Hundreds gather for second annual LGBT* in the South conference
We were thrilled to have 500 activists and organizers from across 17 states join us in Asheville!
The conference combined workshops to build organizing skills, facilitated discussions about topics impacting LGBT* Southerners, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions for attorneys on topics of LGBT* law.
“When you have change happening for women, for people of color, for LGBT people and their allies, that’s permanent, that stays,” said Mandy Carter the keynote speaker at the conference, who helped co-found Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition.
“The South is such a beautiful place but other outsiders see us as behind the times and we’re not. And we don’t need to move, we just need the movement,” said Z. Zaldivar, a participant in the conference.
Our hearts are full and our spirits high after two days of connecting and asking hard, critical questions about the path ahead. As we build this movement for justice and equality across the South, it’s so critical to take time to gather and learn from each other.
- Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and the whole CSE Team
And a huge thank you to our conference sponsors!
CSE Launches LGBT Rights Toolkit
The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched a new online LGBT Rights Toolkit (www.lgbtrightstoolkit.org) in order to address the urgent legal needs of LGBT Southerners – especially those is small towns and rural areas – understand and protect their rights.
The Toolkit consists of Health Care Power of Attorney forms for every Southern state, LGBT-friendly attorney and physician lists, links to legal and mental health resources, and Name and Gender Change Guides. It also provides current information about changes in state and federal law against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing legal landscape.
This online toolkit is designed to help LGBT Southerners – especially those in small towns and rural areas – understand and protect their rights.
A report about the Toolkit is available at: http://bit.ly/1zaDQxt
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Campaign for Southern Equality is a non-profit organization that advocates for the full equality of LGBT individuals and families across the South.