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The Rainbow Connection: July 5–11


WHAT: SameSexSunday Podcast

WHERE: The Internets! And also here!

WHEN: Weekly, on Sundays

Did you know that Champaign-Urbana has its own talk show devoted to LGBTQ issues? Well it does, and it’s called SameSexSunday.

From its Facebook page: SameSexSunday is a Sunday Political Talk Show with a twist — the first podcast that treats LGBT politics the way it deserves to be treated — and gives you the insider view on what’s new and what’s next. Hear from the people that are taking our movement to the next frontier. Hosted by Joe Mirabella and Phil Reese.

This week’s guests are Jarrod Chlapowski & Michael Crawford — as well as our weekly politics round table with Phil Attey, Brad Luna, & Brett Edward Stout. Our influential guests bring us insight on developments on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the courts, the business community, and immigration equality.

Check it out!

IDG ProductionsWHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, July 5th, 2010, 9:00 p.m.

IDG Productions will be wrapping up its 5th season of Nekromancy on July 5th. Come celebrate with DJ DeadGuy in the main room and DJ SorceryKid in the patio, plus a surprise appearance from a touring Chicago band! Ages 19+. $2 cover.

AsiansWHAT: Asians and the 4-Letter Word: LGBT

WHERE: Asian American Cultural Center

WHEN: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Come support NUFP intern Bee Yang and attend his presentation on Asian Americans and the LGBT community.

What is it like to be gay? What is it like to be Asian? What is it like to be both gay and Asian? LGBT issues have always been a taboo topic to discuss within the Asian community. This is not the case for NASPA intern Bee Yang, however. Drawing from his own personal journey, Yang will discuss the strives and struggles of LGBT Asians in their ethnic community, as well as the LGBT community.

UP Center

WHAT: Look UP; UP Center of Champaign County

WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

From their Facebook page: Look UP is a discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment to meet people, hang out, and discuss these two ideas and how they can and do coexist.

Boys' Night Out

WHAT: Boys’ Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 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; and half price food specials (4–6:30 p.m. only).

Wedding Banquet

WHAT: Queer Asian Cinema Series: The Wedding Banquet

WHERE: Asian American Cultural Center

WHEN: Friday, July 9, 2010, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

A gay Taiwanese-American man is in a happy long-term relationship in Manhattan, but his parents in Taiwan are always pressuring him to marry. His tenant, a young Chinese girl, needs to marry an American citizen to obtain her green card, so a deal is made. Complications arise when the joyous parents arrive for the wedding and a huge cross-cultural banquet is arranged to celebrate.

Official trailer:


ANNOUNCEMENT from the UP Center of Champaign County

The Big Gay Hairshow is going to happen in September. It’s being hosted by H20 Salon in Urbana. We need people interested in modeling for the event. If you are interested at all, please just fill out this form.



WHAT: Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur, IL (GLAD)

WHERE: Peerless Training Facility, 1304 N. 20th Street, Decatur

WHEN: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

On the second Saturday of each month, GLAD has its social meeting and potluck dinner. The socials average between 25 and 30 people, including people of all ages—both men and women.

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WHAT: Bloomington’s Family Reunion Picnic

WHERE: Normal’s Underwood Park

WHEN: Sunday, June 11, 2010, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Email for more information.


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Disclaimer: I won’t even pretend that this is a comprehensive list of all LGBTQ events in our community. Please always feel free to email me or post other events in the comments.


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