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The Rainbow Connection: November 16–22

WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 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: Film Screening: Leo’s Room

WHERE: Parkland College (Room D-244)

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Shaken by a recent breakup, a troubled young man dreams of the future and cautiously explores his sexuality with the encouragement of an old friend and a sympathetic therapist.

The film free and so is the popcorn!


Official Trailer

WHAT: eQuality C-U Meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at Green and Goodwin

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 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!

For more information, please contact: John Kenealy.

WHAT: I Give a Damn! Video and Photo Shoot

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 210)

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3:00–8:00 p.m.

Come show your support for the LGBT community by attending the I Give a Damn Event! There will be an opportunity to participate in the NO H8 campaign, the We Give a Damn campaign, and/or the It Gets Better Project. Your words of encouragement and pictures of support can help show the LGBT community members that they are not alone and that there are people who support them.

WHAT: Bi Pride Meeting

WHERE: Illini Union, Room 323

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.

This week Bi Pride will have a riveting discussion on the following topic: “Building Bi Community: What does it look like and how do we build it?” Hope to see you there!


WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

What does it look like to combine sexuality with spirituality? Look UP is a discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals where we provide a safe environment to meet people, hang out, and discuss these two ideas and how they can and do coexist. Our goal is to bring together people from the LGBTQ community that have shared experiences, and allow them the freedom to explore these subjects in a respectful, peer-mediated setting.

For more information, please contact Rob.

WHAT: Coming Out Support Group

WHERE: Illini Union (Room 317)

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

A safe, informal space for U of I students to listen, discuss, and learn about aspects of identity and coming out. Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, and those who do not choose to label themselves.

Coming Out Support Group is a confidential space; we always respect your privacy.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Boys Night Out

WHERE: Boltini Lounge

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 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 carafe Long Island Iced Tea; $1.50 Miller High Life bottles; $5.00 Classic & Baby Mama Bellinis; and half price food specials (4:00–6:30 p.m. only).

WHAT: Friday Films: Southern Comfort

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center (323 Illini Union)

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19, 2:00 p.m.

At the heart of Southern Comfort is a beautiful and remarkable love story, more touching and captivating than anything fiction could ever create. With a masterful eye for emotional detail, award-winning filmmaker Kate Davis takes us to the back hills of Georgia and into the world of Robert Eads, a 52-year-old wise-cracking cowboy, warm and gregarious, who was born female and later transitioned into living as a man. The film finds Robert fifteen years later, during the extraordinary last year of his life, as he falls headlong into a passionate romance with Lola, a vivacious and magnetic woman who was born male.

Official trailer

WHAT: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2010

WHERE: Independent Media Center

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Saturday November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Please join the LGBT Resource Center and the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County to honor those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

WHAT: Vintage Inspired Hair/Fashion Show

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

Start your night with Kane & Co. Salon and Spa at Emerald City Lounge. Have a cocktail or two and enjoy a vintage inspired fashion and hair show. Wear something fabulous and bring all your friends!

No cover.

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010

Several states are poised to move towards marriage equality for gays and lesbians in 2011 and 2012. On the 25th episode of Same Sex Sunday, hear from those closest to the ground.

Joining us are the Executive Director for Equality Maryland, Morgan Menesses-Sheets; the Executive Director of MassEquality, Kara Suffredini; Founding Partner of 3PG Consulting, Andy Szekeres; and the State Legislative Director for the Human Rights Campaign, Sarah Warbelow.

Check it out.

WHAT: Speak UP

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 21, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Email for location

Speak UP is a spoken word and poetry group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, allied, and feminist individuals. The group meets once a month to write, discuss, share, and grow in a safe, supportive, like-minded environment. The location of the meetings is kept private as the meetings take place at a group members home, and to ensure the privacy of those attending.

The meetings are potluck-style and attendees are encouraged to bring something to snack on, however it is not a requirement. Whether you are an accomplished writer or you’ve never written or performed spoken word, please join us!

WHAT: Talk it UP

WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 22, 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 and support 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.

Snacks are provided.

For more information, please contact Megan.

WHAT: Das Ich and V1rtual D3scent

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Monday–Tuesday, Nov. 22–23, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Das Ich is coming to Chester Street Bar for an exclusive Midwest show on their 2010 national tour, with performances by V1rtual D3scent, DJ Copper Top, and DJ Topaz!

Tickets: Advance, $10.00; Door, $14.00
Ages: 19+
Doors: 9:00 p.m.
Show: 11:00 p.m.


WHAT: Stuff it UP (Holiday Envelope Stuffing Party)

WHERE: 506 W. Florida Ave.
              Urbana, IL

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
                                        2:00–4:00 p.m.

The UP Center needs your help! In order to celebrate our birthday and the holidays, we are sending out letters to all our members, volunteers, supporters, and donors! Please help us get these letters in the mail by joining us for an envelope stuffing party!

Join us for some laughs, snacks, and … well, stuffing envelopes!

We hope to see you there!

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Disclaimer: I won’t pretend that this is 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. This is your column.

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