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The Rainbow Connection: March 15–21

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

WHAT: BI Pride Game Night

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center, Illini Union (Room 323)

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

For our last meeting before spring break, we’ll be having a game night to unwind and relax before everyone goes about their business for break. Afterwards we’ll head over to Cocomero around 7:00 p.m.

WHAT: The Mike Fenoglio Quartet

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6:00 p.m.

On Wednesdays, Emerald City Lounge welcomes the Jazz talent from the University of Illinois. Each week a different mix of students, faculty, and professionals take the stage for Happy Hour to top all Happy Hours. Please show your support the local artists by stopping in early on Wednesdays.

WHAT: St. Patty’s Day with Caleb Cook

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 17, 8:30–11:30 p.m.



This week’s Rainbow Coffeehouse is hosted by Bi Pride UIUC.

Rainbow Coffeehouse 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, Mar. 15, 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: Rainbow Coffeehouse at the Wesley Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 15, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

eQuality C-U 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 week’s meeting, we will discuss: things to do to support the Chick-fil-A boycott, future events, location for next week’s meeting, etc. Come join us!

For more information, please contact: John Kenealy.

WHAT: Brother II Brother Meeting

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

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 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: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 317)

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Coming Out Support Group is a safe, informal space for U of I students to listen, discuss, and learn about aspects of identity and coming out. It is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, and those who do not choose to label themselves.

This is a confidential space; we always respect your privacy.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 9:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday is Boys Night Out at Boltini Lounge.

  • DJ Randall Ellison at the decks.
  • FREE candy and condoms
  • $4.00 X-Boyfriend & Well Hung martinis; $9.00 carafe Long Island Iced Tea; $1.50 Miller High Life bottles; $5.00 Classic & Baby Mama Bellinis
  • 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, Mar. 17, 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: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Mar. 20, 2011

What, if any, trans protections are advancing. And if they are, where? Meghan Stabler gives us an important update and analysis of progress and set-backs.

What is the significance of a DOMA repeal at this time and what is the likelihood that we will see a repeal any time soon.

What exactly happened in Maryland and when will marriage move forward both there, and in Rhode Island?

Also on the show:

  • An update on important bullying legislation
  • A look at Iowa’s Republican Presidential Caucus.
  • Who has the best chance to beat Obama?
  • Will progressives take this election for granted and lose?

Phil Reese starts things off with two important interviews:

  • Derence Kernek joins us to discuss 40 years with his partner Ed Watson and why they chose to request the 9th Circuit lift the stay on Judge Walker’s ruling, as the Perry v. Schwarzenegger Prop 8 case winds its way through the Federal Court System.
  • Director of Online Programs at Freedom to Marry, Michael Crawford explains the organization’s plea to President Obama on marriage equality.

This week’s Round Table:

Check it out:


WHAT: Nekromancy

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Mar. 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+

The LGBT Resource Center has one vacant student intern position for the 2011–2012 academic year. This position is open to undergraduate students ― federal work study eligible preferred ― approximately 10 hours per week. If you are interested in applying, please contact Katy Weseman, Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center.

Application Deadline: Friday, Apr. 8, 5:00 p.m.

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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.

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