The LGBTQ+ movement has witnessed wins that an earlier generation would have thought impossible: from the legalization of same-sex marriage to a U.S. President acknowledging LGBT rights in his inaugural address to the nation. However, as the struggle for legal equality of LGBTQ+ people in the United States continues to advance, the movement faces a series of questions about the future.
The centerpiece of the Nashville LGBTQ Community Visioning Project is focused on creating a dialogue to develop a collective vision for the future of the community.
The assessment will gather data using three collection modules–focus groups, one on one interviews, and online surveys over the next three months–to understand five simple questions:
1. Where are we now?
2. Where are we going?
3. Where do we want to be?
4. How do we get there?
5. Are we getting here?
Your opinion matters. Feedback from all segments of the Nashville LGBTQ community is vital to understanding the needs of the whole community.
The conversations that take place will be completed over three different phases:
1. World Cafe Community Conversations
2. LGBTQ Small Group Conversations
3. Public Survey
Our goal for this project is to hear from 2000 members of our diverse community to share their thoughts for the future of LGBTQ+ Nashville.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope to answer your questions below, but should you have other questions not listed here please email us through the contact form.
What is the Community Visioning Project?
Simply put, community visioning is a process that gives residents, business owners, local institutions, and other stakeholders the opportunity to express ideas about the future of their community. For this specific study, we are focused on learning as much as we can about the LGBTQ+ community in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Who can participate in the Community Visioning Project?
Margaret Wheatley is quoted as saying, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” So in our minds, the answer to the question is simple. Everyone who identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum including our allies in the quest for equal rights and justice are invited to participate.
What is a World Cafe?
Thanks for asking! The Community Visioning Project is taking place over the distinct phases over the next three months. (May 2019 – July 2019). Phase 1 will feature two World Cafe conversations with about 50-60 members of our community. The first event is an invitation-only conversation and the second event will be open to the public. Each of these conversations will have a diverse attendance structure to ensure representation from all members of the LGBTQ+ community are present. We will be following a New Oregon Model of questioning and visioning.
How long does this project last?
The Community Visioning Project will be completed over the course of three months from May 2019 through July 2019 with the option for a one-month extension. It is our anticipation that reporting will be presented to the Nashville Pride Board of Directors by September 2019.
How can I get involved?
There are multiple ways for you to get involved. You can volunteer to participate at one of our upcoming conversations, volunteer to be a conversation host, or help with our analysis work in the late Summer. Contact us if you have other ideas.
How is this being funded?
Nashville Pride was the recipient of a restricted donation to complete this work over the course of this year to learn from the community at large.
Who is going to receive the data collected?
The data collected during the Community Visioning Project will be used to create a Community Visioning Report that will be shared with the Nashville Pride Board of Directors. The information will help guide future decisions for the organization and help the organization work to fulfill its’ mission of connecting communities, celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and our rich history. Other LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations that serve the Middle Tennessee community will be able to formally request access to the report through the Nashville Pride Board of Directors. A summary report from the project will be made available to the general public in the fall of 2019.
I am concerned about privacy in these conversations. How is this kept safe?
Our conversations across all phases of this project are going to run with a focus on privacy in mind. We are not going to utilize names or photos of attendees without written permission. Data collected at these events will be collected, summarized and aggregated for reporting and will not identify any one person individually. Reporting from each event will also be stored on an encrypted server with the latest security features offered to ensure privacy for all participants.
I have an accessibility concern.
We are dedicated to ensuring that voices from all community members are heard in a safe space. Please note that some space for these meetings are donated by community members and organizations. We will make every opportunity available to our guests to ensure access.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Our World Cafe conversations are wheelchair accessible. We expect that most Kitchen Table Conversations will be wheelchair accessible.
PARKING/TRANSPORTATION: There is limited free street parking and paid parking at all meeting locations. We will provide clear instructions on all event listings.
GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS: We will make efforts to ensure gender-neutral restrooms at our events, but due to some space requirements that may not be possible. We will provide these details on specific listings.
LANGUAGE: There will be a specific Spanish and ASL translation kitchen table talk. If there is another specific request, please contact us.
SCENT: We cannot guarantee the space will be scent-free.
PHOTOS / FLASH: Photography / Video may be taken with the permission and notification of attendees. This information will be used for data collection only and not shared in a public format unless specifically requested and approved by the subject. We do not expect to use Flash Photography.
CHILDCARE: There will not be childcare provided for these events. Select Kitchen Table conversations will take place in homes of community members and childcare might be an option. Please contact us in advance.
If you have any questions or require any assistance, please feel free to message us and we will be happy to assist.
LGBTQ Cabinet Conversations
The stakeholders involved in this project cannot do this alone. We need the support of the community to come together and help us engage your friends, family, professional contacts and acquaintances in this critical conversation to help determine the future needs of our LGBTQ+ community in Middle Tennessee.