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UCLA Lambda (LGBTQ) Alumni Association


The UCLA Lambda Alumni Association sustains a network of LGBTQ+ alumni and friends to support one an other, UCLA students, and the greater LGBTQ+ community.

To accomplish our mission, we have three strategic pillars:

  • Social and Professional Networking. Connecting UCLA LGBTQ+ alumni and community members to meet and support one another socially and professionally.
  • Student Support. Creating avenues for UCLA LGBTQ+ alumni to support – through advocacy, mentorship, events, and financially – incoming and current UCLA students who identify as LGBTQ+, are interested in LGBTQ+ scholarship, or are committed LGBTQ+ activists.
  • External Community Outreach. Playing an active role in LGBTQ + activism beyond the UCLA campus – in Los Angeles, across California, and beyond.

Our Name

Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet and was first chosen as a symbol for the LGBTQ movement when it was adopted in 1970 by the New York Gay Activists Alliance, symbolizing a growing movement of gay liberation. In 1974, the lambda was subsequently adopted by the International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland. From there, the lambda became internationally popular. The meaning and logic behind the symbol are highly debated among activists and historians.


Formally established in 1989 by Doug Walters and Corinne Lightweaver, the UCLA Lambda Alumni Association is one of the oldest and most well-established LGBTQ alumni organizations in the country. Alongside a storied history of LGBTQ activism, UCLA is also home to the first-ever LGBTQ college publication.

Help Select Lambda’s Continuing Student Scholars in Winter Quarter

Volunteers are sought to help select the Winter 2019 Lambda Continuing Student Scholars. Applications from both undergraduates and, for the first time, graduate students will vie for $1,000 scholarship made possible by a generous grant from the UCLA Alumni Association.

Any current student at UCLA is eligible for the scholarship. Volunteers are needed to read the online applications the weekend of February 16-18. Interviews will be conducted on campus on March 3. Volunteers must participate in reading and scoring online applications to be eligible to conduct interviews on March 3.

The Lambda Continuing Student Scholarship is one of the longest running LGBTQ scholarships given by an alumni association. These scholarships were first given on May 30, 1992. Below is a picture from the June-July 1992 Lambdan Newsletter. Inaugural scholars Pei-Chi Chang has stay active and participated in a program to honor Lambda Scholars in 2016.

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Lambda Alumni Association 3rd Annual Legendary Drag Bingo Fundraiser

Dec. 16
8 p.m.

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