Dear All,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Get excited for the week, because this Thursday is Freedom to Marry Day! Make sure you stop by Houston to eat some cake, watch a same-sex wedding, and voice your support for marriage rights. Also, please take some time to think about the following three questions and send your thoughts to G.J. Melendez-Torres, who is working to gather data on the possibility of bringing an LGBT Studies program to Penn. You can email him at Thanks!


1) Do you feel that the undergraduate academic experience is inclusive of you--why or why not?

2) Do you feel that an LGBT studies program is important at Penn?  Why or why not?

3) What experience have you had with gender and sexuality courses at Penn? 



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


QPenn General Body Meeting
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: LGBT Center

Come participate in the planning efforts for the LGBT community’s biggest celebration of the year, QPenn! Get involved with advertising, marketing, or contribute content to the supplement.


QCF Dinner at the Newman Center – “LGBT Identities & Communities of Faith”
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St. (near Pottruck)
The Newman Center, a Catholic campus ministry, invites LGBT students for an evening of fellowship, dinner, and open discussion centered around our common experiences of faith.

QSA Questioning Event
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 8:00 pm
Location will be sent out to e-mails anonymously

QSA will be hosting a questioning event next month for people who are either in the closet or who have any questions about sexuality.  If you know anyone who'd benefit from this service, please pass on the following information:
Please e-mail: 


Allies General Body Meeting
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Huntsman Hall F96

It's OK to be straight and committed to the advancement in education and awareness of LGBT issues!  Join Allies and come to the first General Body Meeting of the semester!  This meeting will focus primarily on recruitment and on planning for our Freedom to Marry Day events on Thursday and next Monday!  


Nurses PUSH General Body Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: SON (Nursing Building) room TBA

Join Nurses PUSH as we elect our newest board! We will be talking about and planning some exciting things coming up this semester! Get pumped for an incredible semester!!! EVERYONE is welcome! Pizza will be served!


Fruit(s) In Bed: FruitPlay with QPOC

Date: Tuesday, February 10

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: LGBT Center

You did that how many times!?!? That's right, QPOC is sending out a Sex Survey for you to finally (anonymously) let us know about Penn's sex-scape.
The survey is short (just ten questions) so we KNOW you have the time to fill it out. We need the numbers, and YOU could make this interesting.

Take the quiz NOW!!!

THEN come to QPOC's next general body meeting to discuss the numbers and talk about whether Penn's campus is the place to mango-a-Go-GOO! or if it's just as tired as wheat grass. We have some fruit-filled games we know you'll love, so take the survey and let's talk about SEX!



PATH Planning Meeting: GET INVOLVED in the Visibility Campaign and Pride Games!

Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Harrison Mezzanine

Come help plan the 1st EVER Penn STUDENT ATHLETE LGBTQ Visibility Campaign (help us think of a better name too!, lol)! We need you and your awesome ideas!  YUMMY YUMMY Snacks will be provided!  Those who are interested but cannot attended please email or 


Wharton Alliance: Gold & Chocolate, A Valentine's Day Celebration for the LGBT Community and Straight Allies!
Date: Wednesday, February 11

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: The Ritz-Charlton Philadelphia at 10 South Broad Street

This is a great opportunity to network with 2 prominent local LGBT organizations and the upper levels of their donor bases! Come volunteer at this joint fundraiser for DVLF and William Way Community Center. The event will be also celebrating a HUGE, recent $100,000 gift. Guests are being asked to donate their unwanted jewelry, in addition to a cash ticket, which will be valued by an appraiser on-site. The cash value will be donated to DVLF and WWCC. These "jewelry" parties are popular in L.A. and now in the Main Line.

Volunteers will be staffing the registration table, greeting guests, aiding DVLF Board members in assisting the jeweler, some setup/breakdown. Please arrive by 5pm and staying until 8:30pm. Please email if you are interested in volunteering for this event.



Support Vaginas with QSA – The Vagina Monologues
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Irvine Auditorium Main Hall, 3401 Spruce Street

Bring your tickets and your enthusiasm to come support UPenn's Vagina Monologues with QSA. Meet at the Button at 7:40 to head over to Irvine!
Contact Anna if you have any questions ( or 267-614-5567).



Allies’ Freedom to Marry Day Event

Date: Thursday, February 12
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Houston Hall Bistro Room

You're invited! Join us for the wedding of Dennie Zastrow and Matt Feczko! The ceremony (held at 12:15) will be followed by a delicious wedding cake and other sweets as we get the word out for marriage equality! Come eat yummy desserts, sign a petition, and learn how you can get involved!!! Formal wear is encouraged, but not at all required. PLEASE STOP BY!!!

p.s. If anyone is interested in being a groomsman or bridesmaid please contact Tatiana at  


QUEST and Nurses PUSH – Valentine’s Game Night

Date: Friday, February 13

Time: TBA

Location: LGBT Center
Come stay warm at the LGBT Center and kick-off your Valentine's weekend with QUEST and PUSH for game night!  Have fun playing a variety of games ranging from Apples To Apples to Chaboo (a creative mix between Taboo and Charades). There will good food, warm beverages, and plenty of great people.  Whether you've been looking for a way to meet people or to just have some fun with your friends, here is a great chance. All are welcome to attend.



PATH and Philadelphia Gryphons Pick Up Rugby Game
Date: Sunday, February 15
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Hill Field, then Mikey’s Bar and Grill on 31st and Chestnut

Come learn or show off your RUGBY skills in this pick-up game/mixer with the Phildelphia Gryphons.  The games begin at 3, and the food and social at Mikey's (specials on food/beverages) starts around 5 (when we finish). NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

RSVP here:


QUEST – Masculinization of Computer Science (E-Week)

Date: Monday, February 16

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Wu and Chen Auditorium in Levine Hall
WICS and QUEST host a Lecture and Discussion with Professor Nathan Ensmenger (Science, Technology, and Society Department). Professor Ensmenger will give a brief presentation about the research he has done on the subject of gender in computing; specifically, the masculinization of computer science during the second half of the 20th century and the factors that began to drive women away from computing-related careers. His talk will be followed by a group discussion/Q&A session accompanied by FREE burritos from Chipotle!



“It’s Not Whether You’re Gay or Straight, It’s How You Play the Game: A Discussion of Homophobia in Athletics”

Date: Wednesday, February 18

Time: 6:30 pm, dinner included

Location: Dunning Coaches’ Center, 231 S. 33rd St.

Come to this first ever Homophobia in Athletics Panel. This will be an incredible dialogue with athletic professionals from Penn and the surrounding community. 


QCF Dinner with Soulforce
Date: Wednesday, February 25
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Christian Association,
118 South 37th Street (37th at Sansom)

Join us for discussion over FREE home-cooked dinner with Soulforce. The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.



What else is new?


All That Drag: QPenn 2009 Drag Show!!!

It's that time of year again, where gender bending is the name of the game. Take part in the Queer Student Alliance's annual charity Drag Show! We're calling for performers: queers, allies, dancers, athletes, scholars and Whartonites... it's time to show your wild side! Grab some friends, or fly solo. If you're interested or would like to receive more information, please contact Phil Shecter ( Show date is Friday, March 27th!


Submit to the QPenn Supplement!

Calling all writers, artists, and creative minds of all sorts. February is the month to submit your queer-related writing, art, or design skill to the creation of the QPenn supplement. We are looking for pieces of all variety, whether it be political, personal, humorous, or a fun feature on an aspect of gay culture at Penn or in Philadelphia. Artists, photographers, or those with graphic design skills are also encouraged to contribute. If you’re interested, email, and I will put you on the email list. Even if you don’t have a specific idea, I have a lot and am happy to work with you in developing a piece. Deadline: February 28


Healthy Living Task Force – Apply Now!!

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?  Apply now to join the Healthy Living Task Force!

The Healthy Living Task Force is a network of students committed to helping their peers with mental health issues. We currently have trained over 110 students since the spring of 2006. These students now participate in events to continue their training and knowledge of mental health issues their peers are dealing with on Penn's campus.

Training will be held on Sunday 2/15 and 2/22, 2-4 pm. New members who join the Task Force will receive two days of training led by professors in the Penn community, as well as psychiatrists and psychologists in stress management, relationships, and addiction. Members of the Healthy Living Task Force will have the opportunity to:

Receive training on mental health issues

Interact & learn from experienced professionals

Connect with their peers in meaningful ways

Enjoy great food & events