What we’re up to …

Southern LGBTQ Health Survey is Now Live!

We’re excited to announce that our Southern LGBTQ Health Survey is now live! It’s available in English and Spanish and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. If you are an LGBTQ person who lives in the South and is 18 years or older, we hope you’ll take part and also spread this to your networks!

English: www.surveymonkey.com/r/southernlgbtqhealthsurvey

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.comr/EncuestadeSaludLGBTQdelSur

¡Nos emociona anunciar que la Encuesta sobre la Salud LGBTQ Sureña ya está lista! Esta encuesta ayudará a comprender mejor las experiencias de la población LGBTQ que vive en el Sur en relación con su salud y acceso a atención médica. Está disponible en inglés y en español y llenarla toma menos de 15 minutos. Si eres una persona LGBTQ viviendo el Sur, y tienes 18 años o más, ¡esperamos que participes y que también la compartas en tus redes!

Limited-Edition T-shirts Now Out!

We’re super excited to share that Liz Williams, pictured above and an amazing artist in our hometown of Asheville, is the winner of our Summer ’18 Design Contest.

Check out the shirt that Liz designed, modeled by our wonderful intern, Andi Espenshade, and click here to place your online order.

We loved Liz’s work so much that we commissioned another design and made a poster. Click here to order posters and buttons. 

And if you’re in our hometown of Asheville, NC, swing by Horse and Hero, an amazing local shop and supporter of CSE, to find t-shirts, buttons and posters (located at 14 Patton Avenue, Asheville).

Please join us in congratulating Liz and thanking all the artists who entered our Summer ’18 Design Contest. This contest was part of our new Southern Equality Studio, a design and art project. When asked about her work, Liz explained that through graphic design, photography, illustration, and everything in between, she creates work that speaks of dissent during this bleak political climate and that explores the intersectionality of being a black androgynous woman in the queer community.

Take Action: Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Amendment

Congressional Republicans have voted at the committee level to discriminate against LGBTQ couples who want to adopt.

From the Human Rights Campaign:

“If it remains in the final bill, the amendment would grant a “license to discriminate” in the provision of child welfare services, allowing child welfare placing agencies that receive federal government funding to turn away qualified prospective parents based on the agency’s religious beliefs.”

Take Action now by calling you member of Congress and telling them to oppose this anti-LGBTQ amendment.

Find your representative at -> www.house.gov/representatives/find

Mississippi’s HB1523: Updates and Resources

HB1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBTQ law, remains in effect across Mississippi.

People who experience discrimination can report it to CSE by calling or texting our hotline (828.242.1559), by email (info@southernequality.org), through this online form, or by posting at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/southernequality). Our team of attorneys, clergy and organizers will respond with support and resources.  

The law authorizes Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners, to recuse themselves from serving LGBT individuals on the basis of three specific religious beliefs about gay marriage, transgender individuals, and sex before marriage.

Trans in the South Guide: Annual Update Underway

It’s that time of year when we work on updating Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services.   

Do you know of a trans-friendly provider in the South who should be included or do you have an update to share about an already-listed provider? Please fill out this form to share that information.

An amazing team of organizers, like Kayla Gore in Memphis, are doing research across the South to identify more providers for the 2018 guide.