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The Rainbow Connection: May 21–27

MONDAY, May 21

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 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+



WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, May 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: Man UP: Men’s Social Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Last Tuesday, May 22, 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.



WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 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 Rage.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge. DJ Randall Ellison is at the decks spinning Hi-NRG, dance pop, disco house, and oldskool, gay club anthems.





WHAT: Talk It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 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: Open Mic Night

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 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: Emerald City DIVAS presents Heat Wave

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 10:45 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Join the Divas of Emerald City Lounge, Leiloni Stars and Aurora Lamont-Carrington, as they welcome Sorraya Dash — the current reigning Miss Roscoe’s 2012 — for her debut appearance!

Cover: $5
You can reserve a table (which will include cover) by emailing Leiloni Stars.

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SUNDAY, May 27

WHAT: Sunday Night Drag Shows

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 11:00 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.

Sunday’s show is a King show starring Hugh Jazz, and featuring:

Cover: $4.00 ($10 for table)

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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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