LGBTQ Rights Toolkit

The hostile climate that persists in many parts of the South means LGBTQ individuals and families must take extra steps to access legal protections and LGBTQ-friendly resources and services.

Through our LGBTQ Rights Toolkit, we provide free clinics and digital resources to help LGBTQ people in the South (1) know and protect their rights and (2) access LGBTQ-friendly legal, advocacy and health services.

CSE’s online toolkit is designed to help LGBTQ Southerners – especially those in the rural South – access clear information about their rights and services. The toolkit consists of Health Care Power of Attorney forms for every Southern state, LGBTQ-friendly attorney and physician lists, links to legal and mental health resources, and Name and Gender Change Guides.

CSE’s ongoing series of free Pop Up Clinics provide legal education and services, health and wellness services, and resources to help LGBTQ people live healthy, thriving lives. Since launching in 2011, the Campaign for Southern Equality has reached thousands of LGBTQ Southerners with these free clinics.

We also provide trainings and continuing education focused on transgender issues, to help service providers, schools, businesses and faith communities be safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender diverse 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