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The Rainbow Connection: December 13–19

THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL EVENTS (please see below for year-round weekly events, announcements, and selected regional events)

WHAT: Play It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Play it UP is a social group for LGBTQA middle and high school youth. Play it UP is peer-led, adult-supported, and an official program of The UP Center. The facilitators of the group include two board members and the youth seat on the Board of Directors.

Youth involved in Play it UP organize monthly social events for LGBTQA youth to engage in, including movie nights, putt-putt, bowling, etc.

Information shared at Play it UP is strictly confidential, including youths’ presence at the group.

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: Emerald City’s First Lesbian Attack, with Amy Myers

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Join us at Emerald City Lounge for our first Lesbian Attack event. Drink specials, 80s music videos, games with prizes, and a special number or two performed by our very own Leiloni Stars!

Cover: $2.00 (starts at 10:00 p.m.)

WHAT: What’s UP: LGBTQA Young Adult Social/Support Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

What’s UP is a group for LGBTQA people aged 18–25 to come together and work out problems, rant, socialize, philosophize, commiserate, speculate, or just plain talk.

For more information, email Bronwyn.


WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

WHERE: Green Street Center
              24 E. Green St., Suite 14

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00–9:00 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.

WHAT: Man UP: Men’s Social Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

This group is for adult men, ages 18 and up, who meet in a social setting for casual discussion, games, and more.

For more information go here, or contact Kevin.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

WHERE: Green Street Center
              24 E. Green St., Suite 14

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

B II B is a social group for young men of color who have sexual or loving relationships with other men. The goal is to create a strong positive and healthy community for men of color in Champaign-Urbana.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: “Naughty or Nice” Boys Night Out: Holiday Edition

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge.

This week, join DJ Randall Ellison and Leiloni Stars for a Very Special Boys Night Out.

DJ Randall Ellison will start spinning his magic at 9:00 and Leiloni will join him around 10:30 to host holiday games (with prizes included), perform a holiday song or two, and share stories of holidays past.

Age: 21+

Monday, Dec. 19, 9:00 p.m.


The LGBT Resource Center will be closed beginning 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2011. It will reopen with regular hours of 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

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Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive list of all LGBTQ events in our community. Please always feel free to email me or post other events/updates/corrections in the comments.

Except on rare occasions, all language is taken directly from event pages and websites, and only minimally edited. If I attempted to write this myself, I’d never get it done.

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