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The Rainbow Connection: September 7–12

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Every Sunday

On this week’s Same Sex Sunday, GetEqual‘s Robin McGeehee and conservative GOProud Chairman of the Board Chris Barron got into several heated debates as we discussed this week’s top news.

Michael J Wilson, the National Director of the nation’s oldest progressive organization, Americans for Democratic Action, gave us the straight ally’s perspective on everything from the Iraq War, the Texas denial of divorce for gays and lesbians, Fidel Castro’s statement on gay rights, and the LGBT community’s relationship with labor.

Check it out.

WHAT: Developing Student Leadership & Collaborations Across Communities: A fireside chat with Karin Wang

WHERE: ETC Coffeehouse, 1203 W. Green Street

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Karin Wang is a prominent leader and social justice advocate for issues such as immigration, civil rights, and marriage equality. Come join her for a discussion on student leadership development across communities.

WHAT: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

The Coming Out Support Group is a safe, informal space for U of I students to listen, discuss, and learn about aspects of identity and coming out.

Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, and those who do not choose to label themselves.

Email for more information.

WHAT: eQuality C-U meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at Green and Goodwin

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 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: eCISSA Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

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: M Spot Drop In Hours

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Come hang out with the men of Mpowerment. Play games, watch TV or movies, enjoy some snacks or just hang out. Bring a friend or meet new ones. Mpowerment is a social and HIV Prevention Group for young gay/bisexual men.

For more information, please contact Carrie Keenan.

WHAT: Boys’ Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 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: Lets Talk About Sex
The Lowdown on Going Down: FAQs about Oral Sex

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

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

Lunch & safe sex give aways provided.

WHAT: Friday Films: Brokeback Mountain

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 10, 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a film screening of Brokeback Mountain. Discussion will follow the movie.

Official Trailer:


WHAT: The Big Gay Hair Show

WHERE: The Canopy Club

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11, 7:00–9:30 p.m.

H20 Salon, MPowerment CU, and the Canopy Club are teaming UP to host The Big Gay Hair Show. Currently we are looking for models (men, women, kings, and queens). The theme of the show is UP so you know there is going to be some fabulous hair styles and wardrobes.

Cost: $7.00

For more information, please contact Kevin Johnson.

Those interested in modeling should give Alli Nisley (from H20 Salon) a call at 337-1480.

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

WHERE: The M Spot (Above The Blind Pig)

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 12, 4:00–6:00 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: ShapeUP: Fitness Cycling Group, Sunday morning bike ride

WHERE: Country Side School parking lot, SW corner of Kirby and Staley Roads, 4301 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 12, 7:30 a.m. until finished (1–3 hours)

WHAT: LA Throwback

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday–Monday, Sept. 12–13, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Come jump into our big, sparkly, drag queen time machine, where we’ll take you back to some oldies, but goodies from the early 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s. Another fun-filled, action-packed, glittering show from Aurora Lamont-Carrington and Leiloni Stars in their ever-growing LA Show Series only at Chester Street Bar.

$4 pitchers of Coor’s Light, $3.50 well drinks of your choice, a $4 cover, and $10 tables available. 19 to enter and 21 to drink.

PRIDE Around the Region

Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur, IL (GLAD)

WHERE: Peerless Training Facility, 1304 N. 20th Street, Decatur

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.

On the second Saturday of each month, GLAD has its social meeting and potluck dinner. The socials average between 25 and 30 people of all ages-both men and women.

This month’s social welcomes filmmaker Kimberly Connor, who will be showing her movie This Life Ain’t Pretty.

GLAD will also be previewing the upcoming LGBT Film Festival in Normal, IL.

The Social starts at 6:30, with a potluck dinner at 7:00 p.m.

WHAT: Peoria Gay Pride Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria

WHERE: Peoria Riverfront

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11, 7:00–11:00 p.m.

  • 7:00–8:15 p.m.: Boarding and Dock Party
  • 8:30–10:30 p.m.: Cruise
  • 10:30–11:00 p.m.: Disembark
  • 11:00 pm–4:00 a.m.: Free shuttle between Embassy Suites Hotel and downtown late nite bars.

WHAT: Peoria Pride 2010

WHERE: Peoria Riverfront

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 12, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

For information about all events, check out the website.


The LGBT Resource Center is purging their collection of VHS tapes, in favor of DVDs. Stop by the Center and to take at look at the options.

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