Celebrate LGBTQI History Month

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LGBTQI History Month is a time to come together, reflect, celebrate, and educate. We are excited to be observing LGBTQI History Month throughout October with many of our campus and community 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 us.

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October 2

Marriage Equality, Bostock, and the Future of LGBT Rights: A Conversation with Bill Eskridge & Abby Rubenfeld
12:00 PM | Hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program, outLaw, the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab, and the Vanderbilt Office of LGBTQI Life 
William Eskridge and Abby Rubenfeld will discuss the marriage equality movement in Tennessee, lessons from the marriage equality movement for LGBTQ rights going forward, and the Supreme Court’s landmark Bostock decision. They will also discuss Professor Eskridge’s new book on the marriage equality movement, Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws (with Christopher Riano). The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jessica Clarke.

Anchor Link | Registration for Non-Vanderbilt Attendees

October 5

Dinner with Dean Gresalfi for LGBTQI+ First Years
7:00 PM | Wyatt Lawn Dining Tent
Please join Dean Gresalfi for an evening of good food and even better conversations. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach! Spots are limited so register early on Anchorlink in order to attend.

Anchor Link

October 8

International Lesbian Day
All Day | LGBTQI Life Social Media
A day to celebrate lesbians! On this day we will highlight lesbians on social media. In partnership with the Student Center for Social Justice & Inclusion and because this falls in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be specifically highlighting Latinx lesbians.

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

October 9

Out & Proud Photo Shoot for National Coming Out Day
All Day | K.C. Potter
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. This year we are excited to hold a photo shoot to highlight members of our community.

We understand the complexity of being out and know that is not an option for everyone. With that in mind, if you are unable to be out but would still like to participate we can hold a private photo shoot for you. You will also have the option to not have your photos shown on our social media accounts.

If you are unable to make the photo shoot, stay tuned for digital opportunities.

Sign up

October 9-11

Nashville Black Pride
The Nashville Black Pride Board and Planning Team will be hosting an abbreviated celebration to commemorate their 18th anniversary the weekend of October 9th-11th, 2020. Our theme this year, “United Flow” will allow us an opportunity to focus on our primary programs that we’ve done throughout the years.


October 14

On the Menu – LGBTQI Life
12:00 PM | Online | Hosted by the BCC
In this month’s On the Menu, Jay will cover positive representations of LGBTQ+ people in the media. So often we are bombarded with negative images of LGBT people and we never get to see the positive parts of their lives. During this hour long conversation Jay will focus on positive Black LGBTQ+ representation across media, including podcasts, movies and tv shows. RSVP required.

RSVP link coming soon

October 16

Are You Complicit? Moving From Ally to Accomplice: A Workshop on Racism & Allyship in the LGBTQ+ Community 
3:00 PM- 4:30 PM| Online | Facilitated by Cecilia Olusola Tribble, MTS,
Cultural Educator and and Racial Equity Coach &
Lyndsey Godwin, MDiv,
Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Anchor Link coming soon

October 17

International Pronouns Day
International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

October 20

LGBT History Movie Night

8:00 PM | Online| Hosted by the Vanderbilt Lambda Association
Stay tuned for information about the movie and how to access it

October 23

Information Aversion and Celebrity Exposure: The Effect of ‘Magic’ Johnson on AIDS Diagnoses in the U.S.
11:00 AM | Online| Hosted by the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab

Josh Martin, a Graduate Researcher and Instructor at West Virginia University in the Department of Economics, will present his paper on the impact of Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis on HIV testing and diagnoses among straight, gay, and bi men.


October 24

Film Screening: Circumstance
6:00 PM | Online| 

We are hosting a virtual screening of Circumstance. This screening is in partnership with the Student Center for Social Justice & Inclusion and the Asian Student Association to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Sign up to get the zoom link on Anchor Link.

Anchor Link coming soon

October 25-31

Asexual Awareness Week
Ace Week (founded as Asexual Awareness Week in 2010) is an annual event that puts asexuality in the spotlight. Part celebration of the progress we’ve made as a community, and part campaign for greater understanding and acceptance of asexual-spectrum identities, Ace Week is a time to focus on all things ace*.

October 26

Intersex Awareness Day
Intersex Awareness Day on October 26 marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. Morgan Holmes and Max Beck of Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) were joined by allies from Transexual Menace and other organizations. It took place on October 26, 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts outside a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Documentary Screening: Stories of Intersex & Faith
7:00 PM | Online | In collaboration with Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School; Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School; Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab; Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Stories of Intersex & Faith tells the extraordinary stories of five intersex people, allowing viewers to experience what it feels like to be invisible in our culture and subject to abuse and shame simply for being born different. These stories illuminate unique perspectives which are particularly timely for a culture conflicted by questions about sex, gender and religious faith.

After the film there will be a talk back with a co-director and producers of the film.

Register to view the film here: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8MwwdDKGT0iFusGVfxvdWA

October 27

The Women’s Center Kitchen Table Series: Transphobia in Feminism
5:00 PM | Online | Hosted by Women’s Center
Recently, there has been much discussion online about transphobia, specifically about trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). This program will cover the microaggressions and subtle ways that women-centered, feminist efforts can perpetuate or be complicit in transphobia, while answering “how can we fight misogyny while validating and uplifting gender non-conforming and nonbinary people?”


October 29

P.R.I.D.E. Training
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Online | 

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.

By participating in the P.R.I.D.E. Training, participants show their support for people of all genders and sexualities and commit to developing allyship skills through the following actions:

  1. Engaging in ongoing education about gender, sexuality, and intersecting identities.
  2. Continuously working to recognize oppression, privilege, and the ways they impact marginalized communities.
  3. Providing referrals, support, or resources on and off campus as necessary.
  4. Fostering an equitable environment for people of all genders and sexualities, inclusive of their intersecting identities.


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