Celebrate Trans* Pride Week


Jan. 28 - Feb. 1





Making Our Own Trans* Umbrella

Monday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

K.C. Potter Center

Come to the KCPC to help us create our very own version of the Trans* Umbrella. We'll be decorating a large rainbow umbrella with positive affirmations about trans* and gender non-conforming identities.


Trans* Clothes Swap

Collecting until Monday, Jan. 28

  In honor of Trans* Pride Week and Lambda's Winter Clothes Drive, we will be having a Trans* Clothes Swap for the youth of the Just Us program at the Oasis Center as well as Vanderbilt students. Everyone's invited to donate gently used clothes and accessories (jewelry, makeup, binders, etc.) that are no longer needed. Donations can be dropped off at the K.C. Potter Center (312 West Side Row). For directions, contact Petey Peterson at (615) 322-3330.


Lambda General Body Meeting:

LGB But Not Quite the T 

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 8-9 p.m.

K.C. Potter Center

"LGBT" is the current mainstream acronym representing the queer community. All too often the T is mentioned without a space being created for the gender non-conforming. We see legislation, change, and widespread conversations for the LGB, but what's really going on with the T?


Film Screening: transparent 

Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.

K.C. Potter Center

Pink or blue. Male or female. Mommy or daddy. Categories that we all take for granted are broken apart in transparent, a documentary about 19 female-to-male transpeople living in the United States who have given birth and, in all but a few cases, have gone on to raise their biological children. "transparent" focuses on its subjects' lives as parents, revealing the diverse ways in which each person reconciles giving birth and being a biological mother with his masculine identity.


Thank Goodness It's Trans* Friday (TGI-Trans*-F)

Friday, Feb. 1, noon-2 p.m.

K.C. Potter Center

Bring your lunch to the K.C. Potter Center for good company and conversation. Then stay for dessert and make your own Gender-bread person cookie in honor of Trans* Pride Week!







LGBTQI and Ally Undergraduate

Student Leadership Conference

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Vanderbilt University Student Life Center

Undergrads -- join us for Out in Front 2013, the fourth annual leadership conference hosted by LGBTQI Life. Meet peers from across the state to share resources, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQI and Allied student leaders. 


This year's theme is Grow | Organize | Transform: Leadership for Social Change. Out in Front is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate student at a two- or four-year institution.


To register to attend or to volunteer for Out in Front, please fill out the registration form. 

We will also be accepting workshop proposals from students, faculty, and staff this year. If you would like to present a workshop at this year's OUT in Front Conference, please fill out the proposal form. 

Please contact Petey Peterson with any questions: petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu, (615) 322-3330.


Zach Wahls: My Family is as Real as Yours 

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.

Sarratt Cinema


When Zach Wahls testified before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January 2011, he did not expect his speech to receive more than 17 million hits on YouTube. He didn't expect to become a social media sensation. He was simply stepping up and speaking out for his family and what he knew was right. Everyone is welcome to hear Zach tell his story on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. This event is free and open to the public. Visit www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi for more information.



Invite Speak Out Panelists to Present  



Revitalized this year, Speak Out is a speakers bureau initiative through LGBTQI Life that seeks to create dialogue within the Vanderbilt community about issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Panelists of students, faculty, and staff share their personal stories about being LGBTQI or allied during presentations to classes, residence hall communities, or campus organizations and engage in active conversations with audiences about their identities and experiences.  

Get to Know Our Speak Out Panelists

Beginning in this newsletter, we are sharing profiles of the students, faculty, and staff who serve as panelists in Speak Out.  Please see the information below to invite a Speak Out panel to your class, organization, or event.

Gabe Horton is a straight ally  who prefers the pronouns he/him/his.  He is a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, working towards ordination in a mainline Christian denomination.  He graduated from Vanderbilt A&S in 2011, in the midst of the non-discrimination controversy that centered on issues important to his identity as both an ally and a Christian.  He is excited to work with Speak Out to help create meaningful dialogue between people from all perspectives. 

To request a Speak Out panel, please fill out the request form. Once submitted, an LGBTQI Life staff member will contact you to confirm the Speak Out program.  For more information, please contact Petey Peterson: petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu, (615) 322-3330.


Register for a Safe Zone Workshop

Tuesday, February 5th, 9am-12pm

Wednesday, April 10th, 1:30-4:30pm


Join LGBTQI Life this semester for Safe Zone LGBTQI ally workshops that cover a variety of skills and techniques around interpersonal communication, creating welcoming environments, and working with LGBTQI students, faculty, and staff.


Register now!


The Safe Zone program aims to create a visible network of support for LGBTQI individuals by providing an avenue through which any member of the Vanderbilt Community can identify themselves as an ally. By placing the Safe Zone symbol on your doors or showing the symbol to others, Safe Zone members signify that issues around sexual orientation and gender may be discussed openly and without hesitation.  Free and open to anyone affiliated with Vanderbilt. 

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