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The Rainbow Connection: Aug. 30–Sept. 5

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Every Sunday

This week, SameSexSunday chats with legendary LGBT activist and UniteHere! labor organizer, Cleve Jones, who stopped by to discuss the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the sometimes shaky relationship between the LGBT movement and labor.

Also in interviews, the Marriage Equality USA Language Project‘s James Hoscyns discusses crossing cultural barriers.

The Round Table discussion (sponsored by LGBT-owned and operated database makers, Wells Consulting), includes Ken Mehlman’s coming out, a flurry of announcements regarding “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the momentum of the Target boycott, what the primaries have meant for the LGBT community, and more.

Joining the discussion are veteran and author of Sugar-Baby Bridge Brett Edward Stout and Field and Development Director for Servicemembers United Jarrod Chlapowski. Both of these veterans have a lot to say about many topics, especially the ongoing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” discharges.

Also joining the discussion are returning guests Victory Fund Vice President Denis Dison and Treasurer of National Stonewall Democrats Chris Massicotte. They’re joined by first time guests Huffington Post contributor and activist Lane Hudson, openly gay candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, Fred Karger, and Executive Director of Equality Florida, Nadine Smith.

Check it out.

WHAT: Quench Lunch Discussion

WHERE: 407 Illini Union

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 30, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Topic: How LGBT students can use the law & campus resources.

Presenters: Mary Ann Midden, Student Legal Services & Esther Patt, Tenant Union

Join us for the first Quench of the year! As part of the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations Lunch On Us Series, the LGBT Resource Center presents Quench! A noon hour lunch presentation and discussion series.

WHAT: Talk it UP

WHERE: Independent Media Center, Suite 203

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 30, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Talk it UP is a peer-run LGBTQ support group for middle and high-school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two UP Center board members (one teacher, one social worker); however the group is led by the youth participants.

Snacks are provided.

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: Fishnet & Feathers with David der Geist

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Aug. 30–31, 10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Fishnet & Feathers, the lovely dancers of the Carnivàle Debauche, make their C-Street debut on Monday, August 30! Come out to see Fishnet & Feathers industrial-style! With musical performances by David der Geist, this troupe is sure to get your blood pumping and your body moving! $5 cover.

WHAT: Rainbow Coffeehouse

WHERE: Etc. Coffeehouse, 1203 W. Green St., Urbana

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6:00–8:30 pm

Join the U of I LGBT Resource Center for the first Coffeehouse of the year! Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment for LGBT and Ally communities to socialize. Whether you’re here for a meeting, with friends, or to study, we welcome all!

WHAT: eQuality C-U meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse  (corner of Green and Goodwin)

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 31, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

eQuality C-U is an LGBTQ activist group for students and community members. If you’re interested in helping in the struggle for LGBT liberation and equal rights for all, then this is a group for you!

This week’s topic will be marriage equality, Prop 8, and DOMA.

For more information, please contact: John Kenealy.

WHAT: BI PRIDE (a new student organization for bisexual people and allies)

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6:00–6:45 p.m.

This group is brand new, and many aspects of it have yet to be determined.

  • It will serve as a weekly discussion group where we can have a dialogue about issues affecting bi people and bisexuality.
  • The group will be designed to help build a bi community and network on campus and in the community.
  • Hopefully Bi Pride can serve as a vehicle for resisting and rejecting stereotypes affecting bi people.
  • Bi Pride is intended to be welcoming of not only students who identify as “bisexual” or “bi,” but also as “pansexual” or “queer.”
  • Bi Pride also welcomes people who do not identify as any of the above, but who would like to be allies to bi people.


WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

What does it look like to combine sexuality with spirituality? Look UP is a discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment to meet people, hang out, and discuss these two ideas and how they can and do coexist. Our goal is to bring together people from the LGBTQ community that have shared experiences, and allow them the freedom to explore these subjects in a respectful, peer-mediated setting.

For more information, please contact Rob.

WHAT: M Spot Drop In Hours

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Come hang out with the men of Mpowerment. Play games, watch TV or movies, enjoy some snacks or just hang out. Bring a friend or meet new ones. Mpowerment is a social and HIV Prevention Group for young gay/bisexual men.

For more information, please contact Carrie Keenan.

WHAT: Boys’ Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys’ Night Out at Boltini Lounge. DJ Randall Ellison at the decks. FREE candy and condoms! $4.00 X-Boyfriend & Well Hung martinis; $9 carafe Long Island Iced Tea; $1.50 Miller High Life bottles; $5.00 Classic & Baby Mama Bellinis; and half price food specials (4–6:30 p.m. only).

WHAT: ShapeUP: Fitness Cycling Group

WHERE: 105 N. James Street, Champaign

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Purpose: to convene a group of LGBTQA folks from the C-U area who are interested in fitness cycling. We provide weekly training information, that will culminate in the Pumpkin Pie Ride in Ottawa, IL on Sunday, October 3rd.

Thursday’s meeting will discuss bike mechanics basics; fixing a flat, lubricating your chain, and proper airing of tires.

For more information, please contact Cristina.

WHAT: The DIVA and the DUDE, Live on Stage!

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Join us for our FIRST of many live shows on stage at the lounge!

Kathey Harden and Andy Baylor will be performing as The Diva and the Dude!

Come out and enjoy our new “Small Bites” menu and enjoy Wine by the Glass at 1/2 price all night!

WHAT: Friday Film Screenings

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (Illini Union, Room 323)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 3, 2:00 p.m.

Beginning this Friday, the LGBT Resource Center will show LGBT related films every Friday @ 2 PM in the Center. A brief discussion will follow each film.

This Friday, the film is Latter Days. Product description:

Latter Days is the story of 19-year-old Elder Aaron Davis, a sexually confused Mormon missionary who moves into an apartment complex in West Hollywood with a fellow group of missionaries. There he meets a neighbor, Christian, who, on a bet, tries to seduce him. When Christian exposes Davis’ secret desire, Davis rejects Christian for being shallow and empty. As each boy’s reality is shattered, the two are drawn into a passionate romance that risks destroying their lives.

Official Trailer:

WHAT: Wise UP Educational Series Workshop

WHERE: The Urbana Free Library

WHEN: Saturday, Sept, 4, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

It’s Not Political; It’s Legal

Know your rights! Come learn about laws impacting the LGBTQA community. We’ll cover various topics, such as employment, public accommodation, housing, police protection, your rights in schools and beyond. This event is free.

For more information, please contact Kevin Johnson.


UPDATE: This meeting has been postponed.

WHAT: ShapeUP: Fitness Cycling Group, Sunday morning bike ride

WHERE: Country Side School parking lot, SW corner of Kirby and Staley Roads, 4301 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 5, 7:30 a.m. until finished (1–3 hours)

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 5, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Mpowerment is a local social and HIV prevention group for young gay/bisexual men. Meetings are open to all young gay and bisexual men interested in becoming involved.

For more information, please contact Carrie Keenan.


MODELS NEEDED for The Big Gay Hair Show! It will be at the Canopy Club on Saturday, Sept. 11th. The show starts at 7:30 but you must be available most of the afternoon.

If interested, give Alli Nisley (from H20 Salon) a call at 337-1480.


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