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The Rainbow Connection: October 5–11

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Every Sunday

This week on SameSexSunday, Stuart Biegel stops by to discuss protecting LGBT youth from bullying and his book, the Right to be Out. We are also joined by Bernard Cherkasov, the CEO of Equality Illinois, as he launches their new “get out the vote” effort: VoteNakedIllinois.

Our weekly politics round table will have you questioning everything you know about this year’s election. First, Bilerico Editorial Advisory Board member Michael Crawford, Michigan Messenger reporter and contributor, Todd Heywood, Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, and National LGBT activist and leader, Meghan Stabler discussed what can be done about stemming the rising tide of tragic LGBT teen suicide. Next we tackled HIV criminalization law and alarming new numbers from the CDC about HIV infection rates.

Later we chat about what the LGBT agenda will look like under a GOP led Congress, the possibility of seeing same-sex bi-national couples reunited this year, and-now that Rahm Emanuel is stepping down-will the White House play nicer with the LGBT community under a new Chief of Staff?

Check it out.


WHAT: Mpowerment Meeting

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

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 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: eQuality C-U Meeting

WHERE: Rainbow Coffeehouse at Green and Goodwin

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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: Small Talk: Reflections on HIV Disclosure

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor David Caron. Department of French, University of Michigan

Professor Caron’s recent research focuses on the questions of community and republican universalism, and deals with issues such as the engagement of urban spaces by minoritized groups, the cultural and political uses of “the Republic,” representations of collective disasters (AIDS, the Holocaust), masculinity, and the concepts of neighborhood and family. His next book project is tentatively titled, Tact: HIV and the Politics of Re-embodiment.


WHERE: Independent Media Center (Suite 203)

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 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, Oct. 6, 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, Oct. 6, 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: “Queering the Middle: Sexual Diasporas, Race, and a Queer Midwest” Symposium

WHERE: Thursday: Spurlock Auditorium
              Friday: Levis Faculty Center

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m.
            Friday, Oct. 8, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Thursday Keynote address: “‘Who’s Your Daddy?’: Queer Diasporic Reframings of the Region,” by Gayatri Gopinath (NYU)

Friday panel presentations: Marlon Baily (Indiana U), Kale Fajardo (U of Minnesota), Ramon Rivera-Servera (Northwestern), Bethany Schneider (Bryn Mawr), Karen Tongson (USC) amongst others from both UIUC faculty and other universities.

Both events are free and open to the public. Go to the full poster (pdf) with session names and locations.

WHAT: First Thursdays with the Diva and the Dude

WHERE: Emerald City Lounge

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

Come down and enjoy First Thursdays with the Diva and the Dude! Enjoy many tunes by all the legends, performed by Champaign’s own legends, Kathy Haden and Andy Baylor.

You’ll hear the voices of Judy Garland, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Rockin’ Ruth Brown, Patsy Cline, Etta James and many more…

Also enjoy our 1/2 price wine by the glass, accompanied by 1/2 price cheese plate, your selection…or one of our signature Martinis created by Champaign’s premier mixologists.

WHAT: Friday Films: Breaking the Silence

WHERE: LGBT Resource Center, 323 Illini Union

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 8, 2:00 p.m.

The ten short digital stories included on Breaking the Silence are powerful tales of both the successes and failures of the foster care system for a group of former foster youth who identify as LGBTQ. Over the course of a four-day workshop, ten youth shared their stories and learned to edit them into moving heartfelt (and sometimes heartbreaking) personal videos. Through these youths’ thoughtful, honest, and insightful words and images, we hear directly not only about their experiences in care, but also what they think we, as advocates, can do to better support LGBTQ youth in the future.

For more information, please email.

WHAT: Annual AIDS Walk for Life

WHERE: Burwash Park Pavilion in Savoy

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 am.

Please join the UP Center in the “Walk, Run, and Roll” (pdf) event on Saturday, October 9th, to raise funds for GCAP, the Greater Community Aids Project.

Participants will walk one mile, or participate in a 5k run, or participate in a 5 mile bike ride to raise funds in order to provide HIV/AIDS emergency assistance and education programs to individuals in our community.

A minimum donation of $20 is required (cash or check made payable to Up Center), and you will receive a t-shirt.

Please email Evelyne if you are interested in participating. You may also check the GCAP website for more details.

WHAT: LGBT Film Festival

WHERE: The Art Theatre

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:00–11:30 p.m.

The UP Center and the University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center is holding an LGBT Film Fest for National LGBT Month and National Coming Out Day (October 11th).

Film Schedule:

12:30 p.m. — Welcome from The UP Center
12:40 p.m. — Out in the Silence
2:15 p.m. — Riot Acts
4:00 p.m. — The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out
5:00 p.m. — Talk-back with Kristina (Amasong Founder)
7:15 p.m. — Milk
10:00 p.m. — Boys Don’t Cry

Tickets are $7/Movie at the door or $25 for a Backstage Pass to all five films. Backstage Passes can be purchased in advanced here. Passes purchased online will be held at Will Call and distributed at The Art on Saturday October 9.

WHAT: The Autumn Dinner & Cocktail Party

              607 West High Street

WHEN: Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 9–10, 7:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Come join us at the PALACE for a night of socializing with other LGBT people and supporting the fight for equal rights.

Pasta and salad Dinner for only $6, with several sauces to choose from. (RSVP for $1.00 off your entree by emailing your name.
Pie, S’mores and other treats will be available.

The Bar will have a wide selection of great wines, beers, and mix drinks. Drinks starting at $2.

Live Entertainment throughout the night around the camp fire.

DJ Rico: The DJ from Studio Rico, who brought you Rico’s Last Stand, Super Bowl Dance Off, Studio 99, and Ricopalooza will be shacking the dance room with the most popular party club music. Lady GAGA and all your favorite gay dance music are going to be playing.

WHAT: Same Sex Sunday Podcast

WHERE: Right here. And also here.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2010

Tripp Evans discusses his new book, Grant Wood: A Life, a richly detailed biography of the painter’s life in Iowa as a closeted gay man.

Metro Weekly‘s Chris Geidner filled in for Phil Reese as co-host of the Politics Round Table. Joining us this week were Bilerico Editorial Advisory Board Member Michael Crawford; President of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and attorney at law, Mona Smith; GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia; and John Johnson, SAGE‘s Director of Federal Relations.

The Same Sex Sunday Politics Round table had an engaging discussion and debate about Geidner’s cover story in Metro WeeklyThe State of Play,” where he interviewed 15 National Organization leaders about the state of the national LGBT movement. Later we talked about the Fred Phelps Supreme Court Case, the Make It Better Project, and how youth and aging issues collide, and more.

You definitely do not want to miss when conservative Jimmy LaSalvia and progressive Michael Crawford go head to head about the role of the Tea Party in the Republican party. Let’s just say if this show were live, there would have been some bleeps to appease the FCC.

Check it out:

WHAT: Sienna’s Thirsty, Trashy Trannies Showcase

WHERE: Chester Street Bar

WHEN: Sunday–Monday, Oct. 10–11, 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

If you’re feelin’ a lil’ thirsty and a lil’ trashy then this is the show for you!! Starring Sienna with her special guests Calexus Carrington and Skyler Cambellis, along with the one and only Leiløni StaЯs and Miss Chester Street 2009–10 Ceduxion. Sure to be a show full of high energy, strong drinks, and top music.

Come one… come all… to the Thirsty Trashy Trannies Showcase.

19 to enter, 21 to drink

WHAT: National Coming Out Day at the University of Illinois

WHERE: Main Quad / Illini Union

WHEN: Monday, Oct 11, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Come join Pride on October 11, 2010 in observance of National Coming Out Day!

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Table on the Quad. We will be distributing information, goodies, and everyone’s FAVORITE rainbow wristbands and ribbons!

Noon: Coming Out Rally on the Quad. We will have various speakers from the Illinois LGBT community speak about their coming out experiences, as well as hear from Pride’s guest speaker, Flo Kaja from season 4 of the Bad Girls Club!

8:00 p.m.: Speech in Illini Union Room 211. Flo will be giving a speech in which she will discuss her coming out story, how being on the Bad Girls Club factors into her coming out story, and her relationship with her family.

Invite ALL of your friends (LGBT or not) on Facebook and come join Pride in observance and celebration of this important day! Hope to see you there!

WHAT: National Coming Out Day

WHERE: Parkland College (Room D-244)

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Guest speaker: Mary L. Gray, author and professor (Indiana University at Bloomington, IN) presenting on her book: Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America.

Parking info and directions: Most convenient parking lots are C1, C2, C3, C4. Enter D-Wing and go to second floor. Follow signage.

Campus map (pdf)

WHAT: Yossi & Jagger Movie Screening

WHERE: The Cohen Center

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11, 7:30–10:00 p.m.

Two Israeli soldiers try to find solace from the constant grind of war in this moving romantic drama. While preparing for a daring moonlit ambush in the snowy mountains of Lebanon, company commander Yossi (Ohad Knoller) and his platoon leader, Jagger (Yehuda Levi), fall in love, carefully hiding their relationship from their comrades. But will the tragedy of war ultimately intrude upon the men’s clandestine affair?

***Free snacks and drinks will be provided.***

Official Trailer:

WHAT: The Killer in Me is the Killer in You: Homosexuality and Fascism

WHERE: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11, 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Judith Halberstam, University of Southern California

Lecture presented by: The Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory and the Holocaust, Genocide, & Memory Studies Initiative.


Attention LGBTQA Families: The UP Center Families Group is up and running and excited to start our monthly get-togethers in October! With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it would be great to meet up at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana on Saturday, Oct. 23 and make caramel apples and decorate pumpkins! We’ll provide the crafts and food; you bring the kids and fun!

For more details and to RSVP, look out for an upcoming Facebook announcement or email Erin by October 20 so we can make sure we have enough supplies.

Pride Around the Region

WHAT: Your Normal LGBT Film Festival

WHERE: Normal Theater

WHEN: Tuesday–Sunday, Oct. 5–10

Oct. 5 & 6 — Stonewall Uprising
Oct. 7 — Howl (downstate premiere)
Oct. 8 — Leading Ladies (cast and crew on hand)
Oct. 9 — Patrick Age 1.5
Oct. 10 — Were the World Mine

Each screening will be preceded by an award-winning LGBT film short!


WHAT: Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur (GLAD) Social

WHERE: Peerless Training Facility, 1304 N. 20th Street, Decatur

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 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.

The social starts at 6:30 with potluck dinner at 7:00 p.m.

This month’s social welcomes amateur genealogist David Coy and Tony Thieman-Somora, who will be discussing Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).



Disclaimer: It would be impossible for me to compile 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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