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The Rainbow Connection: March 22–28

THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL EVENTS (please see below for regular weekly events and announcements)

WHAT: The Impalas with Dawna Nelson

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 24, 8:30–11:30 p.m.

Emerald City Lounge welcomes back one of the area’s best blues acts, The Impalas. The Impalas have been entertaining in and around the C-U area for more than a decade. The Impalas are also featuring Dawna Nelson. Great show, Great fun!

Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Age: 21+


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WHAT: What’s Good Sex? Anal Pleasure & Health

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

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 28, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

A sex positive discussion to promote healthy sexuality.

Speakers: Kim Rice, Sexual Health Educator & Heather Stapleton, Sexual Health GA.

WHAT: Talk it UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County, Independent Media Center (Suite 102)

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 28, 7:00–8:00 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 and support 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.

Snacks are provided.

For more information, please contact Christina.

WHAT: LIX Freak Show and Side Show

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Mar. 28–29, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Witness the strange and the unusual as The Invisible Man Corporation make their encore sideshow appearance at Chester Street Bar this Monday, March 28. Spectacular performances, death defying acrobatics, and outrageously funny stunts — including audience interaction — make this troupe one not to miss!

Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Show: 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $4.00
Ages: 19+


WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 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: eQuality C-U Meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at the Wesley Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

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

For more information, please contact John Kenealy.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 6:00–8:00 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: The Mike Fenoglio Quartet

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

On Wednesdays, Emerald City Lounge will be welcoming the Jazz talent from the University of Illinois. Each week a different mix of students, faculty and professionals will take the stage for Happy Hour to top all Happy Hours. Please show your support the local artists by stopping in early on Wednesdays.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 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; $9.00 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: Among Women: A Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Questioning Female Women

WHERE: Please email for location

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 24, 6:30–8:00 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. Among Women is open to all graduate and undergraduate students.

For more information, please contact Allie.

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011

Lavi Soloway returns to Same Sex Sunday’s interview chair this week to discuss his legally married clients Monica Alcota and Cristina Ojeda, their win in immigration court, and why the prosecutor and the judge both agreed with Soloway over the need for delay in light of new DOMA developments.

Once again, our brilliant round table breaks down the news of the week:

  • Relationship recognition news from Colorado to Rhode Island, and discrimination in Indiana
  • The reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and how we can use a Republican-controlled House of Representatives to build for victory
  • The President’s promise to create an LGBTQ watchdog at the Organization of American States with his Brazilian counterpart
  • Polls and reports on the Americans and their gays, and the DOJ finds the New Orleans Police Department has been harassing residents based on their gender identity and sexual orientation — what does it mean that the FBI and DOJ have come to our aid?
  • And, the first Republican to file with the FEC to run for president is … gay?

This week round table:

  • Executive Director of Catholics for Equality, Phil Attey
  • Senior Political Writer at MetroWeekly in D.C., Chris Geidner
  • Co-Founder of S.W.i.S.H., Sue Sena
  • State Legislative Director at the Human Rights Campaign, Sarah Warbelow

Check it out:


WHERE: Illini Union (Room 407)

WHEN: Monday, Mar. 28, 8:00 p.m.

This Monday, PRIDE will be playing Lady Gaga jeopardy in honor of our great Mother Monster! There will be candy prizes for the winners, see you there!

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Mar. 28–29, 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+


The LGBT Resource Center has one vacant student intern position for the 2011–2012 academic year. This position is open to undergraduate students — federal work study eligible preferred — approximately 10 hours per week. If you are interested in applying, please contact Katy Weseman, Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center.

Application Deadline: Friday, Apr. 8, 5:00 p.m.


Nominations Needed for 2011 LGBTA Awards

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

Nominations must be submitted here. This is a webtools document; you will need to log in with your netID and password. If you do not have a UIUC netID, but would like to nominate someone, please email.

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 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. Monday, Apr. 18, 2011.

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.

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