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Equipping Grassroots Leaders, Embracing Intersections, and Empowering Collaborationasheville

The 2015 LGBT* in the South conference will take place in Asheville, North Carolina on April 17 & 18.

At this critical time for the equality movement in the South, the conference will connect and educate Southern organizers and local practitioners to better serve the LGBT* community. The core themes of this year’s conference are intersectionality and collaboration.

Conference registration is now open!

The conference will combine 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.

We are honored to have Mandy Carter, a dynamic Southern leader and long-time activist in the civil rights and LGBT movements, as our keynote speaker.

Check out a sneak peek of workshops at the 2015 conference.

5th Circuit Hears Mississippi Marriage Equality Case

On January 9, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, the federal lawsuit that struck down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, as well as the De Leon and Robicheaux cases from Texas and Louisiana, respectively.

Lead Attorney Roberta Kaplan speaks at a press conference following oral arguments in the appeal of the Mississippi marriage equality case. She's hopeful that the Fifth Circuit will "grant equal protection" to LGBT families in Mississippi.

(Lead Attorney Roberta Kaplan speaks at a press conference following oral arguments in the appeal of the Mississippi marriage equality case.)

Chris Geidner reports that the 5th Circuit appears ready to strike down bans in the Deep South:

After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider the issue.

If the court upholds the lower court decisions striking down the Mississippi and Texas bans and reverses the trial court decision upholding Louisiana’s ban, it could have the effect of bringing marriage equality to three Deep South states — and it could come before the Supreme Court acts on pending marriage cases.

You can listen to the audio of the hearings here.

Campaign for Southern Equality’s Year in Review

What a year for LGBT rights across the South! Follow the link for a few highlights from 2014.

LGBT groups rally at capitol in Jackson

(Constance Gordon speaks at a rally for LGBT rights on the steps of the Capitol in Jackson.)

And WATCH our #DayOneNC recap video: