Champaign/Urbana virtual Pride Fest this weekend

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CHAMPAIGN — A virtual Pride Fest kicks off this weekend in the Champaign/Urbana area, hosted by the Uniting Pride Center.

The schedule for this weekend has been released. All the events are directly from the official Pride Fest website.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Pride Fest Online Auction
12:00 (Open all weekend)
Want some great stuff at a great price? Want to support a great cause while you do it? Then Uniting Pride’s online auction is just the place for you! Generous community members and businesses have donated the best they have to offer: from a private professional piano concert Zoomed right into your home, to a campus parking spot near the undergrad library, to goody baskets, gift certificates, home and fashion goods, and so much more! All funds from auction purchases go to support Uniting Pride’s year-round programming.
Stay tuned for our auction website launch to come! In the meantime, if you’d like to contribute an item to be auctioned off, please email frydmouth@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/971126510072254/

Connecting to Queer History Through Zines (ages 13-18)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Queer Art/Queer History PrideFest Teen Series will consist of two events: a drag character creation workshop and a zine workshop. At both, expect a dose of queer history, a chance to make your own art, and a guest performance or two!  
Fill out this form to get the zoom links for these workshops. YOU MUST BE 13-18 YEARS OLD TO ATTEND.

Staying Apart, Rising United: Kickoff Mix & Mingle
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
One of the best things about Pride Fest is getting to connect with friends new and old. And while we can’t do it at a parade or street fair this year, we’ve captured the best of it at our virtual Kickoff Mix & Mingle Party!
This event will host some amazing performances, some chats with queer artists from our community and beyond, some party music, a signature cocktail lesson so you can make it for yourself at home (or BYOB whatever you want to!), a Dress-To-Impress Contest (in your fave Pride-inspired gear or just you lookin’ hot), some time in breakout rooms to meet new folks or catch up with old friends, and more!
No ticket price, but donations to Uniting Pride will be accepted. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/w6WEtqTkSijXk4Yu6
 https://www.facebook.com/events/326551761822246/ 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Pride Fest Story Hour
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Join our Youth Program Coordinator for LGBTQ+ themed stories and activities, along with getting-to-know-you chats for anybody aged 3-12. This space is built to center LGBTQ+, gender expansive, and questioning kids, their siblings, and kids of LGBTQ+ families. RSVP is required!
https://forms.gle/FMRuHyyMyPnZpy8X9
https://www.facebook.com/events/317267082818137/

Queer Clothing Give Away
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Rose Bowl Tavern
Our annual Clothing Swap offers gender affirming clothing to trans and gender diverse folks in the C-U area. The clothes we offer have all been donated to us, and are 100% free to those who participate in the event. Please wear a mask to this event.  

LGBTQIA+ Pronoun Workshop
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Join our interactive workshop for an opportunity to learn queer terminology, and practice a variety of pronouns (including they/them, ze/zir, and many more). Register here: https://forms.gle/UERgqpffXzivAmBp6
https://www.facebook.com/events/1003831586745794/

Culturally-Competent Care for Trans and Gender Diverse Patients: A Clinician’s Workshop
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join representatives from Planned Parenthood, WPATH, and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as they discuss the in’s and out’s of: providing culturally competent care to trans and gender diverse individuals, creating a gender-inclusive office, and the struggles of navigating insurance and referrals. Advance sign up is required. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/3Y3nnnCacqDiwUtJ7
https://www.facebook.com/events/673871139880718/

Connecting to Queer History Through Drag (Teens Only!)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Queer Art/Queer History PrideFest Teen Series will consist of two events: a drag character creation workshop and a zine workshop. At both, expect a dose of queer history, a chance to make your own art, and a guest performance or two! 
Fill out this form to get the zoom links for these workshops. YOU MUST BE 13-18 YEARS OLD TO ATTEND.

Pride Fest Trivia Night
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sign up with a team of up to six friends and test your knowledge! Just like pub trivia, but Zoomed right to the comfort of your own home.
Rounds will include queer history and politics, a RuPaul’s Drag Race round, 1-star reviews of queer media, and “Finish the Lyrics”. No ticket price, but donations to Uniting Pride will be accepted. Thanks to CU Lockdown Trivia for co-hosting this program!
Advance sign up is required in order to participate. Come up with a fun team name and then sign your team up here: https://forms.gle/SVUyMWPdoN3Yh5ZG7
https://www.facebook.com/events/3604183222980418/

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Biblical Self-Defense
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ever notice how certain Biblical passages get used as weapons against LGBTQ folk?
Join Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser, ordained minister at the Community United Church of Christ (UCC), from 1:30-3:00 for a discussion and learning of the history and context of these so-called Biblical “clobber passages”. AND learn what scripture passages affirm the goodness and worth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Following the workshop, from 3:00-4:00, will be an Interfaith panel that discusses the intersection of LGBT identity and religion. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/DUX7Ya5w4LFiBgQP9

Interfaith Panel
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join moderator Ross Wantland as he meets with faith leaders around C-U to discuss the intersection of LGBT identity and religion. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/wqkpPZXwv857cNju8

Aging UP: LGBTQ+ History
4:00 PM
Do you remember the early days of GCAP, Lavender Prairie Collective, Champaign-Urbana Gay Men’s Chorus, or Alternate Current? Then join our group for a special discussion about LGBTQ+ history! Share your stories, show your photos, and more!
AgingUP is a group for LGBTQ+ older adults to gather and discuss the fears, joys, and complications of aging in a safe and affirming space. Open to all genders. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/q4u1WzacRp39PK3z6

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