Dear All,


Happy (Belated) National Coming Out Day! Celebrate being out and proud by checking out these events this week. Also, read to the bottom of this email for a chance to see San Francisco Mayor and LGBT advocate Gavin Newsom speak this Tuesday. Finally, join us on Wednesday night for the Lambda Alliance General Body Meeting. Agenda is below:


  1. IvyQ Update
  2. QPenn Update
  3. Student Health Insurance Update
  4. Coalition Funding
  5. Leadership Retreat
  6. 5B Update
  7. Open Forum



Your Lambda Board,

Dennie Zastrow, Chair

Baylee Feore, Vice Chair of Political Affairs

Kyle Lutkewitte, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs

Tyler Ernst, Vice Chair of Finance and Development

Paul Richards, Vice Chair of Communications



Calendar of Events



Matthew Shepard Vigil

Date: Monday, Oct. 12

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Place: Harrison Green

Please join QSA and Allies to commemorate the death of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered on October 12, 1998 due to his sexual orientation. The candle-light vigil will begin at 9 P.M. on Harrison Green. Afterwards, we will be having hot refreshments at the LGBT Center along with a preview of Closet Confessionals.



PATH Elections and General Body Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Time: 9:05 p.m.

Place: LGBT Center

Come learn about PATH and help us out by voting or running for a position for the rest of the 2009 year!  Positions include: Chairperson; Vice-Chairperson; Treasurer; Advocacy Director; Social Director; and  Communications Director. The PATH constitution is attached to this newsletter.


New members welcome! We'll be de-briefing the TRAINING RULES screening and planning upcoming events!


Lambda Alliance General Body Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: LGBT Center

Come to the Lambda General Body Meeting to see what we’re up to this semester.


QUEST General Body Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Place: LGBT Center

Join QUEST for our second general body meeting! As LGBT engineers and scientists, we sometimes feel twisted in multiple worlds, so come play Twister with your fellow QUESTers! In addition, bring ALL of your Penn Engineering t-shirts that you own to the meeting (if you don’t have any, don’t worry about it). If you’re wondering why, it’s a surprise!



Gay-ming Night with the Wharton Alliance

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Place: TBA

Join the Wharton Alliance for an informal night of board games, food, and fun to unwind after your stressful week! Highlights will most certainly include Twister, Apples to Apples, and more Twister. We're looking to hold more social events this semester and especially want to reach out to underclassmen who may not be as familiar with the Wharton Alliance yet - although the event will be open to all! 


Come and bring a friend - we want to continue to strengthen the network of LGBT students on campus. Talk to a Wharton Alliance board member this week if you're interested so that we can be sure to get the location information out.



QUEST trip to Body Worlds 2 Exhibit at the Franklin Institute

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24

Time: 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.

Place: Franklin Institute

QUEST is planning a field trip to the “Body Worlds 2 & The Brain” exhibit at the Franklin Institute. We want to go on Saturday, October 24th from either 1-5pm or 2-6pm. For more info about the Institute & BODY WORLDS 2 see the following: Please RSVP to Vivian Huang at if you are interested in going so we can secure our group cost.




What else is new?



Meet San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom!!

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Class of ’47 Room, 2nd Floor Houston Hall


Join the Penn Democrats for a rare meet-and-greet opportunity with San Francisco Mayor and California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom.

Mayor Newsom is a dynamic, young, energetic and accomplished public servant who has championed reforms among the most progressive of any city in the United States.  He is perhaps best known for directing the City of San Francisco to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples in 2004, and in 2008 he was a vocal opponent of Proposition 8, a ballot proposition which amended the state Constitution to prohibit gay marriage.

In addition, the Mayor signed legislation that provides universal health care to all San Franciscans.  This legislation made San Francisco the only city in the country to provide universal health care, making it a model for the rest of the country.

Finally, the Mayor has promoted such effective environmental policies that the city is ahead of the requirements set by the Kyoto Protocol.

We hope you can join us for this exciting event.


Space is limited to 50 -- RSVP here to reserve a seat.

What Does Stonewall Mean to You?


The LGBT Center of the University of Pennsylvania is producing a unique publication to mark the 40-year-anniversary of the beginning of the gay rights movement. We are looking for submissions from Penn students and employees alike to answer the simple question: What does Stonewall mean today? We are living in an America that can be described not only as post-Stonewall, but post-gay, post-AIDS, post-queer, existing after yet, in a strange way, within these movements and events, still shivering in the aftershocks. Stonewall, for many young people, means nothing; they've never heard of it; it has no effect on their identity, personal histories, lives. But Stonewall is, as its very name suggests, indelibly situated in the historical past like a megalithic barrier that must be confronted. We welcome nonfiction reflections, creative responses, and artistic expressions of your experiences living in this POST* world.

If you are interested in submitting, editing, or design, please email Lee Huttner at