Call for entries with Queering UP The Arts: Juried Art Exhibition

CHAMPAIGN — The UP Center of Champaign is asking for entries in the Queering UP the Arts exhibition this April. From the UP Center Facebook page:
Queering UP The Arts: Juried Art Exhibition
April 1 – May 12

The UP Center of Champaign County is seeking applications from local/regional artists for display in the Murphy Lounge at University YMCA in Champaign. We hope to showcase queer artists and artwork in a month-long exhibition. This exhibition will overlap with the Legacy Wall visiting from Chicago in mid-April. We welcome 2-D submissions in any media and in any style (we regret that we cannot accept 3-D works for this event).

Your Story Matters: Quench – “Black, Fat, and Non-Conforming” on Feb. 18

CHAMPAIGN — The next Your Story Matters event is on Feb. 18 at the University of Illinois Women’s Resource Center. From the Facebook event:
For our second Quench series of the semester, campus professional Justin Toliver will share a bit of their story with us and impart a few sage word of wisdom on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Please join us in the Women’s Resources Center on February 18th at noon to engage with the Your Story Matters series and get some yummy lunch!

LGBTQ interfaith event looking for coming out stories on faith

CHAMPAIGN — Student group LGBTJew at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping with an interfaith pride project and is asking for help. The group is hoping to put a booklet together for the event that tells coming out stories relate to/speak to/are commentaries on faith. If you would like to submit a story, please email your submission (no more than three paragraphs) to LGBTJew president Claire Katz-Mariani by January 28th. Your story may relate to any religion and any aspect of the LGBTQ community. Feel free to email with any questions.

Quench series at U of I continues with Your Story Matters on Feb. 4

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center is hosting the next event for the Quench storytelling series on Feb. 4. From the Facebook event:
For our first QUENCH of the semester, Nathan Alexander (aka Annie Hart) will present “How to Train Your Drag Daughter: Influence of Drag & Selective Family.” Please join us in the University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center on February 4th at noon to kick off the first of our spring 2019 Your Story Matters series with a presentation you surely don’t want to miss! Bonus points to anyone who shows up to this presentation in drag themselves.

Queering Faith 2 with The Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder on Feb. 2

CHAMPAIGN — UCC Campus Ministry is bringing back “Queering Faith” to Community UCC on Feb. 2 with Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder. From their Facebook event:
Queering Faith is BACK! This year, we are thrilled welcome Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Sr. Pastor of City of Refuge UCC and Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years.

U of I LGBT Resource Center to hold spring semester kickoff on Jan. 17

URBANA — The University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center will be hosting a kickoff for the semester at their offices on Jan. 17. From the Facebook event:
We know you’re wondering – so here it is – our Spring semester welcome celebration! This upcoming Thursday the 17th, please join us in the University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center starting at 6 PM for a full night of fun, fellowship, and (you guessed it) FOOD. Come celebrate your success of getting through the Fall semester, and start the Spring semester off with your UIUC LGBTQ family, because we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Drag Queen Story Hour in Urbana this Sunday

URBANA — Drag Queen Story Hour is coming back to the Urbana Free Library this Sunday, Jan. 6. From the Facebook event:
Drag Queen Story Hour returns! This fun and fabulous all-ages event features local drag performers reading children’s stories and doing crafts. Expect sparkles, glamorous dress-up, and a friendly atmosphere.

Swastika found at U of I English Building

URBANA — A swastika was found in the bathroom of the English Building at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, local media reported Wednesday. It was the second incidence in a month. The News-Gazette of Champaign/Urbana reported that the swastika was found Monday drawn on a wall inside a men’s restroom at the English Building at 608 S. Wright St. in Urbana. No word on how long it had been there.