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The Rainbow Connection: January 18–24

WHAT: Rainbow Coffeehouse hosted by Pride

WHERE: Etc. Coffeehouse

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Pride is hosting Rainbow Coffeehouse on Tuesday January 18!

We will be serving pizza, pasta, and delicious baked desserts made by members of the Pride executive board.

The cost is $5.00 a plate, and that includes coffee and hot chocolate.

This event is a fundraiser for our trip to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC), aka, the Big Queer Conference.

Come enjoy the food, and help us raise money for the Conference!

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 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.


WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6:00–7:15 p.m.

Look UP is an awesome discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment in which to meet people, hang out, and discuss sexuality and spirituality and how they can and do coexist. We talk about shared experiences, and provide the freedom to explore these subjects in a respectful, peer-mediated setting.

We’ll be watching Through My Eyes, followed by discussion.

For more information, please email Kevin.

WHAT: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 317)

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Coming Out Support Group is a safe, informal space for U of I students to listen, discuss, and learn about aspects of identity and coming out. It is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, and those who do not choose to label themselves.

This is a confidential space; we always respect your privacy.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 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
  • Half price food specials (4:00–6:30 p.m. only)

WHAT: Let’s Talk About Sex! Sexual Communication

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

WHEN: Thursday, Jan 20, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Speaker Carrie Keenan: Prevention Specialist, Champaign Urbana Public Health District. Lunch & safe sex give aways will be provided during the discussion.

WHAT: Gavin Stolte Project

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 20, 8:00–11:00 p.m.

Come out and check out the sounds from Gavin and his crew.

While enjoying the show, enjoy our Thursday night specials:

  • 1/2 Price Madelena Wines by the Glass
  • $2 Domestic Draft
  • $3.50 Sobieski Cocktails
  • $6 Horse of Color — Lemon Drop Martini

Food Special is 1/2 price Cheese plate Appetizers

Make it a night out with your partner or a group of friends!

WHAT: Friday Films: Notes on a Scandal

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

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 21, 2:00 p.m.

Film screening and discussion of the movie Notes on a Scandal. Academy Award Winners Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give wickedly entertaining performances — one as a woman consumed by her colleague’s guilty secret, the other, a victim to her own dark obsessions.


Official Trailer:

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

How should we set priorities while Republicans control the House? Will Republicans offer some relief for the LGBT community? Is ENDA dead?

HUD announced proposed rules that could revolutionize the way LGBTs are treated when they are looking for housing. Find out how those rules could effect your life.

Keep track of the latest updates on DOMA as several lawsuits make their way through the courts, and learn about protecting marriage in states like Iowa from Republican attacks.

What’s more important, fuel for jets or funding for AIDs, some Michigan lawmakers think jets should get the money, our panel disagrees.

Listen as the SameSexSunday round table tackles these and other issues. The round table includes:

Gregory Smith from the Bilerico Project, joined the SameSexSunday team with an insightful interview about challenging possibly dangerous HIV prevention tactics with POZ Magazine founder Sean Strub.

Check it out.


WHAT: Play it UP

WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 24, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Play it UP is a youth social committee that meets monthly to plan LGBTQA youth events.

For more information, please contact Christina.

WHAT: Gays On Ice

WHERE: University Ice Arena

WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 24-25, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Join the Illini Union Board and LGBT Resource Center for an evening of ice skating and fun.
$1.00 Skate Rental


News Piece Focusing on Members of the Transgender Community

Kate Brickman, a graduate student in journalism, is producing a documentary on the issues facing members of the transgender community in our society. This project will focus on a portion of society that is often misunderstood and overlooked.

The early stages of the project will focus on people (transgender or cisgender) who are willing to share their personal stories or thoughts. This project will be a documentary, however, and will need some people willing to be on-camera going about their daily lives.

If you are interested in being a part of this film, or have any questions or suggestions, please contact Kate Brickman.


WHAT: Awesome Ally Award Nominations

WHERE: Your computer

WHEN: Present–Feb. 28, 11:30 p.m.

Do you know an Awesome Ally? Is there someone in your life that supports the LGBTQ community in ways you feel deserve to be recognized? If so, then nominate that person for The UP Center’s 2nd Annual Awesome Ally Award!

Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2011. Nominations should include one to two paragraphs about why you feel your nominee is an awesome ally. Include whatever information you feel is relevant. Nominations will be judged by the Turn it UP 2011 committee and the award(s) will be presented at the Turn it UP! 2011 party.

All nominations should be submitted using this form.


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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.

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