Association for Queer International Students (AQIS)

AQIS (Association for Queer International Students) is Penn's only student group catered for the needs of queer students from global backgrounds. We provide mentorship, plan social events, and promote discussion about international queer issues.The acronym AQIS, phonetically pronounced a-ki, means here in Spanish and to whom in French. The pronunciation is also closely related to the term my brother in Arabic and strange in Mandarin.

Jewish Bisexuals Gays & Lesbians (J-BageL)

J-BageL is a safe space and social support group for Jewish LGBT undergrad and grad students and their allies. Funded by Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, J-BageL has members from Penn and other colleges throughout the Philadelphia area. J-BageL is associated with NUJLS, the National Union of Jewish LGBT Students, a federation of queer Jewish youth.

Lambda Alliance

The Lambda Alliance is the coalition dedicated to the promotion and representation of LGBTQA interests at Penn. By facilitating communication, collaboration, and efficiency among its constituent groups, the wider student and Philadelphia communities, and the University administration, the Lambda Alliance seeks to overcome the barriers facing the LGBTQA student community of today. We represent J-Bagel, Penn Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia, the Queer Christian Fellowship, Queer People of Color, the Queer Student Alliance, Queer Undergraduates in Engineering Science and Technology, and the Wharton Alliance. 

Lambda Grads

Lambda Grads provides opportunities for Penn's graduate and professional students to meet regularly for social and educational activities. It co-sponsors events with several other campus organizations throughout the academic year.

Lambda Law

Open to students, faculty, and staff of the Law School, Lambda Law meets regularly for social events and political activities. Lambda Law works to represent LGBT concerns in academia and in the wider community, organizes forums, and brings speakers to campus. Go to the website to be added to the listserv. Confidentiality is respected.

Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association 

LGVMA provides support for LGBT and allied students of the Vet School, as well as a connection to the US and Canadian LGVMA organization. It provides a forum for information exchange and social interaction with the goal of fostering a professional climate in which our members can achieve their full potential.

Colors Project 

The LGBT Colors Project is a publication that gives quer people of color a voice at the University fo Pennsylvania.  The publication will be the first LGBT publication on Penn's campus as well as the first publication dedicated to the interests of queer people of color in the Ivy League.  The LGBT Colors Project will publish articles, essays, poems, fiction, and interviews to provide visibility and support to the diverse and talented queer students of color at Penn.  Beginning in the fall of 2011, the publication will publish twice an academic year in the fall and spring semesters.

LGBTPM + (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender People in Medicine Plus)
Philadelphia, PA  19104

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender People in Medicine is the name of an active advocacy committee within the national American Medical Student Association. Penn's chapter of the student group voted to add "Plus" to the end of the name to include "allies" (non-LGBT individuals who are supportive) and people who self-identify in other ways and feel a connection to the group's mission. A faculty and staff committee has now formed to work closely with the students and to address additional issues.

Nurses PUSH (Nurses at Penn Understanding Sexuality in Healthcare)

Nurses PUSH is Penn's student organization aimed specifically at promoting quality LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) patient care among nursing students and faculty. By promoting better quality care for LGBTQ patients, we actively challenge our own backgrounds and perceptions and evolve into better providers for all patients regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, age, social or economic background. Click here for more information.

Out for Business (Out4Biz)

Out for Business is Wharton's business association for gays, lesbians and allies. It provides an informal way to meet, socialize, and network with other students, faculty, staff and alumni. Events focus on diversity and include Coming Out Day, the famous annual Rainbow Pub and Wharton 54, company-sponsored gay and lesbian recruiting events, the GLBT MBA conference "Reaching Out" and a career forum with alumni speakers. Gay and straight, out and not-out persons are welcome, with respect for confidentiality for members who request it. For more information, you can e-mail our co-presidents: Ashley Blackmon: or Joseph Scattergood:


OutDesign promotes awareness and fosters a sense of community for the gender and sexual minorities of the School of Design.


OutEd is a student organization that aims to create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for LGBTQQIAPP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous) and allied students, faculty and staff in Penn GSE. We facilitate open and honest dialogue around gender and sexuality issues in education, and provide educational and social programming for all. OutEd hopes to encourage positive social change in GSE and beyond, by promoting our four core tenets of advocacy, academic dialogue, education and community outreach.  Please email and/or like our Facebook page,, to learn more.

Penn BIS

Offering peer education and support PennBIS exists to promote awareness and dialogue around issues relating to nonnormative sexualities, such as pansexual, bisexual, asexual, and fluid orientations. 

Penn Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (PennGALA)

An official Penn alumni organization that sponsors social and educational events for LGBT alumni and also provides support to current students. The group maintains a confidential mailing list and publishes a periodic newsletter, Up and Out. For more information or to get involved in the club's activities, visit

Penn LGBT Staff & Faculty Association

Addresses concerns of Penn's LGBT staff and faculty, sponsors social and informational events, and hold meetings periodically. To be added to the listserv, contact the LGBT Center.

Penn's Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia (PATH)

Penn's Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia, PATH, is a SAC recognized group addressing the mutual concerns of Penn's LGBT and athletic communities. By encouraging a dialogue between the groups, we hope to create a safe environment for athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As a group, wealso provide resources for those in the athletic community who wish to come out, and for heterosexual athletes and coaches to receive accurate information about LGBT issues.

Penn Non-CIS

Penn Non-CIS (Penn Non-Cis) is a group devoted to working for and raising awareness of issues facing non-cis gendered people. We aim to foster an environment open to discussion of these issues.


Penn's first student group dedicated to producing collaborative works of LGBTQ art.

Queer Christian Fellowship (QCF)

Whatever your sexuality or beliefs are, please join us. We love hearing diverse perspectives! We eat dinner together biweekly and discuss topics pertaining to the queer Christian community. Topics in the past have included multiple identities, biblical interpretation, etc. We also plan events such as panel discussions, movie screenings and bible studies. New ideas for topics and events are always welcome.

Queer People of Color (QPOC)

Queer People of Color (QPOC) seeks to address issues that pertain to individuals who identify simultaneously as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) and as the persons of color by providing a social space and general support for them. QPOC also aims to create an environment that encourages the discussion of pertinent issues at Penn and to support queer persons of color throughout Philadelphia. Our events hope to foster awareness about the issues and concerns affecting LGBTQ students of color.


QSP2 is a group created to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) students and allies at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). The group's purpose is to create a safer and more accountable space and to increase education and awareness around issues affecting LGBTQ communities. QSP2 strives to increase visibility of the organization and its goals and values through collaboration with other groups within the University-wide network of LGBTQ organizations at the University of Pennsylvania.

Queer Student Alliance (QSA)

Consisting primarily of undergraduates, QSA provides a supportive environment for continuing members and those new to the community. The group meets regularly and sponsors various social and educational events, including dances. The QSA also contributes to QPenn, a week of events for celebration and LGBT awareness enhancement every spring.

Queer Undergraduates in Engineering, Science, and Technology (QUEST)

QUESTis a group of LGBT and Allied students aimed at raising awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community within engineering and science. It stimulates LGBT community members to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers, scientists, and leaders, to expand the image of engineering and science as positive forces in improving quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity.

Wharton Alliance

The Wharton Alliance is Penn's undergraduate pre-professional organization for LGBT students. We aim to establish an accepting environment for LGBT students in the business world through various programs including mentoring, targeted recruiting and skills workshops.