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The Rainbow Connection: June 14–20

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


WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

This is an awesome discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment to meet people, hang out, and discuss sexuality and spirituality and how they can and do coexist. We talk about shared-experiences and have the freedom to explore these subjects in a respectful, peer-mediated setting.

For more information, please contact Mada.

Bruce WHAT: The Impalas, featuring Dawna Nelson

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 9:00 p.m.

Emerald City Lounge welcomes back one of the area’s best blues acts, The Impalas. The Impalas have been entertaining in and around the CU area for more than a decade. Great show, Great fun!

Doors: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free
Age: 21+

Image from Rummenie’s MySpace page.

WHAT: Emerald City Showgirls

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 10:30 p.m.

The Three Divas of Emerald City Lounge — Leiloni, Aurora, and Summer — are back with another LA Show. Each month they will feature a new gal to tantalize your mind… Showtime is at 10:30 p.m., with a $3 cover at the door after 11:00 p.m.

Fabulous people, delicious drinks, and engaging entertainment. Wear your Sunday best, then all you have to do is roll outta bed for church in the morning!

Tickets: $3.00
Age: 21+

WHAT: Talk It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, June 20, 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 Christina.


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, June 14, 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: 3103 Valley Brook Drive

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 7:00–8:00

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!

Topics for this meeting include:

  • Volunteers for our booth at Taste of C-U
  • Chicago Pride Parade
  • Fourth of July parade
  • Quad Day in August
  • Banner (2′ x 6′) designs
  • EQCU Fall fundraiser

For more information, please contact: John Kenealy.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 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, Month day, 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, June 16, 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, June 20–21, 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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