The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Penn, one of the oldest and most active programs of its kind in the country, supports Penn lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, alumni, and faculty and increases the general Penn community's understanding and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members. Established in 1982, the Center provides a variety of services throughout the year for and concerning Penn's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
An Advisory Council, composed of Penn students, faculty, alumni, and staff advises Center staff and seeks community input regarding our programs and services. The Advisory Council can be contacted through the Center.
In October 2000, the University announced plans for the nation's first sexual and gender minorities community center in a dedicated, on-campus building. The LGBT Center moved into the restored 19th century Carriage House in summer, 2002.
Penn completed interior demolition of the historic structure in fall 2001, and architect Monty Freeman (GFA'76) designed the entire renovation project. General contracting was coordinated by W. G. Hinmen.
Penn alumni David Goodhand (C'85) and Vincent Griski (W'85) provided an unprecedented $2 million gift to Penn to fund the renovations. The pair announced the gift at a National Coming Out Day rally at Penn in October, 2000. Penn President Judith Rodin (CW'66) and Provost Robert Barchi (Gr'72 M'72 GM'73) both spoke at the rally along with several student leaders.
"We hope our gift encourages other LGBT alumni at Penn and elsewhere to reconnect with their alma maters in meaningful ways," Griski said.