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Town Hall Discussion in Mobile

The Campaign for Southern Equality, Freedom to Marry, Open Table United Church of Christ, Southern Poverty Law Center, LGBT Wave of Hope and Equality Alabama are hosting a town hall event in Mobile to discuss marriage equality in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending ruling on when same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

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Panelists at the Mobile town hall include: Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, plaintiffs in Searcy v. Strange, the lawsuit that struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage; Michelle Wright, LGBT Outreach Advocate, Southern Poverty Law Center; Rev. Ellen Sims, Pastor, Open Table United Church of Christ; Richard Carlbom, Freedom to Marry; Christine Hernandez, lead counsel in Searcy v. Strange; Aaron Sarver, Campaign for Southern Equality.

Event details: May 27, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Open Table United Church of Christ, 151 S. Ann Street, Mobile, Alabama, 36604. 

HUGE thanks to our supporters!

With the help of 117 donors, we raised $5,660 on Give OUT Day! Your gifts fuel our work for equality across the South. Every dollar will directly to support our organizing in Alabama and Mississippi in the coming weeks.

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Southern Equality Fund is coming to Mississippi

Incredible work is happening throughout the South, but too often our community faces the challenge of limited or no funding for these efforts – especially in small towns and rural areas. We’ve launched the Southern Equality Fund to help change that.

Check out the Southern Equality Fund awardees from the 2015 LGBT* in the South conference.

From left to right: Z Zaldivar of Equality NC Foothills and Transgender Allies Group (TAG), Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of CSE, Rev. Debbie Early of People Being Jesus (PBJ), Suzy Guerrero of Henderson Fuerza Activa, Brandon King of The Elite Project, and Joey Lopez of CSE.

From left to right: Z Zaldivar of Equality NC Foothills and Transgender Allies Group (TAG), Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of CSE, Rev. Debbie Early of People Being Jesus (PBJ), Suzy Guerrero of Henderson Fuerza Activa, Brandon King of The Elite Project, and Joey Lopez of CSE.

The new funding cycle will provide four grants of up to $500 to groups and organizations working on the ground in Mississippi.

The Southern Equality Fund provides direct financial support to grassroots LGBT* groups and leaders across the South. Through the fund, we’re elevating LGBT* leadership in the South and supporting vital, grassroots efforts to achieve legal and lived equality across our region.

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!

“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 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.

Check out a full list of the panels and workshops from the conference.

Yall means all

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

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.

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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.