LGBT Rights Toolkit

The hostile climate that persists in many parts of the South means LGBT individuals and families must take extra steps to access legal protections and LGBT-friendly resources and services.

Through our LGBT Rights Toolkit, CSE provides Pop-Up Clinics, support services and an online toolkit (, all with a goal of helping LGBT people in the South (1) know and protect your rights under current laws and (2) access LGBT-friendly legal, advocacy and health information and services.

CSE’s online toolkit is designed to help LGBT Southerners – especially those in the rural South – do just this. 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.

CSE’s ongoing series of free Pop Up Clinics provide legal education and services, health and wellness services, and resources to help LGBT people live healthy, thriving lives. Since launching in 2011, the Campaign for Southern Equality has reached thousands of LGBT Southerners with these free clinics. Through our Toolkit, we also offer training and continuing education opportunities for service providers who work with the LGBT community.

(Individuals complete Health Care Power of Attorney documents at Charlotte Pride.)

Volunteer attorneys meet with community members to complete Health Care Power of Attorney documents at Charlotte Pride.

DISCLAIMER: The LGBT Rights Toolkit only contains legal information and should not be interpreted as legal advice, nor should it be used in place of legal assistance. CSE recommends that any person with a question about the law or how it applies to them should contact an attorney. CSE is currently growing its referral list of LGBT-Friendly Attorney Referral List across the South. If you are an LGBT-friendly attorney based in the South and would like to be added to our referral list, please contact our Legal Team Coordinator, Meghann Burke, at