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➡️ Urge your Congress members to Support the Equality Act
➡️ Donate to CSE
➡️ Register to Vote
➡️ Get involved in a state coalition
➡️ Submit a provider to Trans in the South
➡️ Attend a Queer Artist Meetup
LGBTQ Southerners live each day with courage and strength and grassroots organizers across the region are doing heroic work to create equality. And every day, we hear powerful stories about how the South is changing and support for equality is growing.
We ask you to TAKE ACTION with us as we build a new South.
Take the Pledge: Support LGBTQ Equality in the South
Join us in the long-term work to win equality – both legal and lived – for LGBTQ Southerners! Tell us you’re with us by adding your name and email address, and we’ll keep you updated on how you can help tell a new story of the South.
Urge Congress to Codify Landmark Supreme Court Rulings
We’re calling on the U.S. Congress to take by codifying the landmark Supreme Court victories that Justice Clarence Thomas and others are threatening to undo. As we continue to call for passage of the Equality Act and other high-priority legislation for LGBTQ+ people, Congress should at the very least codify into federal law the Supreme Court victories in Lawrence v. Texas (prohibiting state intervention in consensual intimate relationships), Obergefell v. Hodges (guaranteeing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples), and Bostock v. Clayton County (determining that anti-LGBTQ+ employment discrimination violates federal law). Congress should also take action by codifying Roe v. Wade (the constitutional right to abortion), Griswold v. Connecticut (the right to contraception), and Loving v. Virginia (the freedom to marry for people of different races). Send a message urging your Senators and Representatives to codify these rulings.
Urge your Congress members to Support the Equality Act
The best way to protect all LGBTQ people in the South is through the passage of express, comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation at the federal level: The Equality Act. This bill would help ensure that, no matter what your zip code is, you can be guaranteed dignity, respect, and freedom from discrimination.
Send a message to your U.S. Senators urging them to vote YES on the Equality Act.
Volunteer with CSE
We have volunteer opportunities ranging from staffing community events, educating & registering voters, attending issue-based community phone banks, and other various opportunities that may arise.
Creating change in the South takes a team effort. With your help, we can secure both lived and legal equality for LGBTQ Southerners.
Donate to CSE
Since launching in 2011, the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) has worked for full LGBTQ equality – both legal and lived – across the South. Despite the progress we’ve made, the reality is that LGBTQ Southerners continue to face discrimination every day. We’re working to change that. Your gift makes our work possible.
Register to Vote
The Campaign for Southern Equality is all about turning out the vote across the South, which is why we’re registering voters in the build up to critical local, state and federal elections.
If you need to update your voting address or register for the first time, click here.
Get Involved: Join a State Coalition
Learn more about how we’ve teamed up with partners across the country to help LGBTQ-inclusive protections across the South. As we continue to demand justice and protections for our LGBTQ Southerners, we are making sure that our communities are ready to take action.
Submit a Provider to CSE’s Trans in the South Guide
Are you a trans-affirming medical or legal professional, or do you know of an affirming service provider based in the South? Help grow the guide to ensure our loved ones have the services they need to survive and to thrive.
List your provider or get listed here.
Attend a Queer Artist Meetup with Southern Equality Studios
Southern Equality Studios has worked throughout 2019 and 2020 to create a space for queer Southern artists to gather and connect. Topics range from how social distancing affects your art to how to monetize your creative skills in this virtual landscape.
If you’re a queer artist or creative in the South, join us for weekly discussions and tutorials.