Vanderbilt Celebrates Coming Out Week Oct. 11-18
Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 in Get Involved!.
Every year the LGBTQI Life staff plans and coordinates National Coming Out Week, a week-long celebration of LGBTQI individuals and history. This event helps to show our LGBTQI students, faculty, and staff the acceptance and support that we know is part of our Vanderbilt Community. This year National Coming Out Week is Oct. 11th-Oct. 18th. Our main event this year is our featured speaker Rob Smith. Rob’s speech is entitled Closets, Combat, and Coming Out: A gay Iraq War veteran opens up about homophobia, suicide, serving in the U.S. Army, marriage equality, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQI rights. The event will be on Oct. 11th in the Student Life Center Ballrooms at 7pm. For a full list of events please see below.
- October 11th 12pm-1pm
For Colored Boys reading and discussion with contributor Rob Smith. 12-1pm, Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center. Lunch Served. Free and open to the public.
- October 11th 7-8:30pm
National Coming Out Day Speaker Rob Smith discusses Closets, Combat and Coming Out. Event will be held at the Student Life Center Ballroom. Free and open to the public.
- October 12th 12pm-1:30pm
TGIF-LGBTQI-F Coming Out Party, complete with six-layer rainbow cake. Event will be held at the K.C. Potter Center.
- October 12th 2pm-3pm
LGBTQI Life celebrates Vanderbilt’s Family Weekend with Friends and Family Friday. Invited your loved ones to tour the K.C. Potter Center and meet the LGBTQI Life staff.
- October 15th 7pm-9pm
After Stonewall film screening and discussion, foregrounding LGBT rights history and activism from the 1969 Stonewall Riots through 1999. Event held at Wilson Hall 126.
- October 16th 9am-12pm
Safe Zone LGBTQI Ally Workshop. 9am-12pm, Sarratt Student Center. To register, visit LGBTQI Life online.
- October 18th 8pm-10pm
Keep Calm and Drag On: Vanderbilt Lambda Association’s 18th Annual Drag Show, with headline performance by Latrice Royale of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. 8-10pm, Student Life Center Ballrooms. Free and open to the public.