifer Holliday, Cazwell and the Ice Cream Truck Boys, Inaya Day, Pepper Mashay, Robin S., Big Bad Gina, Summer Osborne and more. In late May, they plan to announce the name of a big-name entertainer whom they hope to bring to the festival on Sunday.

Bumgardner has said they have also reached out to Latino Gay Pride and Black Gay Pride for their participation this year, and he�s planning on doing something with both groups at the Friday night StreetBlast. Admission to the festival for each day�s events is free, for the most part. The Friday night StreetBlast only charges for a $5 wristband to drink; otherwise it�s free. The pool party at the Jones pool on Saturday is $10 for an all-day pass. And admission to the evening entertainment on Saturday is $15 after 6 p.m.

Bumgardner said they�ve brought the Friday night StreetBlast back to the streets for a couple of reasons. He had heard from many in the community that they preferred the event to be held on the street rather than in the Power & Light District. However, he also said that closing off the Power & Light �Live� area for both Friday and Saturday nights was difficult.

�They didn�t want us to charge Friday and Saturday nights in a row, which I think is perfectly wonderful on their part because they are the free entertainment district. For them to let us privatize it even for one night is a feat, and we can�t afford to bring in entertainment for Friday night if we�re not charging some sort of fee. Friday nights on the streets is the way it�s always happened. You�ll pay that $5 for that wristband and the way we make our money is by the sales of alcohol.�

Also new this year is that the rally/march will be on the street, rather than the sidewalk this year.

�Actually we�re going to get a parade application and close the streets. We actually illegally walked on the street last year, and I called the folks at Public Works this year and said, �If we�re just marching, do we need a parade permit?� and Brian said, �You do, technically.� So I said OK, we�ll come do that.�

Bumgardner said although they�re closing the street, they�re not offering it as a parade with floats because they�ve had difficulty getting people to participate with floats in the past.

�One of the things I learned from Gilbert Baker [creator of the rainbow flag and Pride�s walk/march national marshal in 2010"> when he was here was, don�t have a parade, have a march and call it a march and you�ll get a lot more turnout, because people get behind that and understand what the meaning of it is.�

Pride did have an actual parade scheduled in 2010 but had to change it to a march at the last minute when they were forced to move from Penn Valley Park to Richard Berkley Riverfront Park barely three weeks before the festival. The move was necessary because Penn Valley Park was turned into a mudpit after the Rockfest concert that year.

This year, Pride is giving superhero themes to different nights. Organizers will present plaques to people they consider superheroes, including Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders for his work in establishing transgender equality in Jackson County, Dr. Sharon Lee from the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic for her work with the LGBT community, and Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus for her work in Jefferson City. The Kansas recipients have not been announced. Although politicians will speak on stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, the plaques will be awarded to recipients through the weekend because all are not available at one time.

Pride Week Schedule

Sunday, May 27
Sporting KC Night! Game starts at 3:30 p.m. One Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan., at the Legends Shopping area in Wyandotte County. Sporting KC, Kansas City�s Major League Soccer team, will face the San Jose Earthquakes. South Stand discount tickets are available for $15 for Pride participants. Contact Beth Brittain of Sporting Kansas City at 913-951-3557 for tickets.

Film at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave. (in Westport), Kansas City, Mo. The movie will be The Right to Love - An American Family.

Candlelight Vigil at Mill Creek Park at dusk, north of the J. C. Nichols Fountain, 47th and JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. Pride will provide the candles and lighters. Participants are encouraged to bring stories about what Pride means to them.

Tuesday, May 29
Education symposiums will be held 7-10 p.m. at UMKC�s Royall Hall, 800 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Mo. Topics include:
�Perspectives on Gender Identity�- led by Stacy Sandberg, Danna Wheeldon and Caroline Gibbs. Dual genders, gender reassignment, culture and media will be discussed.

�Family Matters� with Lisa Fogle and Reba Comstock-Fisher. Foster care, adoption, divorce custody, legal boundaries, wills, guardianship, power of attorney, surrogates and more will be discussed.

�Politically Polite� with the Four Freedoms Democratic Club. Political issues important to the LGBT community will be discussed.

�Kinky as an Old Garden Hose� with Dan Gurule and Elena Franco. Fetishes, kinks and more will be discussed.
�The Metaphysical World� with Laurie Sherman. Personal sacredness, divinity and more will be discussed.

�Drag 101� with Moltyn Decadence, Loretta Martin and Butt Wiser. Everything you wanted to know about drag queens and kings from makeup to hair tips to making drag part of your life.

The symposiums will be held through partnerships with the LGCCKC (Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Kansas City) and Four Freedoms Democratic Club.

Wednesday, May 30
Interfaith Service for Pride, 7 p.m., Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. The service, coordinated by the Kansas City Coalition of Welcoming Ministries, will feature a gathering of many religious traditions. Heartland Men�s Chorus will provide music, and Spirit of Hope MCCC will prepare a spaghetti dinner following the service, sponsored by the Show Me Pride Committee. People of all faith traditions are welcome.

Thursday, May 31
Quilt Dinner. Panels of the world-famous �Names Project� memorial quilt will be on display. Location TBA on www.gaypridekc.com. Tickets are $50 for individuals or $500 for a table of 10 people. Entertainment, dinner and drinks provided.

Friday, June 1
StreetBlast Dance Party, 6 p.m. McGee Street between 10th and 12th in front of Social bar. Entertainment provided by Cyon Flare, Cazwell and the Ice Cream Truck Boys, and DJ Jerry Griffith. $5 charge for liquor wristband, otherwise free.

Saturday, June 2
�Pride in the Streets,� 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Power & Light Entertainment District. Located on 14th Street between Main and Grand, and Walnut Street between 13th Street and Truman Road.

� 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Exhibitor area open with organizations, nonprofit groups, merchants, and food and drink vendors.

� 11 a.m.-4 p.m. �Picnic on the Green.� Green space on the roof of Cosentino�s Market, Main Street between 12th and 13th Streets. This will be a family-friendly picnic sponsored by Pride and LGCCKC. Hot dogs, hamburgers, games, and family fun will be offered. The Humane Society will be offering pet adoptions. Parking is available in the garage below, and participants are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs.

� Noon - ? �Let�s Get Soaking Wet� Party at The Jones, on top of Cosentinos Market on Main Street between 12th and 13th Streets. $10 for all-day pass.

� Noon-11 p.m. �Dance Power.� Local, regional and national entertainment provided all day in the Living Room area of the Power & Light Kansas City Live block. Ron Megee and Missy Koonce will emcee throughout the day, with entertainment provided by local bars, bands, and drag entertainers.

Free from noon-6 p.m.
$15 after 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 3
� 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Pride street festival continues with exhibitor booths and daylong entertainment.

� Noon-1 p.m. The Rally/March. Begins at Pershing Road and Main Street and will march to the Pride Festival location at 14th Street. Bring your banners, rainbow flags, signs, and join together in this march/walk of LGBT solidarity.

� 1-7 p.m. THE POWER OF PRIDE festival. Pride closes the weeklong festival with a full day of performances from the winners of HRC�s Battle of the Bands, the Royalty Court, local bars and entertainers. Pride is also promising a big name entertainer to be announced in May.

Look for more information on the 2012 Pride Festival in the June Pride issue of Camp and on Pride�s website, www.gaypridekc.com.
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