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The Rainbow Connection: July 12–18

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

WHAT: Man UP: Men’s Support Group

WHERE: UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: July 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

This group is for adult men, ages 18 and up, for peer support, developing friendships within the community, dating, and more.

For more information, please contact Kevin.

WHAT: David Howie and The Live JukeBox Show

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 9:00 p.m.

David Howie returns to Emerald City! This is a much anticipated audience interactive event you will not want to miss.

Food and drink specials.

Tickets: Free
Age Limit: 21+

WHAT: Out At Wrigley

WHERE: Wrigley Field

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

There has been interest in getting a group together to go to this event. The UP Center has organized a field trip. Check out the Facebook event page (linked above) for the details.

For more information about the July 17th Out At Wrigley, go here.

WHAT: UP Center Volunteer Training #2

WHERE: The Urbana Free Library (Lewis Auditorium)

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

If you have never volunteered with for The  UP Center, but are interested in helping out, now is the time!

The training will include the following:

  • History, mission, and programs of The UP Center
  • Volunteer expectations
  • Volunteer time tracking
  • Upcoming volunteer meetings
  • Group facilitation and space usage requirements (for group facilitators only — at the end)

Snacks will be provided by Piato Cafe.

For more information, please email Arie.

WHAT: Talk it UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, July 18, 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, support, and confidentiality 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.

For more information, please contact Peggy.


LGBT Resource Center, Illini Union (Room 323)

Rainbow Lemonade Stand 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, July 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: eQuality C-U Meeting



eQuality Champaign-Urbana 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: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 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, July 13, 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, July 14, 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: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, July 18–19, 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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