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The Rainbow Connection: February 15–21


WHAT: Bisexuality and Pop Culture

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Lady Gaga? David Bowie? Tila Tequila??

Like it or not, they’re bi and out and shaping people’s attitudes towards bisexuality. Join Bi Pride for a casual conversation about Bisexuality in Popular Culture. We will start with a fun game and offer some examples of how bisexuality is being represented, and then follow it up by discussing our thoughts on the way bi/pan/queer identity is affected and shaped by these popular media.

WHAT: Let’s Talk About Sex! Beyond Condoms: Sex without Latex

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

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Carrie Keenan — Prevention Specialist, Champaign Urbana Public Health.

Lunch & safe sex give aways will be provided during the discussion.

WHAT: Friday Films: Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center, Illini Union (323)

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m.

Film screening and discussion of the movie Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. Join Noah and the boys for a Martha’s Vineyard weekend of drama, hilarity, and wedding bells, as Logo’s hit series Noah’s Arc makes its much-anticipated big screen debut!


Official Trailer

WHAT: Quench! Stand UP: Taking a Stand Against LGBTQ Harassment

WHERE: Women’s Resources Center (Second floor)

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 21, 12:00–1:00 p.m.


  • Kris Koester, MSW Student, School of Social Work;Vice President, Board of Directors, The UP Center
  • Megan Paceley, PhD Student, School of Social Work; Treasurer, Board of Directors, The UP Center

WHAT: Play it UP

WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 21, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Play it UP is a social committee that meets monthly to plan LGBTQA youth events.

For more information, please contact Christina.



WHAT: eQuality C-U Meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at the Wesley Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 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: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 317)

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

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

This is a confidential space; we always respect your privacy.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 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
  • 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, Feb. 16, 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.


WHERE: Illini Union (Room 207)

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 21, 8:00 p.m.

This week we will talk about safe sex, sexual help, and hooking up. Carrie Keenan, our guest speaker for the evening, will provide some resources and inight into the world of Queer sexual Health.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 21, 9:00 p.m.

Every Monday, DJ SorceryKid crafts a continuous audio-visual mixshow of the latest and the greatest in dark alternative and underground dance music.


WHAT: Awesome Ally Award Nominations

WHERE: Your computer

WHEN: Present–Feb. 28, 11:30 p.m.

Do you know an Awesome Ally? Is there someone in your life that supports the LGBTQ community in ways you feel deserve to be recognized? If so, then nominate that person for The UP Center‘s 2nd Annual Awesome Ally Award!

Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2011. Nominations should include one to two paragraphs about why you feel your nominee is an awesome ally. Include whatever information you feel is relevant. Nominations will be judged by the Turn it UP! 2011 committee and the award(s) will be presented at the Turn it UP! 2011 party.

All nominations should be submitted using this form.


LGBT Alternative Spring Break

Looking for an exciting way to spend your spring break that involves volunteering with the LGBT community? Look no further! Alternative Spring Break is sending a trip over spring break to Minneapolis, Minnesota to work with three different LGBT organizations in the city, including Rainbow Families, District 202, and Out4School.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Mar. 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Access the ASB website to begin (and finish) your application today! If you would like more information, please email.

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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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