LGBT Support Services
CSE offers free, confidential, short-term Support Services to LGBT people in the South who have experienced harassment, discrimination or violence. Support services are provided by CSE staff and our volunteer Support Team, which includes lawyers, clergy and counselors.
To access services or ask questions, please contact us. We will be in touch within 48 hours of your initial contact.
- An initial conversation to listen to your story and identify resources that may help;
- Short-term emotional and spiritual support provided by volunteer counselors and chaplains;
- Information about your legal rights provided by volunteer lawyers and Community Law Workshops (free events to help you understand and protect your rights);
- Referrals for longer-term services and support in accessing them; and
- Reporting options: If you experience or learn about an act of violence, discrimination or harassment that is motivated by homophobia, you can choose to report it confidentially here. We can also help you understand your options with reporting incidents to law enforcement.
A message from Rev. Kathryn Cartledge, Chaplaincy Team Leader:
CSE’s Chaplaincy Team seeks to offer LGBT people a source of spiritual and pastoral support by listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending those in need. As chaplains, we work with people of every faith tradition, no faith tradition, and everyone in between.
CSE Chaplains are aware of the pain, fear and shame that the actions of religious institutions have provoked in many LGBT people. We are sensitive to the history of alienation caused by “the Church.” The Chaplaincy Team seeks to be an affirming, respectful, supportive and challenging component of CSE’s mission.
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