January 27, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

IN THE COMMUNITY: UCLA Lambda LGBTQ Alumni Association’s Gala Brunch

On Sunday, April 28th with over 100 attendees registered, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Lambda LGBTQ Alumni Association (Lambda) held its Annual Gala Brunch to recognize Lambda alumni’s accomplishments, raise scholarship funds for deserving UCLA students, and recognize alumni who have gone on to become prominent community leaders.  The gala brunch was spearheaded by Lambda Board Member and Gala Chair Bobby Rimas and the program was emceed by Lambda Co-Presidents Kaya Foster and Devon Dickau. The event took place in the garden of the UCLA James West Alumni Center where attendees enjoyed mimosas and a fabulous brunch with tables strewn with sunflower and rose centerpieces.

The Lambda Alumna of the Year, Sheila Kuehl, and Young Alumna of the Year, Natasha Case, presented moving and inspiring speeches to the crowd that demonstrated their individual resilience to move forward with their fascinating careers.

UCLA Lambda Alumni Association Board Members Harold Sarmiento and Bobby Rimas

Alumna of the Year Sheila Kuehl ‘62 – Before her service on the Board, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kuehl served 8 years in the California State Senate and 6 years in the California State Assembly.  She was the first women in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California legislature.


UCLA Lambda LGBTQ Alumna of the Year Sheila Kuehl accepting her award with an inspiring speech at the Lambda Gala Brunch in front of over 100 attendees.  Before her service on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kuehl served 8 years in the California State Senate and 6 years in the California State Assembly.  She was the first women in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California legislature.

Young Aluma of the Year Natasha Case ‘08 – founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller after she worked in architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering.  They launched their architecturally-inspired unique ice cream sandwich company at the Coachella Music Festival and have been featured in many national publications, television shows, and radio such as Cosmo, Bon Appetit, Barefoot Contessa, and National Public Radio.

After the awards presentation, Lambda scholarship recipients Camille Serrano and James Cabrera spoke to the audience regarding their touching experiences, overcoming various adversities, and the importance of Lambda scholarships.

From Left to right:
Lambda Board Member & Gala Chair Bobby Rimas, Alumna of the Year & Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and Lambda Co-Presidents Kaya Foster and Devon Dickau.

Last but not least, Lambda Co-President Devon Dickau and Lambda Board Member Clinton O’Grady did an excellent job of doing an “ask for donations” and managed to raise over $12,000 in less than 20 minutes for deserving UCLA students.

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 United States.  The UCLA Lambda Alumni Association sustains a network of LGBTQ+ alumni and friends to support one another, UCLA students, and the greater LGBTQ+ community through social and professional networking, student support, and external community engagement.  For future UCLA Lambda LGBTQ Alumni Association events, please contact    lambda@alumni.ucla.edu.

Related Posts

True Blood Getting A Reboot- E.P.I.C Pride Show, January 27th, 2021

January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. *True Blood Getting A Reboot *John...

L.A. Queer Woman Being Deported From Bali

January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

Former Los Angeles resident and graphic designer Kristen Antoinette Gray is being deported from Bali over her viral tweets that...

WeHo To Commemorate Roe V. Wade Anniversary

January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

The City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board will join with the National Council of Jewish Women, Los...

Iconic Talk Show Host Larry King, An LGBTQ Ally, Dies At 87

January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021

Larry King, the iconic talk show host and LGBTQ ally died on Saturday Jan. 23rd.  A statement was posted on...

FBI Investigating Blast At Anti-Gay Church

January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021

An El Monte church that had been threatened this month with an arson attack over its condemnation of same-sex marriages...

Gay Man From Huntington Beach Stormed Capitol Now “In Fear Of His Life”

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

32-year-old Kristopher Dreww a gay hairdresser from Huntington Beach was one of many who rioted the Capitol Building on Jan....

Sarah McBride Now Highest Ranking Trans Official – E.P.I.C Pride Show, January, 20th, 2021

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. *Sarah McBride Now Highest Ranking Trans...

Missing Compton Trans-man

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

UPDATE: Luckie Alexander Fuller has been found as on Jan. 19th, 2021. Luckie Alexander Fuller, a local Los Angeles transman...

WeHo Will Commemorate MLK Jr. Day With Virtual Donation Drive

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

In January 2021, the City of West Hollywood will continue its tradition of joining hundreds of communities across the country...

The Pride Poet’s Corner “Some Super Contextual New Year’s Resolutions” By: Brian Sonia-Wallace

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

Some Super Contextual New Year’s Resolutions By: Brian Sonia-Wallace a Don’t wash the dishes. Don’t go for a walk. Wear...

WeHo Renaming The West Hollywood Library

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

The City Council of the City of West Hollywood approved an item to submit a request to rename the West...

LA LGBT Center Receives $100K Grant

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation to support the...

Oil Can Harry’s Studio City’s Gay Country Bar Closes

January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

Oil Can Harry’s, the iconic and beloved gay country western line dancing bar, located in Studio City, is closed for...

LA LGBT Center Administers First COVID-19 Vaccines

January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

The first of 400 doses received by the Center were dispensed by Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at...

2021 WeHo Artist Grant Recipients

January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

The City of West Hollywood has announced three $5,000 grant awards, totaling $15,000, for three resident artists for its 2021...