Dear All,

There’s a lot going on in the LGBT community this week, so read carefully over the newsletter and see what interests you. Also, November might just be starting, but that’s one month away from December which means Lambda board elections on Dec. 2nd. If you think you might be interested in running (and we hope you are) contact one of the current board members to hear more about what they do.

Finally, take a moment to join the QPenn 2010 Facebook group! Join the group for periodic updates on the planning effort and to learn how you can get involved. The link is:  

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. 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Join Allies for our next General Body Meeting!  We will evaluate the current administration's actions regarding LGBT issues and examine the tactics of oppositional groups such as Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.  We will also be considering how to be an Ally in situations in which homophobic remarks are uttered.  Next, in honor of Aids Awareness Week, we will be planning our annual Fall fund-raising coffeehouse, tentatively scheduled for December 1.  For this event, we invite a variety of Penn performing groups and charge a small fee for admission to the show.  And finally, we will be discussing a date for a fun Allies dinner to be held at a restaurant on campus!  Don't miss out - come to the meeting!   

QSA Bake Sale for Giovanni’s Room

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Time: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Locust Walk

Help support America’s oldest LGBT bookstore by buying yummy homemade baked goods from QSA on the walk this Tuesday. We will have brownies, cookies, Kind Cakes and more.



QPOC presents The Girl Next Door [SOARS: Story of a Rape Survivor]
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Houston Hall of Flags
QPOC will be collaborating with other constituents of the UMC to host a reception which will be followed by the SOARS performance. The tragedy of rape transcends social, economic, and color boundaries, negatively affecting all communities. This event is party of UMC Unity Week. To see the full schedule, scroll down to the very bottom of the newsletter.



PATH General Body Meeting
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location: Harrison Mezzanine
Come see what PATH is up to in November! We'll be discussing upcoming activities such as the Lose the Shoes soccer tournament and our holiday party/study break. We'll also be brainstorming about future events (Pride Games, Quaker days....PATH in space?!) and ways to tackle homophobia in the athletic community!



QSA Goes Behind the Scenes at Woody’s!!
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Woody’s? Ever think what else goes into running a club than a bumping dance floor and a stocked bar? Want to meet the person ultimately responsible for those sweaty Wednesday nights? Come meet Tre from Woody’s who will give us a glimpse into Philly’s LGBT nightlife and fill us in on what it’s like running a business in the Gayborhood. 



QSA Questioning Event
Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: email to find out location
Do you or anyone you know need help figuring things out? Come to a confidential, no risk meeting with questions involving sexual identity and the coming out process. Email to get the confidential location. If you cannot attend, individual appointments can be scheduled (future dates this semester include Dec 3)



QUEST trip to Body Worlds 2 Exhibit at the Franklin Institute

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin Institute
QUEST is planning a field trip to the "Body Worlds 2 & The Brain” exhibit at the Franklin Institute. We are planning on purchasing group tickets for 2pm on Sunday, November 8th. For more info about the Institute & Body Worlds 2 see the following:


We are covering half the ticket price for 15 people so far, so it's going to be $9 a ticket. First come first serve, please RSVP to Vivian Huang at to reserve a spot.



QUEST Movie Night: Wet Hot American Summer

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Wu and Chen Auditorium
QUEST is having a movie night! Take a break from your busy week to watch this quirky comedy. A synopsis is below. Food will be served.


The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day (IMDb).



Young Christians Living in the Hook-Up Culture: Communicating, Negotiating, and Enjoying

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: University Lutheran Church, 37th and Chestnut Sts
Join members of the Queer Christian Fellowship for this exceptional and unique opportunity that affirms sexuality, women and the variety of sexual orientations is designed to help young adults become more comfortable with their own sexual decision-making.


The choice of workshops will include: "Bodies, Behaviors & Boundaries: How to Talk about Sex," "How to Say No and How to Say Yes," "LGBT Friendly Black Theology: It Ain't Your Grandmother's Church anymore," and "Healing After Sex Goes Wrong." The plenaries will focus on reproductive choice and the movie Juno, an intergenerational panel revealing what they wish they had known about sexuality and a viewing of the new DVD "Body Without Fear" featuring Penn students and the sexuality ministry at the Christian Association.To choose your workshops and reserve your place, go to

Registration is limited and cost is $5.00 (includes lunch). Need not be a Christian to participate. Sponsored by the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania.



Lt. Dan Choi Speaking Event/Symposium

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Houston Hall
APSC, QPOC, and Sangam are collaborating to bring Lt. Dan Choi to speak at Penn, after which we will be serving dinner and facilitating a discussion.  Lt. Dan Choi is a former American infantry officer from the United States Army who served as a combat veteran of the Iraq war who has since become a LGBT rights activist.  He has become known for challenging America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy which forbids lesbian and gay service members from serving openly when he came out of the closet in March 2009 on the The Rachel Maddow Show (that was all borrowed from his wiki page)... More details to come!!!




What else is new?




Lambda Leadership Retreat

Start thinking if you want to represent your groups at this semester's Lambda Leadership Retreat! In addition to some group dynamic and leadership building activities, we will discuss issues facing Penn's LGBT community such as what Stonewall means 40 years later, how to make our friends better allies, the health care debate, and other fun discussions.  The event will be November 21st from 10:30-2:30.  Remember all constituent groups are required to have at least 4 representatives (preferably two board members and two general body members).

RSVP to by November 14th.



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!



Wharton Alliance Board Member Applications – due November 14

Since 2003 we have been serving the pre-professional interests of LGBT undergrads on campus by providing diverse programming, including:

·  Targeted recruiting events with top firms in a variety of industries

·  Professional mentorship and education

·  Social community-building and support among undergrads with an interest in business 

Our board looks to recruit outgoing, friendly new members with some level of pre-professional interest and a desire to serve Penn's LGBT community. Board members do NOT need to be in Wharton or pursuing careers in finance or consulting.


If you're interested, please fill out the attached application and email it to Brandon Ahler at by Saturday, November 14th. Also, feel free to contact any board member before the deadline if you are considering applying or have any other questions about joining The Wharton Alliance.



Healthy Living Task Force

 The Healthy Living Task Force is an opportunity to recognize and offer needed support and strengthen the network of advice and support between students. 
Come to two days of training:
11/01 12pm-4pm and 11/08 12pm-4pm

Did you ever have a friend or classmate who was
...overly stressed
…seriously depressed
… struggling with an eating disorder
…or some other healthy living issue?
Do you want to learn how to help your friend or classmate? 

Students attending both trainings will be placed in a raffle to win a $100 model of healthy living prize.

 If you are interested, please apply now at 

Questions, email Melissa at



UMC’s Unity Week
Neighborhood Block Party [Battle of the Spices]

Sunday, 11/1, 4-6pm in Harrison's Rooftop Lounge
FREE Cultural food from UMC groups and performances by campus groups.

Good Care for our Neighbors [Healthcare Reform Student Dialogue]

Monday, 11/2, 7-8 in Harrison's Rooftop Lounge
What challenges to quality care do minorities face in the US system? Come see our student documentary and discuss with your peers.
Co-sponsor: Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

The Girl Next Door [SOARS: Story of a Rape Survivor, a project by Penn Professor Salamisha Tillett]

Tuesday, 11/3, 7-10 in Houston's Hall of Flags

QPOC will be collaborating with other constituents of the UMC to host a reception which will be followed by the SOARS performance. The tragedy of rape transcends social, economic, and color boundaries, negatively affecting all communities.
Co-sponsors: Multi-cultural Sororities, Penn One-in-Four, Penn Women's Center

Organizing our Neighbors [Keynote: "Race and Grassroots Organizing in the Age of Obama" by Princeton Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell]

Wednesday 11/4, 6:30-8 in College Hall 200
Professor Harris-Lacewell figures prominently in today's political commentary and will give us an inside look at race in the Obama administration and youth grassroots organizing.
Co-sponsors: Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Latino Coalition, UMOJA

*On Thursday, 11/12, we will have a follow-up discussion to the keynote. We will show clips from Melissa Harris-Lacewell's talk and apply concepts to Penn! You don't have to have attended the keynote to come. We welcome all!

UMC's Neighborhood Culture Share [Identity Games]

Thursday, 11/5, 6-8pm in Du Bois MPR
Participate in team-building activities that provide the opportunity for cultural exchange and enlightenment.

"Innovations in Education Reform: New Solutions for Philadelphia" Panel

Friday, 11/6, 2-3:15pm in Cohen Hall's Terrace Room
Part of the Greenfield Intercultural Center's 25th Anniversary Symposium. Panelists include:

Chris Bower, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Johnny Irizarry, School Reform Commission
Marc Mannella, KIPP Philadelphia Charter School
Sheyla Medina C’10, West Philadelphia Recess Initiative