About The Toolkit
The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched this online Toolkit to help LGBTQ Southerners – especially those in small towns and rural areas – understand and protect their rights.
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. It also provides current information about changes in state and federal law against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing legal landscape.
New data from the Williams Institute shows that more than 500,000 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 just released a new updated version of Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services.
We’ve also just released a Spanish version which can be found here – Trans en el Sur!
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.
You can download a PDF of Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources by clicking here. We also ask you to share this guide with your networks.
“LGBT people in the South live with great dignity and courage and are often savvy navigators of the legal system, but the reality of discrimination persists and must be addressed,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.
About The Campaign for Southern Equality
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.
Through our multi-pronged approach, we are telling a new story about LGBTQ lives in the South. WATCH:
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Across the South, LGBTQ people lack basic legal protections, face robust opposition to our rights and have limited resources for advocacy. LGBTQ people in our region are also at an elevated risk of poverty. Beyond this, the South receives less than five percent of the total annual funding that goes to LGBTQ organizations nationally. Factors like this contribute to the commonly held belief that the South is “unwinnable” when it comes to LGBTQ rights.
But we hold a different view and feel deeply hopeful about what’s possible in the South.
For more information about the Campaign For Southern Equality, please visit our website.