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History Month 2022

October is LGBTQI history month, recognized both nationally and at Vanderbilt as a time of reflection, celebration, and education. In recognition of the month, the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life, in collaboration with multiple campus and community partners, has developed a calendar of events for LGBTQI History Month with a focus on digital advocacy and activism, including educational programs, community events, film screenings, panels, workshops and trainings. Check out this page or view our poster below to find out more about these and other events around Nashville!

Saturday, Oct 1

Organized to raise awareness and financial support for ending the HIV epidemic, the 31st Annual Nashville AIDS Walk by Nashville Cares is Tennessee’s oldest continuously running HIV/AIDS fundraiser and advocacy event. The 2022 Nashville AIDS Walk takes place at One Public Square from 8:00am-2:00pm. Register, donate, or support a team or fundraiser here. Vanderbilt Lambda Association, our undergraduate LGBTQI+ student group, will sponsor a check-point to cheer on walkers.

Monday, oct 3

We invite the VU community to stop by the K.C. Potter Center from 12:00-2:00pm to celebrate the start of the month! Contribute to a sidewalk chalk mural, enjoy food inside and games outside, take Polaroids with friends and get registered to vote with Vandy Votes and Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote for November elections as well as pick-up collectable buttons from events and other swag giveaways throughout the month.



Stick around to hear from Michigan Senator Mallory McMorrow about her viral response later in the day from 5:00 – 6:00pm, an event in collaboration with the Carpenter Center, Religious Studies, LGBTQ Policy Lab, GSS, Divinity, and Office of LGBTQI Life.



Tuesday, Oct 4

In partnership with Project Safe, the Margaret Cuningimm Women Center’s Vandy Sex Ed, and the University Counseling Center, we are hosting a panel and discussion around Dating Apps & Digital Consent: A Conversation About Safety and Sex Online with a focus on LGBTQI topics from 5:30-7:30 in Buttrick Hall 101. Sexual health supplies will be available. Gourmet cookies and other refreshments will be provided.


Nashville Queer History LogoJoin Nashville Queer History founder, Sarah Calise, in an Open House informational session about the origins of the NQH project and upcoming volunteer opportunities at the Green Hills Branch Library from 6:00-7:30pm. There will also be a discussion period where attendees can share ideas for future NQH projects. This meeting is especially important for anyone wanting to volunteer. A separate Zoom version of this open house will take place in October, specific date and time TBD.

Wednesday, OCt 5

As part of the Banned Book Initiative, October’s Reading Group on “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews is facilitated by the Vanderbilt Libraries. Sign up for the reading group by Oct. 5 or contact for more info.


Also on October 5th, join Hillel in a text study on the Leviticus texts that are often used as a basis for homophobia on Yom Kippur beginning at 2:30pm in the Hillel Lounge.

Thursday, Oct 6

The first of a two-part event, the Wiki-edit-a-thon Kick-Off hybrid event will be held from 5:30-7:00pm. With the help of experts and librarians, students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn about democratizing online sites of knowledge, such as Wikipedia, by contributing content related to LGBTQI+ histories. Student teams, located in-person at Peabody and the KCPC and virtually online, will have access to historical and informational materials from the K.C. Potter Center and the libraries in order to update or create Wikipedia pages. Dinner provided.

outLaw - Anchor LinkStudents, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a workshop titled “OutLaw Workshop: Gender-Inclusive Language in the Law School Class (and Beyond)” on using gender-inclusive language from 12:30-1:30pm in Vanderbilt Law School’s Moore Room. Participants will unpack gendered biases encoded in language, learn best practices around pronouns and other terminology relating to sexuality and gender identity, and develop practical skills for inclusive communication.

This workshop will be led by Jack Crawford (she/her) who is a Lecturer in the History of Art & Architecture at Vanderbilt and a trained facilitator. As an academic, she teaches primarily twentieth-century art and writes on strategies of queer performance in the postwar period. She has also worked as a training coordinator and staff supervisor at the California-based youth performing arts program Camp Winnarainbow, for which she has conducted similar inclusive language workshops for staff working with LGBTQ+ youth.

Open to the public. Lunch served. RSVP here.

Friday, Oct 7

In conjunction with the Alumni Reunion, the KCPC will host a reception and feature LGBTQI Vandy Alumn through videos, pictures, and mini-bios on the TV in the lounge from 4:00-5:00pm. Alcoholic beverages and other refreshments provided. Alumni wishing to be featured can submit information here.



Tuesday, Oct 11


To celebrate National Coming Out day, we invite all to stop by Library Lawn from 12:30-4:00pm to enjoy a puppy petting party, cartoon caricatures, button-making, pictures taken by a local queer photographer, and more. Students can pick up this year’s swag items, including socks, rainbow notebooks, and more. Nashville LaunchPad is running a donation drive for paper-based supplies and coats and items can be dropped off at their table on Library Lawn.

Olivia Julianna, a queer Mexican-American activist from Southeast Texas and political media strategist for Gen-Z for Change, will deliver our keynote address. If you have questions for Olivia, submit them here.

At the Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Courtyard beginning at 5:00pm will be a “Love in Color” rock painting event where the VU community is invited to stop by and paint rocks with inspiring messages. These rocks will be hid around campus for folks to find when they need it most.



Saturday, Oct 15

In collaboration with Nashville Sites, Nashville Queer History, and Vanderbilt’s Center for Digital Humanities, Digital Commons, and LGBTQI Life, the greater Nashville community is celebrating it’s first Community Digitization Day. From 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Digital Humanities Center (1101 19th Ave S.), we invite all to stop by to learn more about the project, take a look at the digital archive, scan your own items into the archive, or schedule an oral history sharing of your own story about Nashville’s LGBTQ history! Participants wanting to get material scanned please fill out this form before October 15.


Sunday, Oct 16

The 34th Annual Southern Festival of Books takes place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library Auditorium (615 Church St.) Dr. Stephanie Mahnke will be moderating an LGBTQIA+ literature panel at this year’s Festival with authors Lydia Conklin (Rainbow, Rainbow: Stories) Z. Zane McNeill (Y’all Means All: The Emerging Voices Queering Appalachia) and Casey Parks (Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery).


Tuesday, Oct 18

As part of the For the Culture workshop series with VU and Fisk, Black LGBTQI students, faculty, and staff are invited to join this event from 6:00-8:00pm at the KCPC (2304E Vanderbilt Place.)





A panel on Queer Existence in Historically Straight Spaces featuring Nashville attorneys centered on the experiences of queer people in historically straight spaces will take place from 12:30-1:30pm in Vanderbilt Law School’s Hyatt Room. How has being out in the profession changed over time and what can students expect as they enter the profession. Students will have the opportunity to contribute questions. RSVP here.

Wednesday, Oct 19

October is also Filipino American History Month (FAHM) and the 2022 theme is Celebrating Our History and Legacies. This year marks several anniversaries in Filipino American history, such as 50 Years of Filipino American Studies, 40 Years of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and 30 years of Filipino American History Month. At the intersection of FAHM and LGBTQI History Month, queer documentarian James Beni Wilson will screen his documentary Binitay: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee and participate in a panel discussion about what it means to be a queer, Filipino, trans-racial adoptee from 6:00-9:00pm at Sarratt Cinema.

Additionally, October 19th is Pronoun Day. Stop by our center to pick up your new pronoun pins and tell us why pronouns matter to you by writing a note on our whiteboard and/or social media post! In addition to she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/zir, and more, we also have combinations like he/they, ones that say “ask me,” as well as write-in options!

FRiday, OCt 21

For Spirit Day, we ask folks to wear purple to bring awareness to bullying and harassment experienced by LGTBQI+ students.





Saturday, Oct 22

Join community partners on Saturday, October 22 from 9-11am for a celebration of the work of Nashville Launch Pad and their return to a community-based winter shelter for 2022-2023. Find out more about the Biscuits for Beds fundraiser event and information about sponsorships here.




Monday, Oct 24

In collaboration with the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, we will host a spoken word event focused on the theme of resiliency, emceed by the Assistant Director of the BCC, ReChard Peel, starting at 6:00pm at the BCC. We invite students to interpret and perform the theme however they like and other creative outlets beyond poetry are also welcome. Students interested in participating in this event can indicate their interest here.




Tuesday, Oct 25

SUNY Buffalo’s Amatryx Lab will premier their video game Trans Folks Walking, which centers the narratives and experiences of members of the trans community through gameplay. Faculty, staff and students will get a chance to play the game, and learn more about digital storytelling. Students can play the game and join the Digital Storytelling session from 10:00-11:00am and the Game Design discussion from 3:00-4:00pm. Faculty are invited to join the Gamifying Pedagogy session from 12:00-1:00pm.

‘Dores in Dialogue: Economic Cost of Injustice: A conversation on the economic cost of injustice is presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in partnership with the LGBTQIA+ Association of Vanderbilt Alumni (LAVA). This next installment of the ’Dores in Dialogue series will explore how injustice impacts the overall economy as well as individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community. This panel is introduced by LAVA president Bryann DaSilva, BA’12 and moderated by Dr. Steph Mahnke. Panelists include Drs. Kitt Carpenter and Masha Titova. Register here to view the video on 10/25.

All Kinds of Ace was created to be a celebration of ASPEC (Asexual/Aromantic/Agender spectrum) creativity as well as an awareness event for anyone who would like to learn more about our community. The night will double as a single release party for Asexual Advocate and Cinematic Rock artist, PiPEllA, and her new song ‘Life As A Movie’. There will be performances and art by ASPEC and ASPEC-allied artists! Free to the public with food and drinks for purchase. Cafe Coco from 6-9pm.




Also on Tuesday, Sky Campus and Peabody College’s Queering Education and Development (Q.Ed) will host a yoga event and celebration from 4:00-5:00pm on Peabody Lawn. All identities are welcome and encouraged to join. Glitter, flags, light snacks, and water will be provided.





Wednesday, Oct 26

An Intersex Awareness Day panel will be hosted online from 7:00-8:30pm. Experts and members of the intersex community will discuss the experiences of being intersex and how to challenge harmful medical and legal practices and narratives, as well as access resources for support across faith communities.



Thursday, Oct 27

As part of the Wiki-edit-a-thon Wrap-Up, teams who have completed the most edits will be given prizes and a Wikipedia sheet cake will be provided to enjoy!





“Text Study: The Curse of Canaan” : Join Atzmi in a text study of the biblical text about Noah and his son Ham during the week of October 23 — which is the week of reading that story in the yearly Torah cycle beginning at 5:30pm in the Hillel Lounge.



Friday, Oct 28

To acknowledge the importance of self-care during advocacy and activism, we are partnering with the Center for Student Wellbeing and other campus partners to host a Wellness Week Wrap-Up event from 3:00-5:00pm that will include mindfulness activities, massages, and yoga (3:00-4:00pm.)



Celebrate Pride Shabbat with Atzmi and Vanderbilt Hillel! The Shabbat service (5:30) will be Pride themed, with dinner to follow at 6:30pm at Upstairs Hillel.




After dinner, we will have an “Oneg Shabbat” a “Shabbat Celebration” – it will be movie night and cookie decorating. We are planning to watch Rocky Horror since it’s Halloweekend starting at 7:45pm at Upstairs Hillel.




Saturday, Oct 29

The World Bi+ Meetup begins at 3:00am CST/ 4:00am EST/10:00am CEST. Bi+ people everywhere are invited to join either or both meetups on Zoom. They will be using breakout rooms to give folks an opportunity to meet each other in a friendly and free setting. The meeting is in English and is organized by Barbara Oud (Netherlands) and Robyn Ochs (U.S.). Pre-registration is required. Register at



Sunday, Oct 30

In partnership with Wow Nashville, Vandy Vanity is throwing the 2nd largest ball ever in Nashville! With special guests Brooklyn Juicy Mugler, season 3 winner of HBO’s Legendary, and Pandora West, Music City ACC Ball Performance winner, this is not an event you want to miss. Vandy Vanity is very excited to announce that Pandora West will be teaching a vogue class on the Friday before the ball (October 28th) at 7 pm in the SLC Ballroom, and Precious Basquiat will be hosting a commentator class on that Sunday (October 30th) at 5:30 pm. Sign-ups first-come-first-serve basis! Get tickets to the ball here for free using code “Vanity”.



Monday, Oct 31

LGBTQI students are invited to join our Halloween Costume Social to meet other queer and trans students, enjoy refreshments, trick-or-treat along West Side Row, and win a prize for Best Costume. Those unable to attend in person are welcome to join our Discord, an online platform for connecting with friends.




Join OutLaw for a speaking event with Dr. Sara Cross about Stigmatized Medical Rhetoric: Monkeypox and the AIDS Epidemic in Queer Communities. How can we, recognizing the historical patterns of stigmatization in health care against the LGBTQ+ community, most effectively spread awareness of health crises, while avoiding harmful stereotypes and reductionist rhetoric used by officials in the 1980s and early 1990s that continues to present itself?

In this event, students have the opportunity to learn about and explore the parallels that exist between public perception and government reaction to the AIDS epidemic and the monkeypox outbreak; how government action during these outbreaks has furthered stigmatization of the gay community in the public eye. RSVP here.

Sign up to perform in the 28th annual Lambda drag show: Alien Superstar! This show is based on Beyonce’s latest album, Renaissance, so songs and performances are encouraged to be from that album, another Beyonce project, or any 70s, 80s, 90s funk, soul, disco, or house song. Performances do not have to be in drag so if that is not something you are comfortable with, you can still perform in this showcase. Student performers will also receive a 100-dollar stipend for costumes or other supplies for their performance. Student performer tips will go to a local charity supporting those with HIV/AIDS in the Nashville area. Sign up today!