Community Health Program

We dream about a South where LGBTQ folks can lead healthy, thriving lives in their hometowns. When we talk about community health, we mean every part of your physical, emotional and spiritual health. We believe that every LGBTQ person in the South should be able to access LGBTQ-friendly health care and legal services, and support services locally.

Right now, the hostile climate that persists in many parts of the South means people must take extra steps or travel hours to protect their rights and access basic health care and services. We’re working to change that through our Community Health Program, which includes:

  • Our Trans in the South Resource Guide lists trans-friendly medical providers, counselors, HIV/AIDS services, attorneys and other services across the South. We update this guide annually and it reaches thousands of trans folks across the region.
  • CSE’s free Pop Up Clinics provide legal education and services, health and wellness services, and resources to help LGBTQ people lead healthy, thriving lives. Since launching in 2011, the Campaign for Southern Equality has hosted more than 100 clinics on topics ranging from name changes to health care power of attorney to immigrant law, serving close to 4,000 LGBTQ Southerners.
  • CSE’s online toolkit is designed to help LGBTQ Southerners – especially those in the rural South – access clear information about their rights and how to access support and services. The toolkit consists of Health Care Power of Attorney forms and Name and Gender Change Guides for every Southern state as well as links to legal, medical, emergency and mental health resources.
  • Our Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative is a new a partnership with Western NC Community Health Services to expand access to LGBTQ-friendly primary and HIV care at Southern community health centers. We are currently in the pilot phase.
  • We also provide trainings and continuing education focused on LGBTQ issues and transgender issues to help service providers and schools be safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ people.
(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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ-Friendly Attorney Referral List across the South. If you are an LGBTQ-friendly attorney based in the South and would like to be added to our referral list, please contact Fletcher Page, our LGBTQ Resource Navigator, at fletcher@southernequality.org.