Dear All,

Check it. Make sure you RSVP for the Lambda Leadership Retreat on Nov. 21st if you’re interested in attending. Have a good week!

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



ALLIES General Body Meeting

Date: Monday, Nov. 16

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center
Join Allies for our next GBM! We have two events coming up in a couple weeks that we need to start planning for. The first is a coffeehouse featuring Penn performing groups to raise money for an AIDS charity. The second is a film screening/discussion of a short, awesome experimental film entitled Blue led by an English/cinema studies professor. In addition, we will continue where our last meeting left off – doing Allies-related activities and discussing the tactics of oppositional groups such as Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. See you Monday!



QPenn Supplement Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center
Interested in writing, drawing or designing for the QPenn supplement? Join supplement co-editors Vivian and Josh for an informal brainstorming session on how we can make this year’s edition better than ever. This is a great way to contribute creatively to QPenn, even if you don’t intend to write for the supplement yourself. All are welcome!



QUEST General Body Meeting/Health Graduate Student Panel

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center
Join QUEST for our monthly general body meeting where we will (finally) ratify our constitution. In addition, please join us in welcoming our invited health graduate students for a panel on LGBT issues in the health field. Do you have questions about how your LGBT identity might affect the application process? Have you ever wondered what life is like as an out medical, dental or veterinary student or professional? Bring your questions and find out while joining our guests in a lovely cheese and fruit reception.



QSA Bake Sale for Giovanni’s Room

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Locust Walk
QSA will be hosting a second bake sale this week to help raise money for Giovanni's Room, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the nation. Please stop by to pick up some yummy homemade baked goods like brownies, muffins and cookies!



QCF Presents “Camp Out:” Dinner and Discussion

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Christian Association, 118 S. 37th St.

QCF's dinner this week will feature parts of Rev. Jay's documentary "Camp Out." According to the website, this film follows 10 endearing teenagers at the first overnight Bible camp for gay Christian youths (The Naming Project). Caught in the culture war of religion, politics and the queer community, these teens refuse to turn their backs on God. The camp provides a safe haven as they struggle for truth in the unlikely marriage of their spirituality and their sexual identity. From this film, we hope to discuss some of the issues faced by young people of Christian faith coming to terms with a queer sexuality. QCF has invited members of Penn's Catholic Student Association for this special event, but as always, all are welcome to attend.



QCF General Body Meeting: Home for the Holi-gays

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Bringing your significant other home for a holiday meet-and-greet is always a little intimidating, but for those of us in gay relationships, it can be a little tricky. Studies have also shown that, whether in a relationship or not, an increasing number of LGBT young people decide to come out to their families over holidays like Thanksgiving. So whether you’re out to your entire family or none of them at all, come join QSA for a discussion of what it’s like to bring your “friend” home to meet the parents, and share how you negotiate your LGBT identity with your extended family. Afterward, stick around for a hot chocolate-fueled mixer with Drexel FUSE!



J-BaGeL General Body Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

J-BaGeL will be having its first General Body Meeting! We will be discussing our past, present, and future, along with ratifying our new constitution and discussing elections which will be held in a month (TBD). Refreshments will be provided.



Lt. Dan Choi Speaking Event/Symposium

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
On March 19, 2009 Lieutenant Daniel Choi announced on “The Rachel Maddow Show” that he is gay. Upon this announcement, the U.S. Army began discharge proceedings against Choi for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy (DADT), a U.S. Federal law restricting open gays and lesbians from serving in the military.


The University of Pennsylvania will host a lecture by Lieutenant Daniel Choi on Thursday, November 19, at 5 pm in Houston Hall, Hall of Flags, followed by a unique student-led discussion. Choi will share his experiences as a gay Korean-American military officer who was dishonorably discharged for publicly coming out, and his ongoing fight for equality.


Following Choi’s speech, dinner will be served during discussions facilitated by members of two Penn student organizations, Queer People of Color and Sangam surroung homophobia in the military, homophobia in Asian Pacific American (APA) communities, interaction between APA and LGBT social justice movements, and unique issues faced by ‘double-minorities.’


To find out more, see the attached press release.



QSA Outreach Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: TBA

If you would like to help discuss outreach strategies and the upcoming QSA Mainline Youth Alliance trip please attend this meeting. Look out for the QSA newsletter for more info.



QSA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

QSA's Advocacy committee will be hosting a meeting to discuss the newest campaign. If you would like to attend please email Marianne at Look for the QSA newsletter for more info.



QSA Mainline Youth Alliance Outreach Trip

Date: Friday, Nov. 20

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Location: meet at the LGBT Center

QSA is sponsoring an outreach event at Mainline Youth Alliance. We’ll be meeting up at the Center and taking the R5 out to the Mainline for the evening to meet with local youth about college and LGBT identity. Email Thadeus at if you’re interested in joining. Don’t forget to bring money and septa tokens!



Lambda Alliance Leadership Retreat

Date: Saturday, Nov. 21

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

The Lambda Alliance Leadership Retreat this semester will take place on November 21st.  Arrive at 10 AM to have a light breakfast before the retreat begins. This year's theme is LGBT Leaders: Past, Present, and Future and will feature David Azzolina and Nina Harris among the speakers. Please RSVP to before November 14th to tell him who in your groups will be attending. Each constituent group should aim at sending 4 representatives - preferably two board members and two general body members. As always, an amazing lunch will be served.



RRC Presents Torah Queeries Philadelphia

Date: Sunday, Nov. 22

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Join us as six authors celebrate the new book Torah Queeries,  gleaning contemporary wisdom on sexuality, identity, gender and LGBT life from the ancient text. This free, public event features RRC faculty members Rabbis Jacob Staub, Ph.D., Amber Powers and Linda Holtzman, and Lori Lefkovitz, Ph.D., as well as Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell. Rabbi Joshua Lesser, RRC ’99 (co-editor) moderates the panel. Books will be available for sale courtesy of the Penn Book Center. For advance information, call RRC at 215.576.0800, ext. 141.



PATH and Penn AIDS Awareness Film Screening

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Come support PATH and Penn AIDS Awareness at our first annual joint film screening to promote the National AIDS Awareness Day and the 3 v. 3 soccer tournament fundraiser!



Lose the Shoes 3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament

Date: Friday, Dec. 11

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Do you love free Chipotle? How about Friday night open bar's at Blarney? If yes, then help "Kick AIDS Out of Africa" by participating in the 2nd annual "Lose the Shoes" 3v3 indoor soccer tournament to benefit Grassroot Soccer

There will be raffles, free food, refreshments, and music. Registration costs $10 per player, and must be completed by December 2nd on our event website ( Registration is limited to the first 24 teams that sign up, so we highly recommend you put a team together asap!


Now for the fun part...


On December __ (date TBD), the first 100 participants to make their $10 registration payment at Chipotle will receive a FREE Grassroot Soccer-Chipotle t-shirt, along with a FREE BURRITO. Additionally, we will be holding an open bar after party at The Blarney Stone from 9-11pm, $15 cover charge.


Please check out our website for additional information, and join our facebook event as well!




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QSA Advocacy Survey

The Queer Student Alliance Advocacy/Awareness Campaign needs your help. Please take (literally) 3 seconds to fill out the survey. All we need are three adjectives that define you (other than Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, or Queer). Examples of what is needed: Asian, Greek, Filipino. Feel free to be creative!



Elections for the 2010 United Minorities Council Executive Board

UMC elections are coming up on Wednesday, December 2 from 6-10pm (approximately) at the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Nominations (for yourself or others) may be sent to by midnight on Wednesday, November 18. The board will be holding a casual meet-and-greet for candidates on Friday, November 20 from 6-7pm in the Huntsman Forum,  for interested nominees / candidates.  All those interested in running may attend the info session, regardless of whether they have been nominated yet.  Please see the attached UMC constitution for more information. Thank you!


These positions are available (Chair and Vice Chair will have 5 minutes to speak and 10 minutes for Q & A, all other positions will have 2 minutes to speak and 5 minutes Q & A at elections):

·         Chair

·         Vice Chair 

·         Political Chair

·         Financial Chair

·         Admissions Chair

·         (3) Programming Tri-Chairs

·         Communications Chair