Support & Community
Resources for Vanderbilt Students
Affinity groups are an opportunity for Vanderbilt students to come together around a shared identity and/or interest they hold. Affinity groups provide an affirming and brave space for individuals to discuss their needs, challenges, and successes. These groups are free and open to all Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students. Groups meet on campus and are peer and staff facilitated.
Nashville organizations for Trans* identified folks:
Tennessee Vals (T-Vals)-
The Tennessee Vals is a non-political, educational, social, and support organization founded and designed to educate and support persons regarding transgender issues, without prejudice, regarding sexual orientation, sexual identity, or gender identity. The Tennessee Vals helps educate and support those dealing with personal issues and concerns related to sexual identity and/or gender identity, both by those defined as transgender and those in relationships with transgender persons.
The Tennessee Vals also serves the interests of the transgender community in the Nashville area in educating the public and promoting a positive public image about transgender persons.
Tennessee T-Men is a FTM & SO support group based in Nashville which meets in a private location open to everyone in the FTM spectrum.
This includes (but not limited to): pre-op, post-op, mid-transition, people who are curious, questioning, not wanting to transition, out of the closet, in the closet, and etc. We welcome and encourage significant others as well as supportive family and friends!
T-Men meet at 5:00pm on the second Saturday of the month for the transition meeting and afterwards we meet concurrently with the T-Vals, a group for all trans people.