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 Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students. Groups meet on campus and are peer and staff-facilitated.
For more information regarding the specific affinity groups that are offered or if you would like to help start an Affinity Group, contact LGBTQI Life Program Coordinator Rob Nelson (they/them) at 615-322-3330, or stop by the Office of LGBTQI Life located in the K.C. Potter Center.
Continuum (offered by the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center)
Continuum is a process-oriented therapy group for students wishing to give and receive support around sexual identity and/or gender identity. Individuals interested in this group may identify as LGBTQ2S+ or may choose not to subscribe to any particular label or category. Continuum provides a safe, confidential, and affirming environment to discuss identity, community, self-esteem, intimate relationships, family & friendships, and other issues of relevance. The group is also open to other topics, such as depression and anxiety, that may not be related to one’s sexual identity or gender identity. Please contact the UCC (615-322-2571) for more information.
Nashville Transgender Organizations
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 who identify 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.
Follow T-Vals on Twitter or Facebook.
Middle Tennessee Trans Men Support Group
Middle Tennessee Trans Men is an FTM support group based in Nashville which meets in a private location open to everyone in the FTM spectrum. This includes (but is 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, etc. We welcome and encourage significant others as well as supportive family and friends! This group meets at 5:00pm on the second Saturday of the month for the transition meeting and afterward meets concurrently with the T-Vals, a group for all trans people. Contact Middle Tennessee Trans Men with additional questions or for more information on current events.