Welcome Week & Picnic
Welcome week is our week of events that kicks off the year and welcomes LGBTQI & ally individuals to campus either as first year students or back from the summer. It’s your chance to connect to others and see what the community has to offer.
2012: Coming Out Week Video
2013: Welcome Week Schedule
International Celebrate Bisexuality Day
This day, celebrated on our around September 23rd, is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual and otherwise non-monosexual people in their lives.
National Coming Out Week
This week is our extension of National Coming Out Day (October 11th), and provides LGBTQI & Ally individuals a chance to make their identities known. A featured profile speaker and Lambda’s Annual Drag show highlight the week’s worth of events.
2012: Coming Out Week 2012
2013: Laverne Cox | Drag Show
Transgender Day of Remembrance
This day, observed on or around November 20th, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. We partner with several community organizations across middle Tennessee for this event.
2013: TDOR Recap from Out&About Nashville
Out in Front LGBTQI and Ally Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
Students Meet peers from across the state to share resources, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQI and allied student leaders.The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the region in issues relevant to the LGBTQI community and society at large.
Trans* Pride Days
Trans Pride Days are a week’s worth of activities and awareness events to celebrate the spectrum of trans identities. The word “transgender,” or “trans,” is an umbrella term which is often used to describe a wide range of identities and experiences in relation to one’s gender identity.
Ally appreciation is our week to engage allies in the work of LGBTQI Life. Allies are always welcome to our events and programs, but this week especially recognizes their contribution to moving us forward.
Lavender Celebration is a tradition that began in 2008 at Vanderbilt, held in addition to regular commencement activities. Its aim is to celebrate the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied graduating undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. All members of the Vanderbilt community are welcome to attend!
As the dates/times of these events vary each year, please check our calendar for additional information.