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The Rainbow Connection: June 21–27

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

WHAT: Man UP: Men’s Support Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

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

For more information, please contact Kevin.

WHAT: The MIngram Cavalcade Invades Emerald City

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 9:00 p.m.

Perennial trivia also-rain Mike Ingram (the Statutory Grapes) will emerge from his hole June 23rd to throw down some tunes at Emerald City! It combines the classiness of Champaign’s nicest new bar with the classiness of Mike Ingram. Mike Ingram comes highly recommended by Mike Ingram. He thinks he’s dreamy. It’s not weird. Arrive early, party until late. And you can basically bribe Mike to make a fool of himself playing ridiculous songs.

Admission: Free
Age Limit: 21+


WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Do you want to get to know other lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and ally members of our community in an informal environment where you can just relax and participate in casual conversation? If you said yes, then we invite you to come hang out at Rap UP! Come be among friends and share in casual conversation.

For more information, please contact Ann.

WHAT: Play It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, June 27, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Play it UP is a social committee that meets monthly to plan LGBTQA youth events.

For more information, please contact Megan.


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 21, 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: Espresso Royale

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 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!

At this meeting, we’ll discuss: Taste of C-U recap, plans for 4th of July parade, and more!

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 22, 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, June 22, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge.

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 22, 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.
Admission: $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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