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University of Chicago Booth School of Business Gears up for 2012 Pink Party

Next Friday, May 11th, will have students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business seeing pink. That’s the date of the 2012 Pink Party, an annual school-wide social event raising funds to support Booth’s OUTreach (LGBTQ Students and Allies) group.

Tickets for the party, which will include dancing, costumes and a drag contest, went on sale last week as part of OUTreach’s first ever Liquidity Preference Function (LPF), also designed to raise awareness surrounding the LGBTQ community at Booth.

In a recent post to the Booth Insider blog, Associate Director of Admissions Carrie Lydon shared updates about some of OUTreach’s new initiatives this year, including the adoption of a new name. Formerly known as Gays and Lesbians in Business, members wanted a name that would be inclusive of bisexual and transgendered individuals, as well as allies.

The group also circulated an ally pledge, giving allies an opportunity to publicly show their support for the LGBTQ community at Booth and agree to have a rainbow ribbon posted on their locker. More than 230 Booth students signed the pledge. “This subtle but powerful show of support is now visible to all students and visitors who see the locker room,” writes Lydon.

OUTreach members also host a range of recruiting events each fall with top MBA employers designed to help LGBTQ students network with companies and learn more about their diversity initiatives. The group also provides support to prospective students through group and individual lunches for visitors to the campus. The next OUTreach group lunch will be tomorrow, May 4th.

To connect with an OUTreach member, email the group co-chairs, visit the OUTreach website or email Carrie Lydon in admissions.

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