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The Rainbow Connection: July 29–Aug. 4

MONDAY, July 29

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, July 29, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Every Monday, DJs SorceryKid and Hivemind, craft 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+


TUESDAY, July 30

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 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 Against Negativity


WHEN: Fifth Tuesday, July 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Man UP is a men’s support and social group that meets every Tuesday. On months that contain five Tuesdays, Man UP donates their time to helping the community in variety of ways. For adult men, 26+.

For more information go here, or contact Kevin Bowersox-Johnson.



WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 7:00–8:00 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 Rage.

WHAT: Karaoke Party!

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 9:00–11:00 p.m.

Emerald City hosts Karaoke every Wednesday. Doors open at 5:00. Order some great food, enjoy the drink specials, and at 9:00 p.m. join in on the fun and show everyone what you’ve got!


FRIDAY, August 2

WHAT: Talk It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 2, 6:00–7:00 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.

Topics for the youth group are decided by the youth present.

For more information, please contact Peggy Weyer.

WHAT: In the Mix

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 2, 9:00 p.m.

Come out and celebrate life with the hottest music, videos, and plenty of gay club anthems mixed in for good measure. DJ Randall Ellison is on the decks spinning dance, pop, electro house, Euro house, and hip hop.

Age: 19+
Cover: $3

WHAT: Bellydance Show

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 2, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Reflections Dance Company of Champaign and Troupe Zahava of Springfield/Champaign come together for a full night of shimmylicious entertainment. The night is hosted by Karida Zahava (aka: Veer Singh).


SATURDAY, August 3

WHAT: Saturday Night Royals: A Drag Birthday Fit for a King

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 3, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Join Emerald City Lounge every Saturday for a Royal Event. You’ll enjoy the Best and Brightest Stars of Drag that Downstate Illinois has to offer.

This Saturday, Emerald City introduces The House of Gently, starring Mister Bistro 2013, Holden Ryder Gently.


Call (217) 552-9445 or email for information regarding reservations for VIP tables, which include cover and wait service.


SUNDAY, August 4

WHAT: Sunday Night Drag Shows

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 4, 11:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

C-Street hosts drag shows every Sunday, with different performers every week. The first Sunday of every month is Open Talent Night, hosted by Ceduxion Carrington, so anyone who wants to sing, dance, or give drag a try can compete for a cash prize.


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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.

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