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The Rainbow Connection: Mar. 26–Apr. 1

MONDAY, March 26

WHAT: Gender Barred Colloquium

WHERE: Various

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 9:00 a.m.–Wednesday, Mar. 28, 9:00 p.m.

Gender Barred is a three-day colloquium sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center in collaboration with a variety of campus units and community organizations that challenges students to examine the relationships between interlocking systems of oppression and the prison-industrial complex.

Featured speakers include Eric Stanley (UCSC), Chris Vargas, and Erica Meiners (NEIU) whose work has contributed to drawing critical linkages between gender and justice. Their book, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, explores how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity


Selected topics follow:

MONDAY, March 26

Noon: Dish It Up Lunch + Lecture “Queer Aesthetics of the Political
Speakers: Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas
Location: Women’s Resources Center

7:009:00 p.m.: Hot Topics Double Screening: Homotopia and Criminal Queers | Two films by Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas
Location: English Building (Room 160)
*Refreshments provided | Parking on 6th and John St.

Trailer of Homotopia


Trailer of Criminal Queers


TUESDAY, March 27

7:009:00 p.m.: Captive Genders readings and talk-back, with Eric Stanley, Chris Vargas, and Erica Meiners
Location: Allen Hall’s Main Lounge


11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.: Captive Genders | Author’s Informal Discussion
Location: Gender and Women’s Studies (Seminar Room)

6:00 p.m.: Film Screening + Writer’s Workshop | Freedom Road
Location: The Women’s Resources Center
A documentary of women prisoners gaining agency via authorship.

WHAT: What’s Good Sex? Polyamory

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (Room 323)

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

Presented by: Kim Rice, McKinley Health Center & Jodi Thomas, Counseling Center



WHAT: Gay & Bisexual Men’s Group

WHERE: UIUC Counseling Center

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 5:10–6:40 p.m.

Co-leaders: Rene Monteagudo, Ph.D. & Mark Patishnock, MA

This process-oriented therapy group focuses on issues relevant to gay and bi men, such as coming out, developing friendships, STDs/HIV, being gay or bisexual at UIUC, deciding whether or not to be politically active, dating, online/smartphone relationships, romantic relationships, and exploration of one’s identity as a gay or bisexual man. Finally, this group is open to other topics (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.) not related to one’s sexual orientation.

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

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 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: Illinois Pride Meeting

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 407)

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 8:00 p.m.

Illinois Pride is the largest student organization for LGBT persons and their allies at the University of Illinois. We offer resources and social activities for LGBT students, including support with coming out, scavenger hunts, bar crawls, and an annual camping trip, and more.

This week, Pride is having the first part of their anti-bullying workshops. They will watch a few examples of bullying in the media, followed by a discussion.

For more information, please email Kyle or Josh.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 26, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Every Monday, DJ SorceryKid crafts a continuous audio-visual mixshow of the latest and the greatest in dark alternative and underground dance music.

Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Cover: $2.00
Age: 19+


TUESDAY, March 27

Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment to LGBT and Ally communities to socialize. Whether you’re here for a meeting, with friends or to study, we welcome all!

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 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, Mar. 27, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

The group meets in a social setting for casual discussion, games, and more. For adult men, 18+.

For more information go here, or contact Kevin.




WHERE: UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Gal UP is a social/support group for women of any sexual orientation to meet and discuss aspects of our daily lives, such as coming out, being an ally, creating friendships, networking in our community, job-related issues, spiritual/religious concerns, and other topics that members want to talk about. The group is a relaxed, safe environment where women can socialize and steer the direction as interests present themselves.

Feel free to invite any woman you think might be interested.

For more information go here, or contact Evelyne or Jennifer.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 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: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge.

  • DJ Randall Ellison at the decks
  • FREE candy and condoms
  • Half price food specials (4:00–6:30 p.m. only)



THURSDAY, March 29

WHAT: Healthy Relationships Workshop

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Join us as we discuss dating in the LGBTQ community and what it takes to make a healthy relationship. We will focus on unique aspects of LGBTQ relationships, as well as what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy.

Presenters: Jackie Beard & Milo Dodson, Counseling Center

WHAT: Among Women: Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning Support Group

WHERE: Asian American Cultural Center

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

We are an informal support group made up of lesbian, bisexual and queer women students; a place to meet other women who share your concerns and to form or broaden your social support network; an opportunity to decrease the alienation and isolation of being a lesbian or bisexual woman in a majority heterosexual environment; and a great chance to exchange ideas, experiences, and opinions. We are open to all University of Illinois students, both graduate and undergraduate.

For more information, please contact Alexandra.

WHAT: Talk It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 6:30–7:30 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, support, and confidentiality 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.

Topics for the youth group are decided by the youth present.

For more information, please contact Peggy.

WHAT: Building Bridges

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 211)

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Building Bridges exists to provide an open, accepting, safe space space for U of I students who identify as LGBTQ and Allies and are drawn to Christianity.

We aim to foster personal growth in ourselves, our spiritual health, and our community through honest spiritual discussions, sharing of personal experiences, and promoting social interaction. We respect the diversity of members’ spiritual backgrounds and are committed to breaking down stereotypes and to building an understanding between diverse groups.

For more information, please contact Harrison.

WHAT: Open Mic Night

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Every Thursday is Open Mic Night at Emerald City Lounge. Stop in early for half price appetizers and drink specials until 7:00 p.m.

If interested in performing on open mic night, call Emerald City at (217) 398-8661.



WHAT: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)

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

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 29, 8:00 p.m.

oSTEM is a student group open to and oriented towards LGBT students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Allies and those not in Science also welcome!

General Body Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays are hangout/homework sessions. Feel free to come any Thursday.

For more information, please email.


FRIDAY, March 30

WHAT: Training Rules – Film Screening & Discussion

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

WHEN: Friday, Mar. 30, 2:00 p.m.

Coach Rene Portland’s three training rules: No Drinking. No Drugs. No Lesbians. Training Rules examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.




SATURDAY, March 31

WHAT: Out at Work: An LGBT Career Conference

WHERE: Student Dining and Residential Programs Building

WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 31, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This conference will include a panel of LGBTQ professionals in a variety of fields, networking over lunch, and workshops addressing a range of careers including:

  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Service
  • Working as a college student
  • and more

Register now
For more information, go here.


10:00 a.m.: Registration/Check in Open
11:0011:30 a.m.: Welcome & Keynote with Mark Brostoff
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.: Panel of LGBT professionals from a variety of career fields
12:301:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:301:45 p.m.: Break/Transition time
1:452:45 p.m.: Sessions

  • Preparing to Enter the Workplace as a LGBT Employee – Mark Brostoff, M.H.A.
  • Engineering Your Transition – Shayla E. Pfaffe, P.L.S.
  • Being out at Your Campus Job – Current U of I students

2:453:15 p.m.: Break/Transition/Networking time
3:154:15 p.m.: Sessions

  • Preparing to Enter the Workplace as a LGBT Employee – Mark Brostoff, M.H.A.
  • Medicine and LGBT Identity – Bernie Ranchero, M.D.
  • Articulating Your Skills on Resumes and in Interviews – U of I Career Center

4:154:30 p.m.: Break/Transition time
4:305:00 p.m.: Closing

WHAT: LA Birthday Show with Jade

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 31, 9:30 p.m.–?

The Emerald City Lounge Divas, Leiloni Stars and Aurora Lamont-Carrington, welcome Jade Sotamayor in her debut appearance in the Divas Show Series .

Jade was an original cast member and contestant in the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and she heads the Glamazon Review at Spin Nightclub in Chicago. Her performances range from spicy numbers with Latin-flare to high-energy dance routines to mind-bending looks of androgyny.

Age: 19+
Cover: $5 (Table reservations include cover and wait service for the evening)


SUNDAY, April 1

WHAT: Women of Pride

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

WHEN: Sunday, Apr. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Women of Pride is a student group made for women, by women, as a safe place to gather. We educate the campus community of cultural, political, and other social issues related to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people. One of our goals is to foster a sense of community among queer women and our allies. We do this by meeting weekly for discussions, workshops, and events on or off campus.

For more information, please contact Heather.

WHAT: Sunday Night Drag Shows

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday, Apr. 1, 11:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

C-Street hosts drag shows every Sunday, with different performers every week. The first Sunday of every month is Open Talent Night, hosted by Ceduxion Carrington, so anyone who wants to sing, dance, or give drag a try can compete for a cash prize.


Nominations Needed for 2012 LGBTA Awards

The LGBTA Awards, sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, were created to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTA campus community at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to nominate their peers, students, colleagues, and co-workers for one of the awards.

Nominations must be submitted via this link. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Recipients selected for an award by the LGBTA Awards Committee will be honored with a Certificate of Recognition at the Lavender Graduation & Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

We are accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Faculty/Staff Leadership Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Ally Award
  • Unsung Advocate Award
  • Student Organization Award
  • Outstanding Student Research Award
  • Bridge Building Award
  • Catalyst Award

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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.

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