The Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns was organized in 1991 and is dedicated to addressing the issues of homophobia and heterosexism in religious life, society, and the academy. The Office provides a positive, safe environment that affirms the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons. It suggests ways in which the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion can fulfill their commitment to confronting homophobia in our society; it provides educational opportunities for all members of the Divinity School/Graduate Department of Religion community. Membership is open to all Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion students, faculty, and staff who are committed to working toward the goals of the Office. The rights to confidentiality of students, faculty, and staff who participate in the office are honored. The work of the Office is coordinated by a student steering committee.
Gable's Mission is:
To create a "safe space" for the facilitation of conversations to include a diversity of sexualities and gender expressions. To support the GBLTQIA community and their allies in the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion. To provide opportunities for discussion, advocacy, education, and community-building regarding issues that concern the greater GBLTQIA community. To promote an open and affirming environment in classroom settings, academic gatherings, curriculum, and all other VDS related activities. To advance ministries that affirm the gifts and contributions of the GBLTQIA community. And to affirm the sexualities and gender expressions of individuals in our community in a manner that promotes fellowship and gaiety.