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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.


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Get Involved


Attend our events and participate in our programs. For a calendar of upcoming events, click here.


To learn about how you be a volunteer, here in Los Angeles, or anywhere around the world, click here.


To find out how you can support our scholarships and fundraising efforts, click here.




Lambda Mentorship Program Focus Group Meeting

May 10
6:30 p.m.

UCLA Lambda Alumni Association will be conducting a roundtable to receive feedback on creating a mentorship program.

Event Location - UCLA, James West Alumni Center

28th Anniversary Sunrise Gala

May 19
11:30 a.m.

Save the Date!

Join the UCLA Lambda Alumni Association to celebrate 28 years of trailblazing support for LGBTQ+ Bruins and the bridging of student-to-alumni networks. In bringing together community members and allies to connect over… Read more.

Event Location - UCLA, James West Alumni Center