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Celebrate LGBTQI History Month!

Posted by on Monday, September 17, 2018 in News & Updates.








LGBTQI History Month is a time to come together, reflect, celebrate, and educate. This year, the K.C. Potter Center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary! We are excited to be observing LGBTQI History Month throughout October with many of our campus partners. Please see our events below, and we hope to see you at many of these events! If you have any questions about any of these events or about LGBTQI History Month, please email or call us at (615)322-3330.


September 24

“Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories” with Gabby Rivera
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema
To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone—people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders—feel at home? With Rivera’s smart, funny talk, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality.

Gabby Rivera is the award-winning author of Juliet Takes a Breath and America, the first Marvel series to feature a queer teen-girl superhero.

Free and open to the public. ASL will be provided for the Keynote only. Persons who need additional accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at 615-343-2644 at least 12 hours in advance of the program.

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Hosted by the Latino and Latina Studies Program, Dean of Students, the Ingram Commons, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of LGBTQI Life

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September 25

Gabby Rivera Meet and Greet
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM | The Wond’ry
Join us at this informal gathering to welcome Gabby Rivera to Vanderbilt University. Enjoy a continental breakfast and the opportunity to chat with award-winning author of Juliet Takes a Breath and America – featuring Marvel’s first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero. Be sure to introduce yourselves to campus partners supporting this program and learn more about diversity efforts on campus.

Please note: Dairy free, gluten free and vegetarian options available. Open to Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff only.

For more information, please visit or email

Hosted by the Latino and Latina Studies Program, Dean of Students, the Ingram Commons, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of LGBTQIA Concerns at the Divinity School

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Gabby Rivera Writers’ Workshop
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | The Wond’ry
Are you interested in developing your writing skills in creative nonfiction? Would you like to learn how to create graphic novels? Sign up today for this informative and developmental Writers’ Workshop featuring Gabby Rivera, award-winning author of Juliet Takes a Breath and America – featuring Marvel’s first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero.

Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. During this 2-hour workshop, Gabby will discuss her background and lead the group through a practical skill development activity.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 12th. Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit to register.

Open to Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff only. For more information, contact Tiffany Terrell at

Hosted by the Latino and Latina Studies Program, Dean of Students, the Ingram Commons, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of LGBTQIA Concerns at the Divinity School

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October 1

Dinner with Interim Dean Melchor-Barz for LGBTQI+ First Years
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Dean’s Residence on the Ingram Commons
Please join Interim Dean Melchor-Barz for an evening of good food and even better conversations. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach! Please fill out this form to be considered for an invitation to this event!

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October 3

P.R.I.D.E. Training with the Office of LGBTQI Life
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Sarratt Student Center, room 189
The P.R.I.D.E. (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) program aims to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Vanderbilt Community can show their support. The training is 3 hours and happens 2-3 times per semester.
By participating in the P.R.I.D.E. Training, participants are showing their support for people of all genders and sexualities and are committing to develop allyship skills through the following actions:
Engaging in ongoing education about gender, sexuality, and intersecting identities.
Continuously working to recognize oppression, privilege, and the ways they impact marginalized communities.

Providing referrals, support, or resources on and off campus as necessary.
Fostering an equitable environment for people of all genders and sexualities, inclusive of their intersecting identities.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the P.R.I.D.E. Program, please contact Assistant Director, Roberta Nelson (They/Them)

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LGBTQI Faculty and Staff Reception
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Alumni Hall Lounge, room 100
A social reception for faculty and staff of the LGBTQI+ community co-hosted by the LGBT Policy Lab, LGBTQI Life, the Office for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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October 6

27th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk
9:00 AM | Public Square Park
The 27th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is a family-friendly event that has raised more than $3 million to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. On October 6, hundreds of supporters will gather in Public Square Park to bring awareness and celebrate all of the great work of Nashville CARES.

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Vandy Arts with a Twist!
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema
It’s that time of year again! Vanderbilt Off-Broadway is proud to announce our annual fall fundraiser for Nashville CARES, Tennessee’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention service organization. Back by popular demand, it’s Vandy Arts With A Twist!
Come on down to Sarratt Cinema at 7 PM on Saturday, October 6 to watch students from your favorite VPAC groups perform songs, scenes, dances, etc. – each with a special twist!
Admission can be purchased for $5 at the door OR through a donation to VOB’s fundraising page for Nashville Cares’ annual AIDS walk. Visit to donate on behalf of our team, join us for the walk on the morning of October 6, and come out to our event later that night!

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October 9

The Forgotten Victims of HIV/AIDS Today
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Buttrick 123
We are so excited to offer this discussion on the ongoing effects of HIV/AIDS on underrepresented and ignored populations, including women and people of color, as well as new research advances. We are bringing three incredible speakers who deal with different dimensions of the illness and its victims. Dr. Robertson Nash will present on his work with the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC), where he serves as an HIV/primary care clinician and also as the Director of the PATHways Program. Dr. Briana Furch will be Skyping in from Zambia. She is the recipient of a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, and she is spending her fellowship year at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Larry Frampton will also be joining us from Nashville Cares where he serves as Director of Public Policy. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1989 and has been an active advocate/activist fighting for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in many capacities over the years. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Policy Committee of Nashville’s End the Epidemic Plan, which is being led by Nashville Mayor David Briley’s office. Please join us for this critical conversation. Coffee and cookies will be provided. This event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies



October 10

Lambda’s 24th Annual Drag Show
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Student Life Center Ballroom
Lambda’s Annual Drag Show is bringing the sugar, spice, and everything nice this October! Take a journey into Candyland with our headlining performers, and come together with Vanderbilt’s undergraduate LGBTQ organization to celebrate what it means to be yourself, unapologetically. A time-honored tradition, drag shows carry a decades-long legacy of self-expression, affirmation, and diversity. Engage with kings, queens, and other drag royalty, learn more about the organizations benefiting Nashville and Vanderbilt’s LGBTQ communities, and pick up a free T-shirt while you’re at it! All proceeds will be donated to the Oasis Center’s JustUs program, which provides resources, education, and shelter to homeless and underprivileged LGBTQ youth. This event is a great opportunity to engage with community organizations as well as experiencing a staple in LGBTQ subculture for yourself! Meet the performers begins at 6:30 PM and the drag show starts at 8 PM!

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October 11

National Coming Out Day
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Rand Patio (Rand Lounge is rain location)
National Coming Out Day gives us a chance to celebrate those that have been able to come out and to support those that have not come out or are unable to come out. Join the Office of LGBTQI Life for the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day!

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October 12

Reunion Reception and Open House for LGBTQI+ Alumni
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | K.C. Potter Center – West Side Row
Join current and past LGBTQI+ Students at the K.C. Potter Center in a celebration of queer history on and off campus and to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the K.C. Potter Center!

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Nashville Black Pride
This year’s theme “Pushing with Purpose” showcases efforts to affirm, mobilize and build a healthy community of Same Gender Loving (SGL) people.



October 16

The History of QTPOC and Hip Hop
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Auditorium
Join us for lunch and an interactive journey through a museum of musical genres as we explore the Queer and Transgender roots of Hip Hop. We will be enjoying works by artists like Josephine Baker, Big Freeda, Syd Tha Kid, and many others. This event is sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, The Vanderblt Lambda Association, and the Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life

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October 23

LGBTQ Medical History lecture with Dr. Katherine Crawford
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | 419 Light Hall
In honor of LGBTQ History Month, we are very pleased to announce that Dr. Katherine Crawford, Director of Vanderbilt University’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, will be delivering a very special lecture on “LGBTQ Medical History” from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in 419 Light Hall.

This event is being co-sponsored by LGBT MD, the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, and the VUMC Office for Diversity Affairs. We will serve pizza for the event. Please RSVP here so we can make sure to have enough food.


IMPACT film series: “Queer and Disabled”, by Annie Elainey
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema
A series of six, short episodes, “Queer and Disabled” features Annie Elainey, a chronically ill, disabled, QWOC, and three queer, disabled friends addressing the intersections of disabilities and sexualities. Episode topics include “Misconceptions about the sexualities of disabled people”, “Representations of queer disabled folks affecting perceptions in real life, and “Dating Dos and Don’ts”.
Following the episodes, we will have a discussion led by the Office for Inclusive Excellence and campus partners.

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October 24

10 Year Anniversary of the K.C. Potter Center
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | K.C. Potter Center – West Side Row
Join us to celebrate ten years of the K.C. Potter Center at Vanderbilt! The center houses the Office of LGBTQI Life and serves as a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. The K.C. Potter Center is named after K.C. Potter, Vanderbilt’s long-serving dean of residential and judicial affairs, who retired after 36 years at the University as a student and administrator.

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Let Your Anchor Down Faculty Dinner Series: “The Elephant in the Room, Substance Abuse in the LGBTQI Community” with Prof. Gilbert Gonzales
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Multicultural Lounge (Sarratt 335)
Let Your Anchor Down is a faculty dialogue program designed to provide space for critical dialogue and self-exploration. This monthly program facilitates the building of network and community amongst Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students through culturally relevant and responsive topics that allow for multiple social identities to interact and intersect with one another. Dinner will be provided, RSVP is required! Space is limited! This event is sponsored by Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, the Center for Student Wellbeing, and LGBTQI Life

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October 25

Project Dialogue: “This I Believe” Series
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
The dinner conversation leader for Thursday, for October 25, from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM at OUCRL is Dr. Chris Purcell, Director of the K.C. Potter Center at Vanderbilt.
Undergrad and grad students are welcome as are faculty and staff. The delicious dinner is free!
This Project Dialogue dinner series title/topic is based on the National Public Radio dialogues on belief. (See

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October 26

“Lessons from the Vulva” with Dr. Christine Labuski
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Buttrick 123
Dr. Labuski is an assistant professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech University. She is a former nurse practitioner and currently a medical anthropologist who explores how cultural practices and discourses of the body, in particular the gendered body, impact health care and medical practice. Her book, It Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain beautifully captures how the physical and biological are entangled with the cultural and the social. This public lecture will be followed by an informal discussion that is open to all. The public talk will be from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, followed by a reception and career discussion. Sponsored by the Carpenter Program for Religion, Gender & Sexuality, Human & Organizational Development, the LGBT Policy Lab, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Medicine Health & Society, and Women’s & Gender Studies.


October 27

Resistance+Faith+Art: Race and Sexuality Summit
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Park-Johnson Hall, Fisk University
This daylong teach-in will center the wisdom of black and brown people’s experiences of human sexuality and faith through emerging models of activism, art, education, and organizing. Through panel workshops and panel, we will learn together from activists, artists, community educators, ministers, scholars, and each other.
The Resistance+Faith+Art Summit has been developed through the leadership of Carlin Rushing, and is a partnership between Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Kelly Miller Smith Institute in Black Church Studies; the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality; American Baptist College, Fisk University and Tennessee State University. Carlin, working with a team of VDS students and alums, led a process that engaged congregations, community members, and undergrad and graduates students at Fisk, TSU, and Vanderbilt, through listening sessions, one-on-ones and surveys.



November 1

iLens: “Word is Out” screening
7:30 PM | Sarratt Cinema
Presented by Melinda Brown, Librarian for Inclusion Initiatives and for Women’s & Gender Studies; and Roberta Nelson, Assistant Director, Office of LGBTQI Life

USA (1977) Dir: Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein

This documentary about lesbian and gay identities was the first to be made by gay filmmakers. Eye-opening for many viewers at the 1978 release, the interviews with 26 participants about what it was like to be gay helped increase understanding for the burgeoning gay rights movement of the 70s. Help us recreate the only 1978 Nashville showings, which were held at the Underwood Auditorium on Vanderbilt’s campus and co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Gay Rights Association and the Tennessee Gay Coalition for Human Rights. English. 124 mins.

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