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Trump Administration Targets LGBTQ People
The Campaign for Southern Equality opposes President Trump’s reckless announcement about banning transgender people from serving in the military.
Of course, early morning tweets from the President don’t automatically rewrite Department of Defense policy. An estimated 15,000 trans folks are currently serving in the military and we applaud the bravery of those who are speaking out to oppose this directive from Trump.
What is abundantly clear is that, from the White House to the DOJ, the Trump Administration is making LGBTQ people a target, just as they have other minority communities. We are more committed than ever to fighting for full equality.
Join us in standing up for trans equality right now:
1) Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and demand that President Trump clarify that transgender people can serve in the military.
2) Raise your voice on social media to support the trans community and condemn Trump’s announcement.
Mississippi’s HB 1523: Update and Fact Check
On June 22, 2017, a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit ruled that plaintiffs in our challenge to HB 1523 – the most extreme anti-LGBT law in the nation – do not have standing to challenge this law. On July 6, 2017 our Legal Team filed a petition for review by the full 5th Circuit.
HB 1523 is not in effect in Mississippi. Passed in spring 2016, HB 1523 would empower Mississippi officials, state employees, and private individuals who hold certain religious beliefs to deny a wide array of services to LGBT individuals. Under the law, Mississippi clerks could refuse to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples, public school counselors could turn away LGBT or questioning youth in crisis, and a cab driver could eject a same-sex couple en route to the airport to celebrate their honeymoon. Follow our challenge to HB 1523 here.
Safe Schools, Safe Communities: New Funding Available
Do you need funding for your work? We’ve just launched Safe Schools, Safe Communities, a new round of rapid response grants to promote safety in schools and communities across the South.
We’re open to all kinds of ideas. If it will make your community safer, we want to hear about it – whether you’re organizing a rally to speak out against violence against trans women of color; hosting trainings to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants; educating legislators about the importance of access to affordable healthcare; or building a coalition of staff, faculty and parents to reduce bullying against LGBTQ, immigrant and Muslim students.
We need all of these efforts and more to protect and defend those who are most vulnerable in our communities across the South.
Click here to apply for funding today. Grants are up to $500 and, once you apply, we’ll get back to you within one month.
We believe that organizers on the frontlines of the Southern LGBTQ movement can transform our region—but they need the funding and support to do so. Through our Southern Equality Fund, CSE redistributes a percentage of our funding to grassroots leaders doing vital and transformative work in their communities across the South. The fund prioritizes groups and individual leaders whose access to funding and support is limited due to barriers such as not having 501c3 status, or being located in a rural area.
Trans in the South: A Guide to Services and Resources
New data from the Williams Institute shows that more than 300,000 trans folks call the South home. Too often, they face a lack of resources and support. We often hear stories of people going without medical care or traveling hours to reach a doctor who will treat them with respect. That’s got to change.
To respond to that need, the Campaign for Southern Equality is releasing Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services.
In the pages of this edition of Trans in the South you’ll find lists of trans-friendly service providers – from doctors to attorneys to counselors – across the South as well as resources to assist with funding medical transition.
This information has been collected and vetted by Ivy Gibson-Hill, our LGBT Rights Toolkit Coordinator. We hope this resource guide helps people access the services they need to survive and to thrive.
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.