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The Rainbow Connection: July 8–14

MONDAY, July 8

WHAT: Act UP Planning Meeting

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, July 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Act UP is the UP Center’s brand new youth theater group! Join us for brainstorming original skits, acting, and creating a unique theater experience unlike any other. This group is open to youth between the ages of 12–17, 18 if you’re still in high school.

For questions or concerns, contact Peggy Weyer.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, July 8, 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.

This Monday marks the season finale of Nekromancy. We hope you will join us for this special occasion! There will be two rooms of DJs, a cookout, and a communal wake for the late Joseph B. Wyatt. Please check out the above link for details.

Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Cover: $3.00
Age: 19+



WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 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’s Social Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Man UP is for adult men, ages 26 and up. A movie is shown, followed by discussion.

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 10, 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 10, 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!



WHAT: Saturday Night Royals

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 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.

Call (217) 398-8661 or email for information regarding the featured headliner and reservations.


SUNDAY, July 14

WHAT: Read UP: An LGBTQ Book Club

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Read UP is an LGBTQA book club. Participants get together on a monthly basis to discuss a book on LGBTQ issues or with LGBTQ themes. Group members take turns choosing the book of the month.

This month’s book is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion.

For more information, go here.

WHAT: Sunday Night Drag Shows

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 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.


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

WHERE: Peerless Training Facility
1304 N. 20th Street

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 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 of all ages-both men and women.

“Christmas in July” is the theme of this month’s GLAD Social. The board tells us: If it’s a gay Christmas, it must be July.

And what is a Christmas celebration without a gift exchange? The board asks that you bring an inexpensive ($5 min. / $10 max) LGBT or rainbow-themed gift. The exchange will work like the white elephant one that is done in December where folks have the opportunity to “steal” someone else’s gift if they want to.

The social starts at 6:30 p.m., with potluck dinner at 7:00. GLAD will supply the tableware and drinks. Please bring a dish to share. A $5.00 suggested donation is appreciated.



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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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