Hometown Organizing Project

Grassroots LGBTQ leaders will play a defining role in the next chapter of the Southern equality movement, as we strive to achieve full equality in every sphere of life and promote lived equality in every town. Through the Hometown Organizing Project, CSE empowers local LGBTQ leaders to do this work. We support these leaders with trainings, funding, leadership coaching, and other tools as they engage in advocacy, service and visibility projects. Check out our current HOP initiatives:

Southern Equality Fund: CSE launched this fund in 2015 to support the leadership of LGBTQ Southerners doing vital work on the frontlines of our region. We provide direct financial support, leadership development, and trainings to grassroots organizers and groups promoting legal and lived equality across the South. Learn more and apply now!

“The LGBT South” Newsletter:  “The LGBT South” is a weekly email newsletter that highlights political and policy developments in the South as well as the voices and experiences of LGBTQ people living in the South. This newsletter is helpful for journalists, public officials, movement leaders and supporters to stay updated on important topics related to our community. Sign up here.

LGBTSouth Convenings: CSE hosts convenings of Southern LGBTQ organizers working in the same communities or around similar issues to build stronger networks and share strategies and resources. Past convenings have taken place in Hattiesburg, MS, Birmingham, AL, and Greenville, SC.

LGBT* in the South Conference: From 2014 to 2016, we hosted this annual conference which convened hundreds of organizers, community members and service providers from across the South to share strategies and organizing models, learn together, and create new networks and community. We are not hosting a conference in 2017 and are instead focused on growing  the Southern Equality Fund, which directs resources into local Southern organizing efforts.

Coalition Building: CSE is proud to work alongside other social justice organizations and movements to promote equality, dignity and safety for all people. We are currently part of: the Moral Monday Movement, led by the North Carolina NAACP; a new Sanctuary Movement in Asheville, NC; Faith4Justice in Asheville; and a network of Living Wage Employers led by Just Economics of Western NC.

Speaking: Our team loves the chance to be out in the community talking about equality and, schedule permitting, we are available to speak at schools, churches and community groups.  Email us at info@southernequality.org if you’re interested.