Dear All,

We hope you are ready for a big week ahead! This Wednesday is our last GBM of the semester with elections for QPenn and IvyQ, Friday is the start to 2010 Spring Fling and beautiful weather is here to stay!


Have a great week and make smart choices this weekend!!

Your Lambda Board,
Tyler Ernst, Chair
Jason Goodman, Vice Chair of Political Affairs
Corinne Rich, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
Justin Warner, Vice Chair of Finance and Development
Julia Moon, Vice Chair of Communications

Calendar of Events         



Monday: 2010 Out for Undergraduate Business Conference (OUBC) Info Session and Schmoozing Workshop

Tuesday: LGBT Rights in Israel

            QUEST Board Election


Thursday: Questioning Events

Friday: QSA Kiss-In

            Post-Kiss-In Barbeque

Saturday: Fling!


2010 Out for Undergraduate Business Conference (OUBC) Info Session and Schmoozing Workshop

Date: Monday April 12

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: Huntsman 245

Are you an LGBT student interested in landing a job in the business world and have questions about being out at work? Come find out about the largest undergraduate business conference for LGBT students held every fall in New York City. The conference is an active recruiting pipeline into top finance, consulting and accounting firms and a great way to network with out professionals and other LGBT student leaders from campuses across the nation. Past attendee and Penn Campus Ambassador George Huang will be presenting. Join Penn's OUBC Facebook group at for the latest updates! The conference website is

Members of the Wharton Alliance will also be presenting a fun and interactive workshop on schmoozing, a crucial part of landing a job in today's job market and a great way to prep for next fall's OUBC!

Students from ALL FOUR schools are encouraged to attend!

LGBT Rights in Israel

Date: Tuesday April 13

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Location: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall


Join Penn Lecturer-in-Law Erez Aloni for an enlightening lecture on LGBT rights in Israel! Professor Aloni will be discussing the history and current situation of the LGBT movement in Israel. He will also specifically address the differences in LGBT rights between Israel and the United States. There will be a free desert reception to follow.

This event is presented by the Penn Israel Cultural Committee. Co-sponsors include: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Jewish Studies, The Middle East Center, Penn Israel Coalition, and J-BAGEL.


QUEST Board Election

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Rodin College House Mezzanine


Because of some recent changes, we're going to be holding a mid-semester election to fill the positions of Social Chair and Communications Chair on the QUEST board.  For information on the responsibilities associated with each position or for more information, please visit or email with any questions!  If you are considering running, please email with your intent.



Questioning Events

Date:  Every Thursday

Time:  8:30 PM or by appointment

Location: Confidential


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.


QSA Kiss-In

Date:  Friday, April 16

Time:  1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Location:  Upper Quad


This year during spring fling, QSA invites you to our Flash Mob "Kiss In" in the Quad at Fisher to just freeze in place together – kissing.  Plan to arrive at Friday 1:15 near the QSA table at Fisher. At 1:30 couples will “spontaneously” start kissing.


The message of this act is just to bring awareness of the LGBTQ community and we know you all love an excuse to make out. But let’s keep it classy (ie. shirts on… it’s not Woody’s and keep it above the waist) 


Post-Kiss-In Barbeque

Date:  Friday, April 16

Time:  2:00 PM

Location:  Hill Field


Join QSA and your fellow flash mob participants for some food and time to unwind after all the “Kiss In” excitement.  There will be plenty of hot dogs and burgers at this wonderfully flaming barbeque!


What else is new?


Spring Fling this weekend!!!


Dear All,

We hope you had a wonderful break and are energized and ready for classes! (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news if you were in denial!) There are a lot of exciting events going on this week and don’t forget that QPenn is only one week away! Also in exciting reminders- Dustin Lance Black is joining us as the keynote speaker!! The blurb is below in “What Else is New?”


            QPenn 2010 Keynote: Dustin Lance Black

Saturday, March 27, 2010

                        Time: 6-7:30pm

                        Location: Cohen Hall, Room G17 (249 South 36th St.)


Have a wonderful week!!

Your Lambda Board,
Tyler Ernst, Chair
Jason Goodman, Vice Chair of Political Affairs
Corinne Rich, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
Justin Warner, Vice Chair of Finance and Development
Julia Moon, Vice Chair of Communications

Calendar of Events         


Monday: S4TPF Application Due Date

Action Alert: Pennsylvania Votes to BAN same-sex Marriage

Final QPenn General Body Meeting

            Pride Games Registration form sent out


Wednesday: Lambda GBM (7:30) and QSA GBM (8pm)-

QSA GBM – “Mean Gays”

Thursday: Wharton Alliance GBM and Discussion: 'Affirmative Action' and Controversy in Diversity Recruiting

WA Gayming Night Redux!

            QSA Questioning Event

Friday: MYA Trip

5B Hosts UA Presidential Debate


The Lambda Alliance Google calendar is updated for this week! Please take a look there for reminders!


Pennsylvania Votes on Tuesday to BAN Same-Sex Marriage

Date: Monday, March 15th
Time: 8am-5pm

Location: Anywhere (Your Cell Phone)

Phone Banking Station: 1:00pm-3:00pm @ The LGBT Center (we do not have it reserved, so we may have to move somewhere else. If so, there will be a sign in the lobby, or email
This Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on SB 707, the "marriage protection" amendment to the PA constitution.
TELL SENATOR BOSCOLA TO VOTE NO ON MAKING HATE MONGERING PART OF OUR PA CONSTITUTION!!! We have an opportunity to stop the proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in Pennsylvania. One Lehigh Valley Democrat is standing in the way, Lisa Boscola. The amendment is currently in the judiciary committee, and if Lisa votes no, it dies in committee - if she votes yes, it goes straight to the Senate floor! Lisa Boscola has supported anti-queer bills in the past, and she hasn't confirmed how she will vote this time.
Please do your part - Call her office and tell her to VOTE NO on the anti-equality Constitutional Amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania when it comes to a vote in the Judiciary Committee. Please call both the local offices and her office in Harrisburg:
BETHLEHEM OFFICE -- (610) 868-8667
WHITEHALL OFFICE -- (610) 266-2117
POCONO OFFICE -- (570) 420-2938
HARRISBURG OFFICE -- (717) 787-4236

There are several other senators that we need to call and thank for their support. This is an issue that can affect everyone. At our phone banking, we will have scripts (if you have never called a senator's office before) and some snacks for your work. This is very important- please get involved! Several of these legislators went to Penn. Email for more information. (Organized by Lambda Alliance's Community Engagement Committee)


Final QPenn General Body Meeting
Date: Monday, March 15
Time: 6-7pm

Location: LGBT Center

Come to our last planning meeting before QPenn, which is NEXT WEEK!!!!
We need as many people as possible to come help us proof the final
version of the supplement. So even if you're only free for part of the
hour, please come help us for a very interactive, productive final

Wednesday March 17, 2010

Reminder: QSA will be having their GBM at 8pm, taking Lambda Alliances usual meeting time, and Lambda will be meeting beforehand at 7:30pm.


The short and sweet of it:

            Lambda Alliance Meeting


            QSA GBM


            Location: LBGT Center


QSA GBM – “Mean Gays”

Date:     March 17, 2010

Time:     8:00 PM

Location: LGBT Center


Is the Penn LGBT community really as fragmented and cliquey as it’s rumored to be?  Is disunity in the LGBT social scene necessarily a bad thing? Come and discuss the current state of affairs: how the social scene has evolved, where it’s headed, and how we might improve the gay experience at Penn. Confidentiality will be key, so leave your inhibitions behind and come share your thoughts!


Wharton Alliance GBM and Discussion: 'Affirmative Action' and Controversy in Diversity Recruiting
Date: Thursday, March 18th

Time: 7:00 PM-8:30PM
Location: JMHH G92

         Whether you're a regular member or a WA newbie, we highly encourage you to attend the first Wharton Alliance GBM dedicated to bringing an important topic of discussion to the community. Thursday after Spring Break, the board will facilitate discussion on the issue of "diversity recruiting" and what it means to society, the LGBT community, and companies that use it to identify and select job candidates. Is there a moral or ethical dilemma for conscientious LGBT people to consider? Why do many industries and firms believe they benefit from having a diverse workforce, and why do other industries lag behind?

         All these questions and more! After the event, join the Wharton Alliance board for a rehashing of last semester's popular 'Gayming Night,' location TBA, for Twister, (Gay) Mafia, and more. Email with questions.

Gayming Night Redux!
Date: Thursday, March 18th

Time: 9:00 PM 

Location: contact with questions and for location

          Be there! Join us for a repeat of our smash hit game night to unwind at the end of the week. Activities will include Twister (for real this time), massive games of (Gay) Mafia, and any other board games of your choice. Stand by for details, or ask a WA board member if you're interested in attending or lending us some good game ideas!


QSA Questioning Event
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Confidential

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. These Questioning Events will occur every Thursday at 8:30 PM, or meetings can be made by appointment.

MYA Trip

Date: Friday, March 19th

Time: 5:15-9:30PM

Location: meet at the LGBT center at 5:15pm

Come to the Mainline Youth Alliance this Friday to discuss college life and LGBT issues with high school students.  Anyone interested in attending should meet at the LGBT Center at 5:15 PM.


5B Hosts UA Presidential Debate

Date: Friday March 19th

Time: 6-7pm

Location: ARCH Auditorium

Lambda Alliance, along with the rest of the 5B, will be hosting the UA Presidential Debate. Come join us as the candidates answer tough questions and fight to represent our entire student body.

What else is new?


Last Chance: Seniors for The Penn Fund Gift Committee Leadership

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for leadership positions…

Seniors for The Penn Fund (S4TPF) 2011 Gift Committee

S4TPF is a unique volunteer opportunity for students of diverse backgrounds and talents who share a common drive to improve undergraduate life at Penn. The goal-oriented and high-profile gift committee ensures first rate results in a yearlong fundraising campaign, educating classmates about Penn’s finances and history of philanthropy while collecting annual gifts to The Penn Fund in support of the undergraduate experience. S4TPF is a program of Penn Traditions.

Leave a lasting impact on Penn and apply for a leadership position today!
*No previous leadership experience is necessary.*

More information about The Penn Fund, S4TPF Gift Committee, and application process are online:

Application deadline: Monday, March 15, 2010

Thank you for your interest in this exciting imitative with Penn Traditions, The Penn Fund, and your Junior Class Board!


Pride Games Registration form sent out

PATH's (Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia) 3rd Annual Pride Games is going to be from 3-5pm on Sunday, March 28 at Hill Field. Teams should have 6-10 members. We are going to be doing team tshirts with Pride Games on the front and our sponsors on the back. Each team will get to choose their shirt color. Registration is $3 per person and an additional $7 per person if your team gets shirts. 


This is going to be our third time doing it and this year is going to be better than ever. There will be prizes for the best teams. We have a lot of interest and we're going to have to cap the number of teams that we can take. The registration form will be emailed out on Monday and the first teams to sign up will be guaranteed a spot. 


Get your teams together and get excited for Pride Games 2010! 


Team Philadelphia's Our Night Out

Date: March 24

Time: 6-9 pm

Location TBA

Join PATH as we go downtown to Team Philadelphia's Our Night Out. Team Phila is an LGBT athletic focused group that brings the Philadelphia LGBT sports teams together and encourages participation in them. We will be socializing and networking with representatives from the various athletic teams around Philadelphia.


Screwball 2010

Date: Wednesday, March 24th

Time: 7:30-8:10pm and 8:20-9pm
          During last year's QPenn, Wharton Alliance's innovative blind date event made a big splash, and we're proud to be able to bring it back to you with a twist! This year, attendees will be randomly placed at a table of 4 to enjoy a subsidized dinner at our favorite Chinese BYO restaurant, Beijing, before the regular Wednesday night festivities - now you have no reason to go home alone! Please register as soon as possible at and provide:

(1) Your name

(2) Class year

(3) Contact information

(4) What time you would prefer to eat (7:30pm or 8:20pm)

(5) Any other info you'd like us to know

We will randomly put you at a table with 3 other attendees. The subsidized cost to all participants is $5 which includes tea, an appetizer (choose from a list), an entree (choose from a list), and a small dessert item. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday night!!!



Date: Friday, March 26, 2010

Time: 11pm-2am

Location: MidAtlantic

Venture down the rabbit hole for QSA’s Wonderland Ball! This year, QBall will be held at MidAtlantic, 3711 Market St. Tickets will be $7 on Locust Walk and $9 at the door.


“Both Sides of the Wall: Transgender Jewish Identity”
Two lectures with Professor Joy Ladin of Yeshiva University, the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Upon receiving tenure in 2006 as Professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University, Joy announced her intention transition from male to female. After a leave of absence, she returned to work as a woman in the fall of 2008. Since her recent transition, she has spoken at universities, synagogues, and at Limmud NY about being transgendered. She recently wrote for Moment and Lilith magazines about her experience transitioning and visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, first as a man and later as a woman. Both events are free and open to the public. Please contact J-Bagel at for more information on the events. Joy is a trailblazer in the Jewish world- we look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:30pm

Penn Hillel, The Shotel Dubin Auditorium (Second Floor)
215 S. 39th Street, Philadelphia
Sponsored by J-Bagel, Birthright Israel NEXT, Kol Tzedek West Philadelphia Synagogue, and the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 1:00pm
Houston Hall, The Benjamin Franklin Room (Second Floor)
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
Sponsored by J-Bagel and The Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, as part of QPenn.


QPenn 2010 Keynote: Dustin Lance Black

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time: 6-7:30PM

Location: Cohen Hall, Room G17 (249 South 36th Street)

Join us for the QPenn 2010 Keynote Speaker, Dustin Lance Black! We'll be having a lecture at 6pm and a Q&A session from 7-7:30pm- Admission is FREE and this event is open to EVERYONE!

About the speaker:

An honors graduate of UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Dustin Lance Black is a talented screenwriter, producer, and director. In 2004, Black signed on to draw on his devout Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio, Texas as a writer on HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated polygamist drama BIG LOVE. Black recently wrapped the third season of the series, in which he also served as co-producer.

In 2008, Black won the Academy Award and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, which chronicled the life and political career of the late gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected to public office in California. Recently, Black also began pre-production on his feature directorial debut WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, which is set to star Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly.

Additionally, Black is a prominent LGBT civil rights advocate. Check out the videos of his 2008 Academy Award speech and his speech from the National Equality March in the videos section below!

LGBT Center Advisory Council Applications

Looking for another way to get involved with the LGBT community at Penn? The LGBT Center Advisory Council is seeking members for the 2010/2011 academic year from all areas across the university including student, staff, and faculty.

The Advisory Council, with its diverse group of individuals, provides guidance to Center staff regarding Center mission, priorities, programs, and practices; helps publicize Center events and services in the community; and acts as a conduit to the Center for significant community opinions and developments (such as the modification of Penn’s non-discrimination policy to include gender identity/gender expression).

If you want a voice in the Center and the LGBT Community at Penn, please fill out an application today!

Application due: Monday, March 29, 5 PM

To download an application, visit: Please email the completed application to Nicole Riley ( For more information about the Advisory Council, feel free to contact to any of the individuals below.

Contacts (School Affiliation: Name – Email)
Staff: Nicole Riley –
Alumni: Alexis Ruby Howe –
Undergrad: Matthew Feczko –
Graduate: Raquel Albarrán –


J-Bagel and QPOC's 3rd Annual "Freedom Seder"

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Time: 7:00pm
Location: Harrison Sky Lounge

Save the date! More details to come soon.