First 100 Days: Rapid Response in the LGBTQ South

This is a critical time to mobilize politically to oppose laws or policies that restrict civil rights – from LGBTQ issues to racial justice to immigration. The current political climate is also compounding the disparities facing LGBTQ Southerners –  whether it’s hate-related violence, health outcomes, legal protections, or income disparity.

In December 2016, the Campaign for Southern Equality launched a Rapid Response Initiative in respond to these realities.

Direct Services

  • If you experience discrimination or an act of violence, you can report it here and our team will respond to offer support and resources.
  • Our team offers an ongoing series of free Pop Up Clinics focused on immediate steps LGBTQ Southerners can take to protect their legal rights and health. Topics include name changes, adoption and navigating your transition. So far, our team has run 14 clinics across the South since December and will be scheduling more soon. Click here for updates.
  • Through our Digital LGBTQ Rights Toolkit, we offer information about how to protect your rights and receive immediate help when you need it. We also host an online mapping system that tracks hate-related incidents.
  • Our Rapid Response Legal Team includes lawyers, paralegals and interpreters who stand ready to respond to civil rights violations. Contact legalteam@southernequality.org.

Organizing

Throughout the first 100 days of the new administration, our team will organize to resist regressive policies that target LGBTQ Southerners and the communities we stand in alliance with, including those fighting for racial justice, immigration rights and economic justice. Join us – from turning out for the Women’s March on Asheville to hosting a phone bank to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, to our new #DefyHB2 campaign.

Want to get involved? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for action alerts, or contact aaron@southernequality.org or crystal@southernequality.org.

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