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The Rainbow Connection: August 23–29

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

WHAT: LGBT Open House

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

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Stop by to see the newly expanded LGBT Resource Center. Meet, greet, & socialize with the LGBT Resource Center staff and student leaders.

For more information, go here.

Illini Media Building (4th Floor)

Go here for more information.

WHAT: Play It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Play it UP is a social group for LGBTQA middle and high school youth. Play it UP is peer-led, adult-supported, and an official program of The UP Center. The facilitators of the group include two board members and the youth seat on the Board of Directors.

Youth involved in Play it UP organize monthly social events for LGBTQA youth to engage in, including movie nights, putt-putt, bowling, etc.

Information shared at Play it UP is strictly confidential, including youths’ presence at the group.

For more information go here, or contact Megan.

WHAT: Leading Ladies

WHERE: The Art Theater

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 25, 10:00–11:30 p.m.

The UP Center’s adult social club is going to see Leading Ladies at the Art. We’ll meet in the lobby at 9:45 p.m.

WHAT: Bridesmaids

WHERE: The Art Theater

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 26, 10:00–11:30 p.m.

The UP Center‘s adult social club is going to see Bridesmaids at the Art. We’ll meet in the lobby at 9:45.

Official trailer:

For more information


WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Do you want to get to know other lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and ally members of our community in an informal environment where you can just relax and participate in casual conversation? If you said yes, then we invite you to come hang out at Rap UP! Come be among friends and share in casual conversation.

For more information go here, or contact Ann.

WHAT: Quench! Campus Safety

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 313A)

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 29, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Sgt. Barbara Robbins, University of Illinois Police Department

WHAT: Sober UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 29, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Sober Up is a discussion group that meets to discuss issues and/or concerns and questions regarding addictions or potential addictions This is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ community to get together and voice their concerns about either themselves, their friends and family, or issues in the LGBTQ community.

This is an open discussion forum, and is not affiliated with any twelve-step groups or other treatment programs, although those programs may be discussion topics.

For more information, please contact Kelly.


WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 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 Support Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

This group is geared toward adult men, ages 18 and up. We meet in a peer support setting with focused discussions on topics such as the coming out process, developing friendships within the community, dating, and more.

For more information, please contact Kevin.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 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: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 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)

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

WHERE: Please email for location

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 25, 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: Pride Meeting

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

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 29, 8:00 p.m.

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, an more.

For more information, please email Kyle.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Aug. 29–30, 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+


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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. If I attempted to write this myself, I’d never get it done.

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