THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL EVENTS (please see below for regular weekly events)
WHAT: Look UP
WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 102)
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Look UP is an awesome discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment in which to meet people, hang out, and discuss sexuality and spirituality and how they can and do coexist. We talk about shared experiences, and provide the freedom to explore these subjects in a respectful, peer-mediated setting.
For more information, please email Kevin.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Discussion presented by: Joe Trotter, Champaign Urbana Public Health District
Lunch will be provided
WHERE: La Casa
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 24, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Frank Galarte, Educational Policy Studies.
WHAT: Mike Ingram at Emerald City Lounge
WHERE: Emerald City Lounge
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m.
Emerald City Lounge welcomes back one of the area’s best solo performers, Mike Ingram. Mike has been entertaining in and around the C-U area for quite some time. He’s a DJ, show promoter, and performer. Mike is once again stopping in at the Lounge for your entertainment.
Make it a night out with your partner or a group of friends. Great show, Great fun!
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 25, 2:00 p.m.
Film screening and discussion of the movie Angels in America.
WHERE: University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Chantal Nadeau, Gender and Women’s Studies.
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
- Kim Rice, Sexual Health Educator
- Heather Stapleton, Sexual Health G.A.
A sex positive discussion to promote healthy sexuality.
WHAT: Talk it UP
WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 7:00–8:00 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 and support 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.
Snacks are provided.
For more information, please contact Christina.
REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS
Hosted by Building Bridges.
Rainbow Coffeehouse offers a welcoming, open environment to LGBT and Ally communities to socialize. Whether you’re here for a meeting, with friends or to study, we welcome all!
WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting
WHERE: Green Street Center
24 E. Green St., Suite 14
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 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: eQuality C-U Meeting
WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at the Wesley Foundation
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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. 23, 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. 23, 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. 24, 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: Same Sex Sunday Podcast
WHERE: Right here. And also here.
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
This week Same Sex Sunday tackles the big one: the Justice Department’s letter to Speaker Boehner informing him that the Obama Administration would no longer defend the Constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in the numerous Federal court cases working their way through the judiciary. What does this mean for the current cases, what does this not mean, and what can we expect? Immigration equality, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal” ― it’s all a little bit touched by this change.
Speaking of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States ― the Log Cabin Republican’s landmark case against the government over DADT discharges ― the Administration finally filed their brief in that case as well. You’re not going to believe what the Justice Department is saying there.
We are fairly heavy with legal scholars this week. Lending us their brilliance and expertise this week are:
- Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, Michael Cole-Schwartz
- Senior Political Writer for MetroWeekly in DC, Chris Geidner.
- Director for Public Engagement at the National Black Justice Coalition, Jasper Hendricks III
- Programs Director for Log Cabin Republicans, Casey Pick
- Representing the plaintiffs in the Gill & Pedersen cases, Staff Attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Janson Wu
Also discussed are the headlines of the week, the good news, and lots of great information.
Check it out:
WHAT: PRIDE Meeting
WHERE: Illini Union (Room 407)
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 8:00 p.m.
This week, PRIDE will be introducing you to the U of I speakers panel program. PRIDE and the LGBT Resource Center need different queer people to talk about their experiences/coming out for different GWS classes. We will train you to do this, as well as talk about the conference.
WHERE: Chester Street Bar
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 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.
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.
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.