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LGBT* in the South conference

UPDATE: The conference is now sold out – we are thrilled to have 500 activists and organizers joining us in Asheville!

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.

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

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.

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.

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“Religious Freedom” Bill in North Carolina

The N.C. Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation similar to Indiana’s so-called “religious freedom” law, has been introduced in both the North Carolina state House (HB 348) and state Senate (SB550).

“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our country, but discrimination is not. These harmful bills are clearly based on animus and could open the door to discrimination against LGBT people and other groups of individuals. Religious freedoms are already protected by the Constitution and federal law.” – Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality and a minister in the United Church of Christ.

CSE Launches LGBT Rights Toolkit 

The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched a new online LGBT Rights Toolkit ( 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:

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.