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June 1, 2020

Today is the first day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2020, and it is hard to celebrate.  We knew it would look different thanks to COVID-19 but never imagined we would be where are as a nation, experiencing yet another avoidable murder of a Black person -- one more in a list too long to recount.  That said, our pride lives through our ongoing struggle for the day when ALL people can be their true selves.

The modern notion of pride is rooted in protest, led by transgender women of color at Compton's Cafeteria and Stonewall Inn who finally could not take it anymore.  Over 50 years later, we must follow their lead and say with great pride that we are not going to take it anymore. To paraphrase President Kennedy, we will not fully be free until all of us are free. 

We stand in pride and solidarity with those fighting for an equitable and just society for all.


As we near the end of a pride month like no other, we are recommitting ourselves to pride via solidarity with those working toward equity of all, but especially our Black siblings.  That said, we still like to have fun and thank the amazing Penn Band for inviting us to collaborate on a celebratory pride month video. Enjoy!




The Center's building is closed until further notice.  That said, we are operating virtually, so do not hesitate to reach out for support via email (Erin and/or Malik).  Please take care of yourselves.


Our virtual office hours (EDT) are:

Erin - Mondays 4-5p and Thursdays 10-11a via BlueJeans

Malik - Tuesdays 11a-noon & Fridays 2-3p via BlueJeans


Please stay tuned for more updates here, in our weekly newsletter ('join our mailing list' button is on the right), and on our social media. We are working on creating asynchronous events and activities for those in different time zones as well.



UPCOMING EVENTS (EDT):

LGBTQ+ Student Kiki

--> Every Wednesday @ 3p via BlueJeans

Hop on with other LGBTQ+ Penn grad/professional students and undergrads to chat and connect with hosts Malik and Erin.  Share random info, get support, and/or just have community where you can be your full self.  You never know what may arise!

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Penn LGBTQ+ Staff/Faculty Tea Time

--> Every Friday @ 1p via BlueJeans -- no meeting on July 3 in honor of the 4th of July holiday

Connect with Penn LGBTQ+ staff and faculty to check-in, share resiliency strategies, and more. During these times, it is important to know you are not alone. We're here for you and hope you all can be here for each other as well!  Grab your beverage of choice and join us.


LGBTQ+ TIPS VIDEO SERIES

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Penn are excited to debut "LGBTQ+ Tips" a video series addressing timely issues affecting our LGBTQ+ communities. Topics include supporting yourself through quarantine, self-care during turbulent times, embracing your identity amid COVID-19, and so much more. Although not a replacement for counseling, the videos provide general tips to manage LGBTQ+ life in these unprecedented times. Tune in and be sure be on the lookout for more episodes!

Introduction

Supporting Yourself and Others through Quarantine




Welcome to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, one of the oldest and most active LGBTQ+ campus centers in the country. The Center is a home away from home for the University of Pennsylvania's queer and transgender communities for over 35 years. Whether you are questioning your gender identity or sexuality, in the process of coming out, proudly identify as LGBTQ+, or an ally, the Center welcomes you. We serve as a social and political hub for the LGBTQ+ campus community by hosting almost 30 undergraduate and graduate student organizations, as well as offering peer mentorships, tons of space to study and socialize, and a calendar full of events.

At the LGBT Center you'll find: a colorful lounge furnished with plush couches and a wide-screen TV; a multi-purpose room complete with a kitchen; a library and study space stocked with hundreds of queer books; and a CyberCenter where, yes, you can print for free - as long as you bring your own paper/purchase paper/use recycled paper and limit yourself to 25 pages per day.

In addition an offering a community social space, our staff also advocate on behalf of Penn's LGBTQ+ community for sensitive and inclusive University policies and practices. If you or someone you know feels they have been harassed or discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are here to help. Staff members are available to provide confidential assistance regarding these matters as well as sexual assault or harassment as we are one of nine confidential campus reporting centers. We are all committed to serving the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Pennsylvania.


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The LGBT Center humbly and respectfully acknowledges we are on Lenapehoking, the ancestral home of the Unami Lenape.


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