Lambda GBM: Tonight at 8:30pm

Come out to the first Lambda Alliance GBM of 2014 for a discussion on Penn SexWeek and an introduction to all the projects for our constituent groups!

Food will be available, with vegan and vegetarian options as well.

See you there!

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Welcome to Penn Class of 2017!

Today students around the world are finding out that they have been accepted to be a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2017! With each new class, new students come to add to the vibrancy and diversity of the LGBTQ community here at Penn. We would like all of them to know that Penn is a safe place to be whomever you want to be!

We wanted to share the freshmen experiences of the Class of 2016 in this video to let them know what is waiting for them here at Penn!

Welcome future class mates! And welcome future leaders!

We cannot wait to meet you!

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QPenn Commences!

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QPenn is an annual week-long celebration of LGBTQA culture at Penn: an inclusive pride event meant for EVERYONE. This year, we’re celebrating the various “shades” of identity within the LGBTQ and allied community with our theme: “50 SHADES OF GAY.” Members of the LGBTQ and allied community escape a single definition, coming together in various shapes, sizes and colors to form a unique group of individuals. Each “shade of gay” has a different connotation, definition, and meaning to everyone.

The festivities started off tonight with a poignant keynote address from the brilliant Janet Mock. Janet Mock is the former editor of People.com and is a transgender woman of color. She discussed the history of transgender activism as well as,  contemporary voices in the transgender community. While most transgender representations in media solely focus on travesties committed on the transgender community, Janet Mock seeks to represent a transgender woman who has suceded in her life’s goal.. For more on Janet Mock and her activism, please visit her personal website here.

We hope to see everyone as this busy week continues. Come and celebrate what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ community.

Check out our calendar of events!

*MONDAY MARCH 18*

OUT IN THE WORKPLACE
https://www.facebook.com/events/333426543446594/
By: Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs and the LGBT Center
12-1pm at Penn Bookstore, 2nd Floor

LOVE DOESNT HURT
https://www.facebook.com/events/429393963819448/
By: Queer People of Color and QSP2
6:30-8:30pm at W.E.B. Du Bois Colllege House MPR
QSP2 and QPOC bring an informative and interactive event examining the complexities of intimate partner violence in queer communities of color. Refreshments will be served.

LAURENCE ANYWAYS FILM SCREENING
https://www.facebook.com/events/350821201695614/
By: QPenn in collaboration with Jeffrey Johnson, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department, and the Cinema Studies Department
7:30-10:30pm at Harrison Sky Lounge
The film centres on the tortured, on-again, off-again relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a writer and teacher, and his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clément), a line producer on film productions. Devout bohemians who have little interest in conventional mores, they lead a charmed existence buoyed by their contempt for virtually everyone else on the planet. That is, it’s a charmed existence until Laurence breaks down in tears and confesses that he believes he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body.

*TUESDAY MARCH 19*

ZISTORY: TRANS* HISTORY THEN AND NOW
https://www.facebook.com/events/124577647727063/
By: Penn Non-Cis
5-6pm at the LGBT Center
Join Penn Non-Cis for an educational and visual talk on transgender and gender non-conforming figures throughout history. We will analyze the invisibility of such figures and there erasure from mainstream LGBT history as well as how current trans* activists are making their voices heard.

THIRTY NOTHING
https://www.facebook.com/events/340072046108229/?fref=ts
Solo Performance by Dan Fishback (FREE)
7pm at the Rotunda
In his solo performance, thirtynothing, Dan Fishback juxtaposes tales from the terrifying dawn of the AIDS epidemic with stories from his own more innocent childhood in those same years. As he unearths forgotten work by gay artists who died in the 80s and 90s, Fishback weaves stories from his own life through stories from theirs. Searching for role models and father figures amongst artists like Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, David B. Feinberg, Essex Hemphill and many more, Fishback interacts with their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. With insight, wit, and his characteristic dark, neurotic humor, Fishback tears open issues of sexual intimacy, mass death and cultural memory, creating an abstract theatrical landscape where the living and the dead can co-mingle and collaborate.
Co-Sponsored by The Rotunda, Kelly Writers House, the LGBT Center, the Theater Arts Program and the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program

*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20*

THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF RIGHTS-BASED CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS
By: Philomathean Society
6pm-8pm at Philo Halls, 4th Floor College Hall

*THURSDAY, MARCH 21*

“REAL WOMEN”: BODY IMAGE, STEREOTYPES, AND MEDIA PRESSURE
https://www.facebook.com/events/394320883998920/?fref=ts
By: Queer Ladies at Penn
5-6pm at LGBT Center
Join Queer Ladies at Penn and Mental Wellness Week for a discussion on body image, femininity, sexuality, and the presentation of women in the media.

FREEDOM SEDER
By: QPOC / J-Bagel
Time: 6-8pm at TBA

GALA AND GRADS AT TAP (UNDERGRADS WELCOME)
https://www.facebook.com/events/490700037645893/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
By: Penn GALA, Lambda Grads, an the LGBT Center
9-11pm at Tap House”
Join Penn’s LGBTQ alumni and graduate student organization for drinks at Tap House! The first 50 people there will receive a complimentary drink ticket. 21+ Event.

*FRIDAY MARCH 22*

HEALTHCARE CAREER MENTORSHIP EVENT
By: LGBT Center
1-2pm in the LGBT Center
Interested in a career in healthcare and/or medicine? Stop by the LGBT Center to meet out students in medical school and talk about being out in medicine.

SEX JEOPARDY
By: Campus Health
3:30-4:30pm at LGBT Center
Join Campus Health along with APSC, LC, PCUW, UMC, and UMOJA to learn about sexual health through a fun, interactive game of Sex Jeopardy presented by Campus Health Educator Ashlee Halbritter and Campus Health Outreach Coordinator Emily Panik.

QSA PRESENTS… UNLEASH YOUR DRAG-ON (ANNUAL DRAG SHOW)
https://www.facebook.com/events/522107214498050/?fref=ts
By: Queer Student Alliance
7-9pm at Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Chapter House”

*SATURDAY MARCH 23*

NEEDING IT: PERFORMANCE IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
By: Dan Fishback
1-3pm in the LGBT Center
In this single-session performance art workshop, students will develop solo performances based on their personal obsessions and political impulses, while exploring the recent history of queer performance in New York City. Performance artist and ArtsEdge Resident Dan Fishback will work closely with students to move beyond conventional notions of “self-expression” and “autobiography” to something more primal and satisfying. Using traditional queer performance as a reference point, students will be encouraged to find new artistic language to stage their most vital urges.
Please RSVP to danfishback@gmail.com by March 20th. Maximum 10 students.
Co-Sponsored by Kelly Writers House

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR
https://www.facebook.com/events/342221855878653/?fref=ts
Written by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Rory Pelsue
Produced by Russell Abdo and Layla O’Kane
8pm at Harold Prince Theater in the Annenberg Center
Set in an all-girls boarding school in the 1930s, The Children’s Hour revolves around the themes of deception, slander, and the power of sexual repression. When student Mary Tilford escapes from school and tells her grandmother that the school’s headmistresses are having a lesbian affair, the lie grows and contaminates the lives of principals Karen and Martha. Hellman’s intelligent play strikes the perfect balance between psychological melodrama and political allegory.

GREAT GATSBY PARTY
By: Queer Student Alliance / Wharton Alliance
9pm-1am at the LGBT Center

*SUNDAY MARCH 24*

PRIDE GAMES
By: Penn Athletes and Allies Tacklign Homophobia
11am-3pm at Penn Park

PASSING THE TORCH: A CLOSING/OPENING CEREMONY
https://www.facebook.com/events/514460975259006/?fref=ts
By: QPenn/Festival Latino
Time: 7-10:00pm
Location: Cohen Hall Terrace Rm

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Valentine’s Day: Love is Love

On February 14th, Lambda Alliance collaborated with the Penn Democrats and the Penn Republicans to create a bi-partisan marriage equality event. We all came together to prove that marriage equality is a human rights issue that should not divide party lines.

On Valentine’s Day the iconic Love statue that resides between the diverging paths of Locust Walk was transformed. Adorned with colored paper, the typically red statue was turned into a vibrant rainbow. As the day went on, students, faculty, and casual tourists took pictures in front of the statue and proclaimed that “Love is Love.”

Thank you to everyone who came out! Photos can be found  on our facebook page.

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October is LGBT History Month!

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Tax Equalization

This news is a few months old, but still very important! Penn will now provide tax assistance to same-sex couples affected by the lack of federal recognition for same-sex relationships!

Read the announcement here, as well as the Daily Pennsylvanian article providing further explanation!

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The Website’s Back! And Other Exciting Updates

We now once again have a functioning website that will be updated on a consistent basis! At least whenever there’s news to share.

More importantly, great things have been happening at Penn this semester. After years of hard work by the LGBT Center, Lambda, and many dedicated individuals, the university expanded transgender health benefits to faculty and staff. Our Chair, Hugh, sent out a personal note in the newsletter after it happened. Check it out!

Hello all -

After years of work by Lambda, the LGBT Center, faculty, and staff, the University has extended trans health benefits to faculty and staff. This is wonderful news for those of us who have been invested in the process, and I want to thank the University as well as the LGBT community as a whole for its commitment to an atmosphere of acceptance and affirmation. A special thanks goes to Victor Galli and Jake Tolan for their dedication to this project.

Hugh Hamilton

Awesome! Another great thing that happened was Penn’s annual LGBT celebration week – QPenn! With the theme of DO ASK, DO TELL, QPenn 2012 featured many wonderful events by our constituent groups, an amazing supplement in the Daily Pennsylvanian, and a fantastic speech by keynote speaker Alan Cumming. He even tweeted about us afterwards!

Alan Cumming's Tweets

Our event being tweeted about by Alan Cumming - very exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The semester may be winding down (and finals are rapidly approaching), but there are still many more events happening on campus, including tonight’s Lambda GBM which will cover IvyQ and QPenn chair elections.

Stay tuned!

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The website is coming along

We are in the process of rebuilding our website. Keep checking back for improvements and more news and resources!

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Welcome back!

The Spring 2012 semester has begun, and we are looking forward to a productive year. We hope everyone had a restful break and is excited to get back into the thick of things. Lambda has a number of projects ahead of it, so make sure to stay tuned for our first general body meeting!

-The 2012 Lambda Exec Board

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