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The Rainbow Connection: June 7–13

WHAT: Man Up: Men’s Social Group

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

This group is geared toward adult men, ages 18 and up, for casual discussion, games, and more.

For more information, please contact Kevin.


WHAT: East Central Illinois Safe School Alliance Meeting

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

eCISSA will meet to discuss end of the school-year progress, recap the GSA Networking event and LGBTQ Youth Prom, discuss goals for next year and determine a meeting schedule for the summer. All youth and adults are welcome to attend!

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Youth Meeting

WHERE: The UP Center of Champaign County

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

The eCISSA youth meeting will take place following the full meeting. The agenda follows. All middle and high school youth are invited to attend whether they are a regular member or an interested newbie. Food will be provided.


  • Recap of GSA networking party and youth dance — ideas for future similar events? What worked, what didn’t?
  • Inclusive curriculum planning
  • Social events planning
  • Bi-monthly meetings — 1 organizing, 1 social
  • Fundraising

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: The Amy Mitchell Trio

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 8:30 p.m.

A night of live music starts with The Amy Mitchell Trio. This group also features Tommy G and Guido performing every kind of music imaginable.

Doors: 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free
Age Limit: 21+

WHAT: UP Center 2nd Annual LGBTQA Film Festival

WHERE: The Art Theater

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 1:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Film Schedule:

  • 1:00 You Should Meet My Son
  • 3:00 Two Spirits (talk back)
  • 5:30 Camp Out
  • 7:30 The Kids Are All Right
  • 9:45 Big Gay Musical
  • Tickets: $7.00/movie at the door (except Two Spirits, which is free)
  • $22.00/Backstage Pass to all five films
  • $40.00/two Backstage Passes

Backstage Passes can be purchased in advance here. Backstage Passes purchased online will be held at Will Call and distributed at The Art on Saturday, June 11.

WHAT: DJ Bob Bass

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 11:00 p.m.

Come Party with DJ Bob Bass at Emerald City! Every Saturday experience the mix of your local celebrity DJs. Best of all … No Cover!


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 7, 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: Crestview Park in Urbana

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 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!

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 8, 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 8, 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 9, 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 13–14, 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+


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

WHERE: Main Pavilion, Nelson Park
                200 Nelson Blvd.
                Decatur, IL

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 6:00 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.

This month’s social GLAD will celebrate Civil Unions and Gay Pride Month by hosting a Gay Pride Picnic in the Main Pavilion of Decatur’s Nelson Park. The social will begin at 6 p.m.

The program will focus on civil unions. Our guest speaker will be State Representative Greg Harris, co-sponsor of last year’s Civil Union Bill.

We will be having the usual potluck, but there will also be grills available at the pavilion; Marlon urges folks to bring hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. to grill out. Please bring the usual dish to share.

GLAD will supply the tableware and drinks. We ask that you to please donate $5.00 toward our expenses. Come help us celebrate gay pride and civil unions!

Read GLAD’s June newsletter here (pdf).


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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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