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LGBT Alumni Network

LGBT Alumni Network

Who we are

The CWRU Pride Alumni Network fosters connections with the LGBT alumni community through events, networking opportunities and other special activities while supporting university initiatives for current LGBT students at CWRU. CWRU Pride welcomes all CWRU alumni and friends interested in supporting excellence in education, and building pride and community.

If you are interested in joining this network, please email

The CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award

This award fund has been developed for the improvement, growth and support of an LGBT inclusive environment by the LGBT Alumni and supporters of Case Western Reserve University.

The purpose of the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award is to provide recognition or enable financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are working to make impactful actions and advance the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland community, or nationally through scholarship, research or leadership activities. Learn more.


Alumni and Friends enjoyed "Cosmos for Case" at the Alumni House this year to raise funds for the Ohio Leadership Award.

2015 Award Winner

Lilith Freed
Lilith Freed (CWR '18) LGBT Award Winner 2015

Lilith Freed (CWR '18) recently won Case Western Reserve University Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award, sponsored by The Alumni Association of CWRU.

The award was based on Freed's advocation for, and leadership within, the LGBT community at CWRU. The funds awarded to Freed by the CWRU Pride Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Ohio Leadership Award Selection Committee will enable them, and other students, to attend the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC), hosted by Purdue University in Indiana.

While serving in various leadership roles with Spectrum, the LGBTA student group at CWRU, Lilith has increased the number of educational and activist opportunities, and helped to make the organization more visible on campus. Their goal is that those who are given the opportunity to attend the MBLBTACC will be inspired and motivated to step up into a position of leadership, and continue to steer the campus community towards progress.

Jonathon Wanta

Jonathon Wanta

Jonathon Wanta (CWR'14), a first year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, was awarded $1,200 by the CWRU Pride Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Ohio Leadership Scholarship Selection Committee to facilitate his summer study of post-surgical outcomes in female to male transition for double mastectomy.

The award was based off of Wanta's advocation for the LGBT community in health care, specifically in a surgical subspecialty, and his involvement with the MetroHealth PRIDE Clinic. 

In collaboration with doctors at the PRIDE Clinic, Wanta will evaluate long-term psychological effects and patient satisfaction in transgender patients who undergo chest reconstruction. Wanta's goal is that the results of his study will affect change in health care and insurance for transgender individuals.


Paul Cheng

Paul Cheng

Paul Cheng, a second year medical student at CWRU School of Medicine and PhD candidate, is one of two winners of the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award, sponsored by The Alumni Association. Cheng is also president and founder of QGrad, the LGBT student group for graduate and professional students on campus. 

Cheng's award was granted based on his role as a campus leader on LGBT initiatives, as well as his promotion of diversity and visibility for LGBT students. He plans to use the funds of the award to evaluate how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender-nonconforming medical students perceive the inclusiveness of their medical school environments. 

Cheng intends to present the findings of this study at the 2015 Gay and Lesbian Medical Association National Conference. The award will go toward covering the cost of participation, data collection tools and other conference costs. 

The goal of Cheng's research is to yield findings that can be presented to admissions and student affairs committees to help meet the needs of LGBT students. 


LGBT Life on Campus

CWRU LGBT PrideCase Western Reserve University consistently ranks as one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the country, regularly scoring high marks on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index and in The Advocate's College Guide.  In 2013, CWRU was ranked by the Huffington Post as one of the top 25 LGBT friendly colleges in the country.
In honor of Dan Savage—journalist and creator of the "It Gets Better" project—visiting campus in November, CWRU students created their own "It Gets Better" video.
To learn more about the LGBT Center on campus, please visit the website.

University Lavender League: Washington DC

University Lavender League: Washington DC

University Lavender LeagueCWRU is proud to be a founding member of the University Lavender League in Washington DC. Formed in early 2014, the Lavender League is comprised of LGBT alumni networks from the following universities: Chicago, Duke, NYU, Stanford, UCLA and UC-Berkley.

Next event:
Summer Rooftop Happy Hour
Wednesday, July 27
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: University of Chicago DC Office - 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

Join the University Lavender League for our 3rd annual summer rooftop happy hour! Have fun catching up with friends and alumni while enjoying expansive views of Washington, DC, sipping cocktails, and snacking on small bites. Please RSVP as we need your name on the list at the front desk to get up to the roof! More information & registration >

The University Lavender League hosts regular events in the DC area. 
Want to be added to the list? Contact Chris Hook at

Upcoming Events

We look forward to seeing you at the next CWRU Pride event!

CWRU Pride Dessert Reception
Saturday, October 10, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm
Join us for delightful desserts and an evening of conversation with fellow LGBT alumni and friends.

Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH

Attire: Casual

Connect with CWRU Pride

Join the network to get invitations to LGBT alumni events throughout the year and learn about network initiatives. Contact us at or connect with us on Facebook.

Check out event photos here.