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We are thrilled to announce that we are holding two convenings this fall to bring together grassroots leaders in the Deep South – October 9 in Hattiesburg, MS and November 14 in Birmingham, AL.

At these one-day convenings, CSE – along with local partners including The Spectrum Center in Hattiesburg and AIDS Alabama in Birmingham – will host workshops, trainings, and conversations about critical topics for LGBT* Southerners, like the continued push for full legal equality and access to quality healthcare.

In April, we brought together nearly 500 LGBT* activists from across the region at the 2nd annual LGBT* in the South Conference. We hope that these satellite convenings will keep building connections between local LGBT* organizers doing vital groundwork to fight for equality in the South.

Click here to RSVP.


Hundreds gather for second annual LGBT* in the South conference

We were thrilled to have 500 activists and organizers from across 17 states join us in Asheville!

“When you have change happening for women, for people of color, for LGBT people and their allies, that’s permanent, that stays,” said Mandy Carter the keynote speaker at the conference, who helped co-found Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition.

The conference combined 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 from the conference.

Yall means all

“The South is such a beautiful place but other outsiders see us as behind the times and we’re not. And we don’t need to move, we just need the movement,” said Z. Zaldivar, a participant in the conference.

Click here to read reporting by the Asheville Citizen-Times on the conference.

Our hearts are full and our spirits high after two days of connecting and asking hard, critical questions about the path ahead. As we build this movement for justice and equality across the South, it’s so critical to take time to gather and learn from each other.

– Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and the whole CSE Team

And a huge thank you to our conference sponsors!

The conference is a project of the Campaign for Southern Equality.

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.