The Campaign for Southern Equality is calling for full equality in every sphere of life for LGBT people across the South. Yet the reality is that LGBT Southerners continue to face discrimination every day. Your gift makes this work possible as we build the movement for equality together. Specifically your donation will go toward:
1) Our LGBT Rights Toolkit.
As we call for rights we must also respond to the urgent need LGBT people have for legal protections under current law. With this in mind, the Campaign for Southern Equality launched a online Toolkit to help 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.
Since 2011, CSE has run more than 25 Community Law Workshops in North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina, led by licensed attorneys. These workshops help LGBT people learn about and protect their rights, helping them take immediate steps like completing health care power of attorney forms or starting the name change process.
2) Growing our Hometown Organizing Project.
CSE trains and empowers local leadership across the South to create awareness about LGBT issues and work for legal rights in their own communities. Our annual LGBT* in the South conference brought together 500 LGBT organizers to coordinate and collaborate on how to win rights in the South.
3) Impact litigation to win LGBT rights across the South.
- Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant struck down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage.
- General Synod of the UCC v. Reisinger is the historic case that won marriage equality in North Carolina.
- Campaign for Southern Equality v. Mississippi Department of Human Services filed in August of 2015 seeks to strike down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex adoption.
4) The WE DO Campaign.
Starting in 2011, hundreds of couples across Southern states applied for marriage licenses as part of WE DO in order to call for their rights. The campaign was covered by USA Today, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and many more outlets.
We told a new story about LGBT life in the South. WATCH:
The Campaign for Southern Equality is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations to the Campaign for Southern Equality are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Checks can be mailed to: Campaign for Southern Equality | P.O. Box 364, Asheville, NC 28802.
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CSE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations to CSE are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Federal Tax Identification number is 27-4064401.