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Employee Same-Sex Domestic Partners Benefits at Vanderbilt (Human Resources)
Vanderbilt offers the same benefits (health, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement) access to same-sex domestic partners as it does to opposite-sex spouses of employees. The benefits extended to children of employees are also the same (health, dental, vision, dependent tuition). In the event of a serious medical condition with a same-sex domestic partner or the partner’s child, Vanderbilt has chosen to extend the same protections provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Program ends in 2017: [from the HR Website] Because same-sex marriages are now performed and legal in all U.S. states, married same-sex couples are eligible for the same benefits and tax advantages as other married couples. Vanderbilt will continue to offer unmarried same-sex domestic partners and their children access to Vanderbilt benefit programs, including insurance plans and tuition assistance, in 2016. However, only spouses and natural, step- and adopted children will be eligible in 2017. This updated eligibility also extends to FMLA protection.

Trans Friendly Health Care Coverage
Vanderbilt has opted into both Navitus’ requirements and benefits regarding hormone therapy, and Aetna’s clinical policy regarding Gender Reassignment Surgery. Employees are still subject to requirements outlined by Navitus and/or Aetna for eligibility.

Vanderbilt’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Reporting bias or discrimination
Vanderbilt lists “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in it’s equal opportunity and affirmative action statement. The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department (EAD) is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment and related retaliation within Vanderbilt University, whether the complaints originate internally or externally.

VU Medical Center
VUMC has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). VUMC is one of only four hospitals in Tennessee with such a distinction. The Program for LGBTI Health within the Office for Diversity in Medical education provides training at the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and numerous departments in relation to LGBTI medical concerns.

Talk it out: to get connected to LGBTQI faculty/staff already working at Vanderbilt, email Chris Purcell, Director of LGBTQI Life, who can try to connect you to an out employee already here at Vanderbilt.

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Faculty/Staff Monthly Newsletter
Join our monthly newsletter to get relevant updates from the Office of LGBTQI Life. LGBTQI speakers, films, and events that are open to faculty/staff are featured regularly.

Faculty/Staff Happy Hours
Faculty/staff LGBTQI & Ally happy hours occur monthly during the year for informal chat and conversation. Join our email list to get updates as to the dates/location of these gatherings.

Nashville Resources
Visit our Nashville Resources page to learn about LGBTQI resources in the Music City. Social, professional, support, and activist opportunities are featured.

Be the Change.

Teaching Beyond the Binary in the University Classrooms
A guide from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching on including issues of gender identity into the classroom, as well as how to set up affirming classroom environments for all students.

Speak OUT
Speak OUT, LGBTQI Life’s Speakers Bureau, is an initiative that seeks to create dialogue within the Vanderbilt community about issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Panelists of students share their personal stories about being LGBTQI or allied during presentations to classes, residence hall communities, campus organizations, university departments, or any other campus spaces and engage in active conversations with audiences about their identities and experiences. To bring a Speak OUT panel to your class, residence hall, organization, or department, please visit our website to fill out the Speak OUT request form.

Straight Facts about LGBTQI Life
Straight Facts is a dynamic and flexible program that allows the initiator to custom-fit their needs to the needs of your audience. This is a great hour to hour and a half program to bring to a class, residence hall, or student organization to learn more about the LGBTQI community and gender & sexuality. To bring a Straight Facts about LGBTQI Life presentation to your class, residence hall, organization, or department, please visit our website to fill out the Straight Facts about LGBTQI Life request form.

P.R.I.D.E. Training
The Safe Zone workshop is a three hour workshop that encourages students, faculty, and staff to explore their personal identities, cultural identities, privilege, and what it means to be an LGBTQI Ally. After attending this workshop you have the choice to take a PRIDE placard. By placing the PRIDE placard on doors or showing the symbol to others, PRIDE members signify they are willing to engage with and learn more about LGBTQI issues. PRIDE is a program for those who are actively willing to be allies, and therefore shouldn’t be seen as compulsory. Sign up here.