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LGBTQI Life E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]


May Newsletter




5/4 Lavender Graduation Ceremony and Celebration

Lavender Graduation | Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Wichita State UniversityWe look forward to seeing out LGBTQIA+ and allied community at this year’s Lavender Graduation on Thursday, May 4th from 5-7pm at CES.

VU @ Nashville PRIDE 2023

80+ Inclusive Pride Flag Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock | Trans inclusive pride flag, New inclusive pride flag, All inclusive pride flagInterested in walking in this year’s Nashville PRIDE Parade on Saturday, June 24? Sign-up here or at http://vu.edu/pride2023. Email Katja.Tetzlaff@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

Summer P.R.I.D.E. and Straight Facts Trainings

This summer, our 3-hour P.R.I.D.E. and 1-hour Straight Facts trainings will be offered by request only. Please submit a request or contact katja.tetzlaff@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

5/22/-6/23 KCPC Closed for Renovations

Temporarily Closed Great Design For Any Purposes China Coronavirus Quarantine Warning Attention Sign Vector Stock Illustration Stock Illustration - Download Image Now - iStockThe K.C. Potter Center will be closed from May 23 through June 23 for building renovations. Please contact the Office of LGBTQI Life at lgbtqi@vanderbilt.edu during that time. 

Reserve KCPC

KC Potter Center – The Vanderbilt HustlerInterested in hosting an event at the K.C. Potter Center? Reserve the KCPC here.


VU & Nashville Queer History

Love Notes | Nashville Queer History | SubstackNashville Queer History founder and Metadata Librarian at Vanderbilt University, Sarah Calise, was awarded one of the Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grants for the project “Queer Commodores: Uncovering the LGBTQ+ History of Vanderbilt University.” Find out more about Nashville Queer History online and through a driving tour of the city!

LGBTQI Life Programming Survey

What do you need from us? Complete our short 3-minute survey to provide input on our LGBTQI Life events and programming.



The Inclusive Connector

Inclusive Connector

To learn about news, events, and happenings related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, sign up for the Inclusive Connector. Please sign up here.

Survey: VU+ VUMC Menstrual Products Initiative

Menstrual Products by Sarah Moreau on DribbbleA Vanderbilt medical student is working on a VU/VUMC campus initiative advocating for inclusive, gender-neutral language. Specifically, trying to change the signs on restroom waste bins from their current “Place feminine products here” and visuals of a stick figure in a dress, to a more inclusive label of “Place menstrual products here” with gender-neutral visuals. Please provide feedback about this initiative here.

Vanderbilt’s PRISM Queer Students of Color in STEM (QSOC-STEM) paid research study

PRISM (Power, Resistance & Identity in STEM Education) research lab is recruiting for a paid research opportunity. Undergraduate Black, Latinx, and Asian LGBTQ+ students pursuing STEM majors at Vanderbilt can express their interest as a participant by going the recruitment form. Student participants will be paid $20/hour in online Amazon gift cards.


Get tickets now for Nashville PRIDE Festival and Parade

80+ Inclusive Pride Flag Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock | Trans inclusive pride flag, New inclusive pride flag, All inclusive pride flagThe 2023 Nashville PRIDE Festival and Parade takes place on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Find out more and get tickets at https://www.nashvillepride.org/

Research Study: Effects of Trans-specific Legislation on Mental Health

Researchers at California State University Northridge (CSUN) are conducting a research project on mental health effects, minority stress, and resiliency among transgender adults, as related to the amount of anti-transgender or trans-affirmative state legislation in their home state. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. This survey is anonymous and no identifying information is collected. Participants who qualify and complete the survey will be asked if they would like to be entered anonymously to win 1 of 100 $20.00 e-gift cards to Target or Amazon. Questions? Contact the researchers via email provided on the flier.


Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

This group is a place for employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group, known as the Glammadores, will host regular meetings aimed at providing resources for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies, including social networking, meetups, guest speakers, support navigating workplace interactions and more. For more information or to join, contact Linzie Treadway or Derek Nido

Atzmi Affinity Group

Our Undergraduate Communities | Vanderbilt Hillel

Atzmi is Hillel’s community for LGBTQ+ Jews and Allies. With programming ranging from Jewish learnings on gender identity to drag race watch parties, Atzmi provides space for all our ‘Dores to engage in topics of identity, sexuality, love, and relationships through Jewish texts and perspectives. Connect here.

Bi/Pan/Fluid Affinity Group

A blue square with dark blue tiled edges and a purple rectangle in the upper right corner features the words The Bi/Pan/Fluid affinity group provides a supportive and brave space for people who want to explore bi/pan/fluid or otherwise non-straight/non-heterosexual identities and experiences. Join us for conversation, exploration, and fun! Connect here.

BlackOut Affinity Group

BlackOut is an affinity group that facilitates the coming together of black LGBTQIA+ members of the Vanderbilt community in order to provide support and share space and experiences. BlackOut is co-sponsored by The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Connect here.

Queer & Asian Affinity Group

Q and A Queer and Asian Affinity Group logoThe Queer and Asian (Q&A) affinity group provides space for students who are LGBTQIA2S+ and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander. Join us for resources, conversation, and fun! Connect here.

Willow Affinity Group

WilWillow provides an affirming, open space for women, women-aligned people, and lesbians attracted to other women, women-aligned people, and lesbians to discuss their experiences, share resources, and find a focused, supportive community where their identities are centered. Join us for meetings, movie nights, and more! Connect here.

Plurality Affinity Group

Plurality provides a brave space for LGBTQIA+ people who identify with or are practicing polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. Plurality delves into the history, representations, and skills involved with polyamory and consensual non-monogamy. Join us for resources and discussions! Connect here.

Transgender, GenderQueer, Questioning

TGQ is an affinity group that provides space to discuss the continuum of gender identity and expression, particularly for students who identify across the Trans spectrum, as well as those questioning. Join us for conversation, community, fun, and resources! Connect here.

Ace/Aro Affinity Group

The Ace/Aro affinity group provides a supportive space for people who identify on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrums to discuss their experiences as it relates to navigating both queer and heteronormative spaces. Connect here.

LatinQ Affinity Group

The LatinQ affinity group is an opportunity for people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and are Latin American to share resources, build community, and discuss the intersections of all their identities. Connect here.


Nonbinary Affinity Group

The Nonbinary affinity group is an opportunity for people who identify as nonbinary/outside of the gender binary to build community, share resources, and discuss the intersections of all their identities. Connect here.


*Interested in joining a group or being a facilitator? Fill out this form.

Interested in reserving the KCPC for a meeting or event? Complete your request here.


Book a P.R.I.D.E. or Straight Facts Training

Your whole office, classroom or unit can book a 1-hour Straight Facts workshop and/or 3-hour P.R.I.D.E training.

LGBTQI Life Google Calendar

Check out our Google Calendar for all events, drop-in services, etc.

New Discord Server

Request to join our new Discord Server for events, games, movie nights, and more.

LGBTQI Life AnchorLink

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Newsletter Online

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VRS Pride Meetings

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 12pm – 1pm

LGBTQI-identified people in recovery or currently struggling with habits that are ultimately detrimental to one’s wellbeing are invited to Vanderbilt Recovery Support group meetings at the Center for Student Wellbeing.

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