Two Ways to Support Keeping People Safe

Our November cover playfully celebrates the theme of SAVE Inc.’s annual HomeComing fundraiser, “Downtown Funk.” The Nov. 6 party will be held in the event space at Studio Dan Meiner. More details can be found in the special SAVE Inc. supplement in the November issue of Camp.

This marks the third year that we’ve done a special November supplement on SAVE Inc. In previous years, we did supplements for their annual Corroboree fundraiser at the Kansas City Zoo.

SAVE Inc., which provides housing services, is one of four primary AIDS service providers supported by the AIDS Service Foundation. The others are the Good Samaritan Project, Hope Care Center and the KC Care Clinic. These groups have been doing great work and serving the local community for decades, since the beginning of the AIDS crisis.

The role of SAVE Inc. has changed in recent years. AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was, and people and families affected by HIV are living longer. The housing services that SAVE provides offer dignity to those in the community who are rebuilding their lives, whether they are living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness or substance abuse.

In this special section, you’ll read stories from board members, staff and a client on the valuable contributions that SAVE makes to our community. When you participate in AIDS Walk and AIDS Service Foundation events, you also contribute to the value that this organization provides to Kansas City.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Once again, the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project will be hosting Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event held in many cities in the United States.

To mark the day, KCAVP reports that it will conduct a walk-through/vigil on the Plaza on Friday, Nov. 20. Participants can gather at 6:30 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Unity Temple on the Plaza, and the demonstration will start promptly at 7 p.m. They will walk through the Plaza and end at Unity Temple, where refreshments will be offered.

From 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, will be a community event for Transgender Day of Remembrance called Moving Forward in the main gathering room inside Unity Temple on the Plaza. This event will include guest speakers, community discussion, and education.

As of Oct. 20, 21 transgender women have been murdered in 2015, more than the entire year of 2014. Most were people of color. In Kansas City, Tamara Dominguez was killed in August and Jasmine Collins in June.

These tragedies are made even worse by media that do not report the deaths of these women by the gender with which they identify or family members who do not respect the wishes of the victims.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 7, Shunned, the award-winning documentary on transgender women in the Philippines, will be shown at the Kansas City International Film Festival. The film is about the trauma and struggles faced by a group of trans women in the Philippines who find strength in their convictions and one another. The screening will be at Glenwood Arts Theatre, 3707 W 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. (95th and Mission). Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $7 for seniors.
Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo

2023 Reserva de la Familia Limited Edition Terceerunquinto

On January 10, 2023, Reserva de la Familia, Jose Cuervo’s ultra-premium collection of artisanal small-batch tequilas and Mexico’s crown jewel, announced its 2023 collector’s box, designed by artists Rolando Flores and Gabriel Cázares of the Mexico-based Tercerunquinto Collective. The piece of custom art, titled “Structuring a Landscape”, features a geometric abstraction of the landscape of Tequila, Mexico and will adorn the 2023 limited-release collector’s box of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.

Since 1995, Jose Cuervo has worked with internationally recognized artists with roots in Mexico to design the box artwork for Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo. Each box is an authentic collector’s item, with a limited quantity produced annually before a new artist is chosen. Previous artists include Gonzalo Lebrija, Pedro Friedeberg, Carlos Aguirre, Ricardo Pinto and many more. Every artist is selected by a team of art curators including 11th generation Cuervo family member and CEO of Jose Cuervo, Juan Domingo Beckmann, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Patrick Charpenel and founder of Zona Maco, Mexico’s number one art fair, Zélika García.

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Velvet Ibiza

Every year, Ibiza is home to Europe’s very epic queer woman’s party, Velvet Ibiza, which is celebrating its 7th anniversary and promises to be next level. Velvet Ibiza is an all-inclusive 5-day and 5-night party and includes transportation from the airport, a bungalow, 3 meals, and activities and parties day and night, and drinks until around 10:30 pm.

This year, international crowds of LGBTQ+ women will be attending Velvet Ibiza on May 2 - 7 to celebrate life, belonging, and freedom. Event organizers have rented an entire resort in order to build a community vibe and allow queer women to connect so there’s no reason to go anywhere unless of course, you want to go shopping, head to the beach, or explore the island.

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Financial Planning for the LGBTQ+ community

The new year has arrived. For many people, that means making resolutions and thinking of ways they can do better in the coming year and beyond. Money management and financial planning are often very popular resolutions and goals, but most financial advice tends to be aimed at heterosexual couples who want to grow their family and raise children.

But, what if your life goals are different? What if you don’t receive the same protection under the current laws as hetero couples?
What if you don’t want to have kids?

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