News and updates …

Less than two weeks left to register!


Hundreds of folks have already registered for the 2016 LGBT* in the South conference! If you haven’t registered yet, do it now!

The registration deadline – February 21 – is fast approaching, and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to gather with 500 other organizers, community members, and service providers from across the South.

We’ve kept registration costs as low as possible, and we’ve already committed scholarship support to over 100 people. Click here or the “Register” tab up top now to join us in March!

Announcing the Keynote for the 2016 Conference!

We’re so excited to announce our keynote for the 2016 LGBT* in the South conference – a panel on criminal justice and LGBTQ issues featuring an amazing lineup of leaders.

Urvashi Vaid of The Vaid Group, Shaena Johnson from BreakOUT!, and Nayely Perez-Huerta of the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN) will share the stage for a keynote panel moderated by facilitator Craig White. Together, they’ll offer analysis, policy recommendations, stories, and lessons learned from organizing and lived experience.

At a vital time in our national conversation about criminal justice reform, this keynote plenary will bring this issue home to the South and the lives of LGBT* Southerners. Panelists will discuss policy recommendations to address discriminatory practices for LGBT* prisoners and immigrants in detention; decriminalize HIV; and prevent youth and adults from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Stay tuned for bios from our panelists, and don’t forget to register today to secure your space at the conference!

2016 Conference Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 LGBT* in the South conference taking place March 18-20 in Asheville, North Carolina!

The registration fee ranges from $20 to $250 depending on whether you’re a student, non-profit professional, organizer or an attorney.

“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 2015 conference.


Workshops will cover emerging LGBT* issues in the South as well as provide training and support to LGBT* Southern grassroots leaders and to practitioners across disciplines who serve the LGBT* community.

Check out a preview of workshops that will be offered at the 2016 conference.

For those who call the South home, we know that real change can’t wait. Let’s build a better South together. We can’t wait to see you in March!

The annual LGBT* in the South conference is a project of the Campaign for Southern Equality  and is planned in partnership with a conference Advisory Committee representative of the diverse Southern LGBT* community.


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!

Mandy Carter was the keynote speaker at the 2015 conference. She helped co-found Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition.



“When you have change happening for women, for people of color, for LGBT people and their allies, that’s permanent, that stays,” – Mandy Carter.

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.

Yall means all

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.