Meet: Eliana, SAS ’16

Lambda will feature brief interviews with some cool people from Penn’s queer community. Read below to find out how they get involved on and off campus and what they do to relax amidst the energy of Penn.

Here we speak to Eliana, Chair of PATH and a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

1. What activities do you participate in at Penn?

In addition to running on Penn’s Varsity Track and Field Team, I am the Executive Director of Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia (PATH), Penn’s LGBTQ+ athlete advocacy and affinity group. I also serve as the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group of Varsity athletes working to make Penn Athletics a better organization overall. You’ll find me at Lambda Alliance meetings, J-Bagel Events, and working towards my degree in Health and Societies.

2. Describe your Penn queer experience.

Eliana, pictured left.

I immediately found a wonderful group of LGBTQ+ people in the class of 2016 who were passionate about queer activism, Penn, and learning. The sheer amount of undergraduate (and graduate) queer groups at Penn helped me understand how diverse our LGBTQ+ population is. At the start of my first semester, upperclassmen helped us meet new people and get involved with group leadership right off the bat. I have grown to be more comfortable and proud of my identity since starting at Penn and I attribute that to great friends and the open-mindedness of our campus and city.

3. What’s the best coffee on campus?

Oof. I am that person who has made it halfway through college without drinking a single cup of coffee. But my favorite burrito is the chicken and sweet potato burrito at Honest Tom’s. Homemade guacamole and twelve kinds of hot sauce.

4. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? When I’m not traveling with my team to competitions, I love the free music scene Philly has to offer, especially in the late summer and early fall. There are a ton of concert venues here right next to great food and views.

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Meet: Stephen, SEAS ’15

As school starts back up again, Lambda will feature brief interviews with some cool people from Penn’s queer community. Read below to find out how they get involved on and off campus and what they do to relax amidst the energy of Penn.

Here, we speak with Stephen, a rising senior in the Engineering school.

1. What activities do you participate in at Penn?

Queer People of Color, Philly AIDS Thrift, Engineers Without Borders, Carriage Senior Society, Hexagon Senior Society, Sphinx Senior Society

2. Describe your Penn queer experience.

Stephen, in stylish white overalls from his job at Philly AIDS Thrift.

I’d be lying if I said my Penn queer experience started when I got to Penn. It started way before when I had visited during previews. Straight up// it took three and a half minutes on Locust to be swept up and taken in by the QPOC mothas. It took another three and a half months over the summer and into my first semester to realize the queer community was large enough to keep me hype, but could never truly meet all of my expectations. And it’s taken three and half years to see that there are people at Penn, in and out of the queer community, who damn well try to transcend those expectations and create spaces for those who need them.

Still, my queer experience is hardly limited to Penn and it would be reductive to dismiss the opportunities Philly has to offer the queer scene, especially 4 people of color and other marginalized homies. Penn’s cultural houses work with each other to offer intersectional students support and encouragement for collaboration. Because of that I’ve never had to subscribe to any sort of “gay experience” at Penn. Penn is getting queerer with each incoming class (thank you bbs) and that’s only going to create more challenging spaces and make the old ones more engaging.

3.What’s the best coffee on campus?

Earth Cup. They have a lovely seating situation outside that’s ideal for sipping local roasts and throwing local shade.

4. What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends?

You can probably find me off of South Street at Philly AIDS Thrift on weekends digging through piles of vintage and other stuff. South Street is a kitschy part of the city, complete with metal heads, eccentric grannies, and oversized pizza. I mean, there’s nothing better.

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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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