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The Rainbow Connection: June 30–July 4

I was out of town for the beginning of this week, alas, so I’ve kind of dropped the ball on upcoming events. But half a week is better than no week at all, so here’s my best effort.

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Shape UPWHAT: Shape UP, UP Center of Champaign County

WHERE: Independent Media Center

WHEN: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

From their Facebook page: Shape UP! For LGBTQA fitness and sports enthusiasts!

The UP Center has a new group: Shape UP! If you want to join our group and help us plan fabulous fitness activities and sport teams under the name of the UP Center, come to our first Shape UP informational meeting on Wednesday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m.


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Boys' Night OutWHAT: Boys’ Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, June 30, 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 (4–6:30 p.m. only).

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Saving FaceWHAT: Queer Asian Cinema Series – Saving Face

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center

WHEN: Friday, July 2, 2010, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

During the whole month of July, the LGBT Resource Center and Asian American Cultural Center will be hosting five movie viewings of queer Asian films. The objective is to show the U of I community the intersection of both identities through the power of filmmaking. We’ll also have some dialogue and discussion after the showing.

Saving Face follows Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon as she deals with her unwed mother’s pregnancy, and the obligations of her dancer girlfriend Vivian. Wil struggles with allocating time between her mother, who is shunned by the Chinese-American community for being pregnant and unwed, and thus, has come to live with Wil and her girlfriend, Vivian, whom she presents to her mother as only a friend.

Saving Face stars Alice Wu and Joan Chen. Check out their interview with AfterEllen here.

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Disclaimer: I won’t even pretend that this is a comprehensive list of all LGBTQ events in our community. Please always feel free to email me or post other events in the comments.


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