Smile Politely

The Rainbow Connection: July 26–Aug. 1

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here! And also here!

WHEN: Every Sunday

This is a special SameSexSunday from the Democracy For America‘s Netroots Nation conference in Las Vegas, the largest Progressive blogger and online organizer conference in America, and we took advantage of the availability of outstanding leaders and thinkers gathered here at the Rio hotel.

[F]or the first time in the history of SameSexSunday we assembled our panels in person, rather than over Skype, and the conversations were fierce and fruitful. The greatest strategists and leaders in the LGBT movement and beyond give you their insight into today’s top LGBT politics stories, as well as share their thoughts on effective strategy in achieving equality for LGBT people.

Check it out



WHAT: Roller Skating Party

WHERE: Skateland

WHEN: Tuesday, July 27, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Come join The UP Center and the local women’s roller derby teams, Twin City Derby Girls, for a fun evening at Skateland! Everything is $2! Pizza, pop, skates, entry fee, and laser tag!

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: eQuality C.U. meeting

WHERE: Espresso Royale at Goodwin and Oregon

WHEN: Tuesday, July 27, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

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

For more information, please contact John Kenealy.

WHAT: M Spot Drop In Hours

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 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, July 28, 2010, 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 (4:00–6:30 p.m. only).

WHAT: Queer Asian Cinema Series: Beautiful Boxer

WHERE: University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center

WHEN: Thursday, July 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Beautiful Boxer is based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer, and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality.


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WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 1, 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.

WHAT: VERS Dance Crew Performance @ Talent Night

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday–Monday, Aug. 1–2, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Come to C-Street to see Brian Naas, Heather Brand, Jeremy Dassow, Michael Blasingame, and Ryan Coventry perform in a dance crew at Talent Night. 19 to enter, 21+ to drink. Cover is $4:00.


From Emerald City Lounge‘s Facebook page: We passed our City of Champaign occupancy inspection today [July 22]. City of Champaign Liquor License tomorrow and the State of Illinois Liquor license on Monday–I hope we will be open for the public on Thursday [July 29th]… stay tuned!


The Up Center and the LGBT Resource Center are holding an LGBT Film Fest at The Art Theater from October 8–11 for National LGBT Month and National Coming Out Day (October 11th). Please complete this survey to give us an idea of what films would interest you!


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Disclaimer: It would be impossible for me to compile 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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