Dear All,


It’s the last week before spring break and the event calendar is light, so take a break from your studying and come join us. Also, now’s the time to start thinking about the Lambda leadership retreat on April 4th. Details are at the bottom of the newsletter. And don’t forget about the QPenn planning meeting today (it’s almost here!) and the Lambda Alliance general body meeting on Thursday. Agenda is below:

1.  Leadership Retreat

2.  IvyLGBT

3.  UA Gender Identity Proposal

4.  Admissions Dean Advisory Board

5.  Collaboration Meeting

6.  Sorority Training

7.  President/Provost Meeting Recap

8.  Updates

9.  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


QPenn General Body Meeting

Date: Monday, March 2 (TODAY!!)

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: LGBT Center

QPenn is right around the corner, and now is the time to get involved! Every group is participating in some way, so you should be at this meeting to help finalize the week’s schedule and brainstorm ways to promote what is sure to be a gay old time.

QSA General Body Meeting: Pondering Porn

Date: Tuesday, March 3

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: LGBT Center
Come out to QSA's first March general body meeting this Tuesday night. In light of this week’s Rethinking Sex conference, we're hosting a very sexy (and intellectual) discussion on pornography, and it promises to be insightful and fun! Snacks and good company included. See you there!!

Lambda Alliance General Body Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: LGBT Center

Join the Lambda board to talk about our current projects, get your finalized QPenn events on the official schedule, and learn more about the upcoming Lambda leadership retreat.

QPenn Event: Beyond Beats & Rhymes with Byron Hurt

Date: Tuesday, March 24

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Bodek Lounge

On Tuesday March, 24, QPOC and BSL will be bringing Byron Hurt to campus to speak on/discuss his documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Here's an excerpt from his bio:

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti-sexist activist.  His most recent documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers.  To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes has been selected to appear in more than 40 film festivals worldwide.

QPenn Event: Chris McCarthy, VP of MTVu

Date: Friday, March 27

Time: 1:00 pm

Wharton Alliance will be hosting Chris McCarthy, Senior Vice President of MTVu, on campus to speak about careers in media and entertainment and being out in the workplace.  He’ll share his experiences about being out and making it to the top.  Lunch will be served.


Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics Lecture - QUEST

Date: Wednesday, April 8

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Meyerson B5
Joan Lau is a Penn Alum and active in PennGALA. She also works at Merck and is a Penn professor. She will be giving a lecture with a few speakers from the scientific area in industry to talk about their experiences.  Interested students must let the professor know in advance (


What else is new?



Lambda Alliance Leadership Retreat

Get excited for the Lambda Alliance Spring Leadership Retreat on April 4th from 10 am -3 pm! This semester's retreat will feature Christopher Bartlett, a specialist in LGBT leadership methods. Chris has studied Jewish leadership techniques as a way to understand leadership in the face of adversity. He will speak on everything from the need to pay attention to the community's elders to effective networking techniques and even the importance of backing up your hard drive! Please select two members of your group's general body to attend, as well as any interested board members. Please send the names of those attending to Kyle Lutkewitte at  Food will be provided. If you do not fit in any of these categories but are still interested, please don't hesitate to come to what will be a very interesting retreat!


LGBT Screw Ball nominations – Wharton Alliance

For QPenn 2009, the Wharton Alliance is presenting its inaugural Screw Ball event for Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, including all 12 undergraduate and graduate schools. 

Screw Ball is an event for other members of the LGBT community to pair you up with your potential soul mate on a blind date!  There will be a few representatives who will negotiate among themselves who would be great matches where you will get to choose who has control of your fate.  Essentially, the date may not go so well, in which case you would be screwed, or it could go extremely well and could possibly still be screwed.  The Wharton Alliance will provide a romantic venue for all of these dates to occur simultaneously, and the tentative time is at 8pm on Wednesday, March 25th.

Nominations for Representatives

Because we want to make sure that you are matched with the best person, we need your help to find great representatives.  Please send us 3 possible names of people that you would be happy with to choose your date.  We will choose the ones with the highest number of nominations that represent our diverse community.  Representatives will be required to meet the weekend beforehand on Saturday March 21st to discuss pairing.

We need each person who is even considering attending to send their nominations for representatives to by Saturday March 15th.  This is important for us because we need to find an appropriate venue given the potential turnout.  Overall, this is a great opportunity to find true love, make a new friend, or just have a funny story to tell 5 years later, so let’s get screwed!

Volunteer for Foyer of Philadelphia

Foyer of Philadelphia ( is a new non-profit initiative seeking to provide transitional housing for LGBTQ youth who are homeless and/or aging out of foster care. Two youth have expressed an interest in studying for their SATs and are willing to commit two hours a week once a week to a tutoring session. If you are interested, please email Noel Ramirez at

Hosting for Scholars Weekend

MRP is looking for hosts for Scholars Weekend. If you are interested in being a host please sign up by clicking this link:


Hosting for Rethinking Sex Conference

Interested in hosting an undergraduate traveling to Penn for the Rethinking Sex Conference from March 4-6? Hosts of all genders, on- and off-campus are needed. If you’d like to host someone, please email