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The Rainbow Connection: October 12–18

WHAT: Jennifer Knapp

WHERE: Canopy Club

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:00 p.m.

Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Show: 7:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Mike Ingram
$15.00, 18+

For more information, go here.

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 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: EQCU Forum: “Let’s Talk About Sex…Ed.”

WHERE: Wesley Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

eQuality C-U invites you to come out and join in a discussion of the question: “What’s wrong with the way sex ed is taught these days?”

For more information, please contact: Dee Sheppard.

WHAT: eCISSA Meeting

WHERE: Universal-Unitarian Church of Urbana-Champaign (basement)

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

From their Facebook page: The goal of eCISSA is to eliminate all bullying of LGBTQ students and to create a school environment where youth feel nurtured and safe to be themselves, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the East Central Illinois chapter of the Safe Schools Alliance.

For more information, please contact Mitali Purkayastha.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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: Let’s Talk About Sex — Who’s On Top: Power, Control & Safety in LGBTQ Relationships

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 14, 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Carrie Keenan, Prevention Specialist, Champaign Urbana Public Health District

Free lunch and safe sex giveaways!

WHAT: Friday Films: Come Out, Come Out

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 2:00 p.m.

A film screening and discussion about the film Come Out, Come Out. Coming Out is not always easy. Teenagers can be experts at talking circles about what’s really on their minds, and usually it is the weighted spaces between those words that speak volumes. In a rainbow of tales, a young college student comes out to his parents on the phone, a nice southern boy comes out to his family during a Christmas holiday gathering, and a three-way conversation between suburban men speaking honestly about the very difficult issues of being young and gay.

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

Rick Jacobs and Arisha Hatch of the Courage Campaign, and frequent guest, Open Left’s Adam Bink joined Joe and Phil to discuss the California leg of the National Organization for Marriage’s hateful bus tour. They also chatted about the tactics NOM is using to try to deceive California’s Latino community into voting against a fair California.

Those participating in the round table discussion were: Chairman of the Board of directors of LGBT Conservative group GOProud, Chris Barron; Field and Development Director of Servicemembers United, Jarrod Chlapowski; Bilerico Editorial Advisory Board member, Michael Crawford; Senior Political writer for MetroWeekly in DC, Chris Geidner; and Director of Communication for Immigration Equality, Steve Ralls.

Same Sex Sunday had the single most heated debate in their history this week. Phil Reese actually had to jump in, play referee, and send the Lefties and Righties to their respective corners.

Check out what got the round table so fired up this week:

WHAT: Speak UP

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Email for location

Speak UP is a poetry/spoken word group for LGBTQA individuals. Join us for a dinner potluck and sharing of poetry and spoken word. Whether you are a seasoned writer or just interested in beginning to write, this is the group for you!

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: Show Tune and Champagne Featuring Ron Bryant

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 17, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Emerald City Lounge welcomes Piano Man Ron Bryant LIVE for Show Tune Sunday. Ron Bryant has been performing in St. Louis for a number of years and brings a stylish, campy rendition to some Show Tunes classics. Ron’s mastery and flair on the piano makes this a show you don’t want to miss.

Come out and enjoy a glass of Champagne during the show, $3 on Sunday!

Other Specials for the evening are:

1/2 Price “Small Bite” Menu from 5-8 p.m.

$2 Miller Light Drafts
$3 Margaritas
$3 Champagne
$4 Bloody Mary’s

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