Dear All,


Another QPenn has come and gone, and we hope you had a fabulous time. From Kate Clinton on Monday to the Pride Games and Queer Quizzo on Sunday, it was certainly a week to remember. Most groups are taking this week off, but check out the bottom of the newsletter for some opportunities to help fellow students with their research. Detox with us, and join us for the Lambda general body meeting this Thursday at 8 p.m.


ALSO! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! This Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. is the Lambda Leadership Retreat! See below for the details, but every group should send some reps, and everyone is welcome to attend. It definitely promises to be a great and informative time. Email Kyle Lutkewitte ASAP to let him know if you’re coming at See you there!


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



**Lambda Alliance Leadership Retreat**

Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: LGBT Center

Get excited for the Lambda Alliance Spring Leadership Retreat! 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 ASAP at He needs to know who is coming or he can’t order the right amount of food. 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!


J-BaGeL/Lambda Mixer with NUJLS

Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Location: LGBT Center
Come to the center from 9-12 this Saturday for kosher snacks and music with the students in town for the NUJLS (National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students) convention. It will be tons of fun!



QSA Questioning Event
Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
Time: 8:00 pm
QSA will be hosting a questioning event every 2nd and 4th Monday of the 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 this information. Location will be sent out to emails anonymously. Please e-mail:


What else is new?



LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference
Please join us for the 2009 LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference in Philadelphia.  This conference will bring over 100 LGBTQ Womyn of Color from the Philadelphia region and across the U.S to a 2-day event filled with thought-provoking discussion, art-making, healing, and networking among different generations!

The Details:

April 3, 2009 - OPENING NIGHT (5pm-8:30pm): Feature Performance by Staceyann Chin with *Exclusive Booksigning* of her new memoir, The Other Side of Paradise.  Other Performances include 3XLadyCrew and Nzinga Arts Collective Feat. Vocalist Fatimah Loren.  Location: Christ Church Theate (2nd Street Between Market and Arch) Phila,PA)

April 4, 2009 - INTER-GENERATIONAL BRUNCH AND WORKSHOPS (10am-5pm): Workshop themes include Relationships, Sexual Practices, Spirituality, and Body/Health.  Location: William Way Center (1315 Spruce St. Phila, PA)



*** SPECIAL OFFER: $40 for Adult Registration; $20 for Youth (16-18) ***

***Limited Scholarships Available, please contact***



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:



LGBT Tobacco Survey

My name is Caleb Rosenberg-Szubski I am a student from UPenn and I’m conducting a survey for my senior thesis to better understand tobacco use behavior (i.e. frequency of use, attitudes about use, lifestyles related to use, and views on tobacco-related issues) among college students at various universities. One of the areas that I am looking at closely concerns tobacco use among the LGBT communities at colleges.

Whether you use tobacco or not, I’m asking you to fill out this survey: (The deadline to take the survey is: April 22nd)

The survey consists of four short sections (30 or less questions in total); please be certain to follow the instructions because there are numerous questions that you may not have to answer based on previous responses. It will likely take you no more than 10-15 minutes to go through the entire survey.

I want to assure you that your responses to the survey will be kept 100% confidential. No names or identifying information are required to be given and all responses are completely anonymous.

Upon completion, you will be invited to enter a raffle for a $40 iTunes gift certificate – simply by taking a few minutes to answer really simple, yet relevant questions!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey or my project, please do not hesitate to email me at


Sociology Research on Bar/Club vs. Online Culture

My name is Robert Filbin. I am a Penn student taking a class called Field Methods of Sociological Research. As a part of the class, I am conducting interviews with GBQ males who have experience in bars/clubs and/or in online chat rooms, dating sites, or other community-oriented online venues. I am hoping to gather information about why GBQ males visit bars/clubs vs. online spaces and how demographics and experiences between the two types of venues differ. 


I hope my research will help to empower GBQ males by assessing and contrasting the values of a range of community-oriented venues, encouraging more cross-sexual identity research and understanding (I identify as straight), and increasing awareness of GBQ male issues in the general population, at least for the students in my classroom and hopefully beyond.


All of the interviews will be conducted in-person and can be done at a time and location convenient to the interviewee. Confidentiality is an important part of the interview process: your name will not be recorded nor associated in any way with the interview transcript.


I am beginning to conduct interviews immediately. While I hope to finish interviews in the next two weeks, this time window may be extended based on the number of interviews conducted. If you are interested in being an interviewee or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 503-442-8895.



Senior Thesis on the LGBT Center

My name is Katie Seeger. I'm a senior in the college, and I'm currently writing my thesis on the culture of the LGBT Center. I'm specifically looking into perceptions of the Center, as well as messages, values, and ways of cognizing gender and sexuality that are transmitted by the Center. If you are a Penn student, consider yourself to be a part of the LGBT(QQA) community, and are over 18 years of age, I would like to invite you to be a part of my research.

My research also includes students who, despite ties to the LGBT community, choose not to use the Center. Your perceptions of the Center are just as valid, insightful, and helpful to my research, so don't hesitate to contact me! (