Schedule announced for Champaign/Urbana Pride


The organizers for Champaign/Urbana pride have released the schedule of events for the week of Sept. 20-26.

Pride in the cities will be a weeklong celebration starting on Monday, Sept. 20.

The activities begin with the “To Survive On This Shore” at the Spurlock Museum. This program will be a conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre on the making of To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. They will be joined by participant Gloria Allen, who will speak about her identity and share her experience being part of To Survive on This Shore. This conversation will be moderated by Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and is hosted by The Center for Advanced Study and Artists’ Alley, McKinley Foundation. It will be streamed on Zoom.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the Uniting Pride Center will host an online workshop called “Queering Sex Determination.” It will approach sex determination through wildlife ecology, genetics, human development, and social sciences. Jaz Routon and Nathan Alexander will lead the discussion This program is co-presented with Uniting Pride and the UIUC LGBT Resource Center.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, CU Lockdown Trivia, Common Ground Coop, and Uniting Pride will host an outdoor trivia event. Pre-registration required. $5 per person. Max 6 players per team. Masks will be mandated except for when seated socially distant for eating and drinking. You can register at the UP Center website.

For Thursday, The Trauma and Resilience Initiative and Uniting Pride team up for a discussion around how both the HIV pandemic and the current Global COVID pandemics have impacted individuals and communities that have traditionally been viewed as invisible, underserved and undersupported, as well as how to apply lessons learned from both pandemics to create more equitable, just, compassionate and healing communities. It will be streamed by the UP Center.

The party really gets started on Friday, Sept. 24 with events that go throughout the weekend. The top events include:

Clothing Swap both Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25. Donations are accepted now and there is a need for xs-m button downs, size 10 or larger heels/women’s shoes, xs-m cargo pants/gender neutral pants, binders (clean), t shirts (no chief shirts, high school shirts, alcohol brand shirts), current styles and trends.

The Show Up and Show Out Party on Friday night. This is a Vaccine-Only masked event and all attendees will need to show proof of vaccination to enter. It will be at NOLA’s Rock Bar and tickets, 18+ only, are $20. Get tickets at the UP Center website.

The Vendor Market and Pride Parade in downtown Urbana on Saturday. The market opens and noon and the parade kicks off at 3 p.m.

Bob The Drag Queen will be at Canopy on Saturday night. CU Broad Comedy Co-Producer, Andrew Schiver, opens the show. This is a masked vaccine-only event and all attendees will need to show proof of vaccination to enter. Get tickets at the UP Center website.

The Drag Picnic at West Side Park on Sunday, Sept. 26. Hosted by Karma Carrington, with performances by Peach of the Midwest Carrington, Ceduxion Carrington, and more. This will be a mask-mandated event unless you are seated socially distant from others. To keep the event safe for families, organizers will be checking all bags that come into the event space. No alcohol or weapons allowed.

NOLA’s Rock Bar will host the closing party on Sunday hosted by Peach of the Midwest Carrington. This will be an outdoor mask-mandated event unless you are seated socially distant from others.

For the full schedule and details, go to the UP Center website.



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