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The Rainbow Connection: June 4–10

MONDAY, June 4


WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The Bi Mix UP group is an ongoing adult support/social group for members of the community who identify as bisexual or bi-questioning. Topics include dating, navigating relationships as bisexuals, coming out, and bi-phobia.

For more information, please contact Matt.

WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 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+



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 5, 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 Support Group

WHERE: The Urbana Free Library (Satterthwaite Conference room)

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

This group is geared towards adult men, ages 26 and up. We meet in a peer support setting with focused discussions on topics such as the coming out process, developing friendships within the community, dating, and more.

This week the Sexual Orientation Diversity Allies (SODA) committee will be presenting on the topic of men’s body image, specifically geared towards gay men. The SODA committee is an LGBT outreach committee affiliated with the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois.

If you are interested in this workshop, please meet at the UP Center at 7:00 p.m., and we will walk over to the UFL together. The event will run until about 8:00/8:15 p.m.

For more information go here, or contact Kevin or Melissa.



WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30–9:00 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.


WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Tran UP is a group for members of the transgender community to come together in a safe space to discuss our lives and socialize.

Topics for discussion can relate to the coming out process, transitioning, becoming comfortable with ourselves, and living as a trans person in general society, dating, and more — all while developing friendships and networking within the community.

A private changing room is available adjacent to meeting space. Privacy and confidentiality are respected and appreciated.

For more information, please contact Leah.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge. DJ Randall Ellison is at the decks spinning Hi-NRG, dance pop, disco house, and oldskool, gay club anthems.





WHAT: Talk It UP

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 6:30–7:30 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.

WHAT: Open Mic Night

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 8:00–11:00 p.m.

Join us for Mike Solomon‘s One Night Stand at Emerald City! Michael hosts Open Mic Night every Thursday. Stop in early for half price appetizers and drink specials until 7:00 p.m.

If you’re interested in performing on open mic night, call Emerald City at (217) 398-8661.




WHAT: Reel it UP Film Festival

WHERE: The Art Theater

WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

For information about the UP Center’s 3rd Annual LGBT Film Festival, please see Monday’s feature article. And stay tuned all week as our writers review upcoming films.

The schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m.: Hollywood to Dollywood
11:45 a.m.: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
1:05 p.m.: Tomboy
2:40 p.m.: In the Family
5:30–7:30 p.m.: Dinner Break
7:30 p.m.: Saving Face
9:25 p.m.: BearCity


  • $7.50 / film at the door (ticket stub gets you a free dessert at Minneci’s)
  • $35 for a backstage pass to all movies (includes a free appetizer at Minneci’s)
  • $50 for a backstage pass that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert at Minneci’s the day of the film festival.

To purchase tickets see the UP Center of Champaign County’s website.


SUNDAY, June 10

WHAT: Read UP: An LGBTQ Book Club

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Sunday, June 10, 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.

The June book is Christopher Rice’s A Density of Souls.


WHAT: Sunday Night Drag Shows

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

There’s really nothing else that needs to be said, is there?


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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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