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CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY

Asheville, NC   |  http://www.southernequality.org

Mission

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and works across the South to promote full LGBTQ equality – both legal and lived. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Main address

PO Box 364

Asheville, NC 28802 USA

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EIN

27-4064401

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than one third of all LGBTQ Americans live in the South. Yet across the region, LGBTQ people lack basic legal protections, face robust opposition to our rights and have limited resources for advocacy and direct services. LGBTQ people in our region are also at an elevated risk of poverty and health disparities. Our community meets every definition of political powerlessness, evidenced most recently by the wave of anti-LGBTQ bills sweeping the South and by a lack of elected representation in local, state and federal offices. While funding to the LGBTQ South is increasing (it has grown from less than 8% to 25% in recent years), the majority goes to large metro areas and large organizations. At the same time, 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.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Southern Equality Fund

The Southern Equality Fund provides tools - like funding and training - for Southern LGBTQ organizers who are doing heroic work to transform the South.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

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.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Through our Legal Equality Project, the Campaign for Southern Equality works across the South to strike down discriminatory laws and policies that are driven by anti-LGBTQ animus, and to promote the passage of LGBTQ-affirming laws. We use tactics including litigation, lobbying, storytelling, direct action and public education.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and works across the South to promote full LGBTQ equality – both legal and lived. Our work is rooted in commitments to empathy and to equity in race, gender and class.

Our work starts by asking what a LGBTQ Southerner needs when they are ready to lead transformative equality efforts in their hometown, or are ready to access services and support. Responding to this mix of urgent needs and entrenched structural issues requires a new approach. CSE was designed with an understanding of these challenges and is thus built to navigate them. Tactically, this requires that we use a range of tools in our work, including direct services, direct action, litigation, grant-making, and long-term organizing strategies to support a new generation of LGBTQ leaders and to build political power over the long term.

We believe it is possible to create a South where all people can thrive. That means being treated equally under the law, but it means far more than this. It means living authentically, with a sense of belonging and the recognition of our full worth and dignity. It means being free to be who you are and love who you in love, in both your private life and in the public square. We believe that race, gender, class, and sexuality are deeply entwined in the lives of Southerners and in the communities we work with: working on LGBTQ equality in the South inherently means working on racial, gender and economic justice.

Our current work includes:

Legal Equality Project: This project focuses on achieving legal equality by striking down anti-LGBTQ laws, passing pro-LGBTQ policies across the South, and building political voice and power for every community on the margins in the South. We advocate for racial equity, economic justice, health care for all and immigration reform. CSE does this work through litigation, public education, voter registration, community organizing and direct action.

Southern Equality Fund: Through the Southern Equality Fund (SEF), CSE empowers local LGBTQ leaders across the South to promote equality in their hometowns. We believe that the organizers on the front lines of the Southern LGBTQ movement can transform our region—but they need the funding and support to do so. Through the SEF, we provide grants, trainings and support. Starting in 2018, CSE will increase our grantmaking to 10 percent of our organizational budget, creating a practice of organizational tithing.

Community Health Program: We are working to create health equity for LGBTQ Southerners through this program. Projects include publishing the Trans in the South Guide; and our Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, which trains health care providers and conducts community-based research. Our goal is to increase access to LGBTQ-friendly health care across the South.

CSE was launched in 2011 after a 6-year planning period to work toward full LGBTQ equality in the South. We have a proven track record of achieving our goals related to organizing, direct services, and grassroots grantmaking. Our staff team is diverse and able to respond nimbly and effectively to rapidly-changing political dynamics and emergent issues.

From 2011 to 2015, CSE was on the frontlines of efforts to win marriage equality in the South using an innovative blend of direct action, public education and litigation. We led the WE DO Campaign, which involved LGBTQ couples requesting – and being denied – marriage licenses in their hometowns, from Wilson, NC, to Morristown, TN, to Poplarville, MS. More than 200 couples took action, with thousands of friends, family members and neighbors standing in support of them. We were honored to be part of the lawsuits that struck down marriage bans in North Carolina and Mississippi, as well as a lawsuit that struck down the adoption ban in Mississippi.

Since launching, we have offered more than 150 free direct service clinics, serving more than 4,200 LGBTQ people across the South. These have focused on topics such as health care power of attorney, name changes, family law and employment rights. Since 2015 when we launched the SEF, we have given out more than $400,000 in grassroots grants to individuals and grassroots groups. We have been honored to be part of federal lawsuits striking down anti-LGBTQ laws in NC, MS, and SC. Our Trans in the South Guide was viewed by 22,000 people in 2019, helping them access trans-friendly health care in their hometowns. Our 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Survey is the largest survey on LGBTQ health in the South, with more than 5,600 respondents across the region, documenting both reasons for hope and heartbreaking disparities.

We reach a digital audience of more than 50,000 and are honored to work with a diverse community of Southern organizers that span the region.

Financials

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CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY

Board of directors
as of 05/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathryn Watson

Kris Hermanns

Kathryn Watson

Lee Crayton

Yolany Gonell

Ashley Arrington

Reese Huffman

Kelly Durden Posey

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/15/2020

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/15/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.