Webinar: Grant Writing Kickstarter – Tools & Strategies for the LGBTQ South!

More than half of those applying for Southern Equality Fund (SEF) grants say that it’s the first time they’ve ever written a grant application. We’ve purposely made our funding request process short and straightforward in order to make it accessible to inexperienced grant writers, and we say yes as often as possible. But when our…

Webinar: Queer the Vote – Taking Back our Democracy!

This webinar took place August 15, 2018. Missed it? Scroll down to watch the full recording  and download resources shared during the webinar. Voting in local, state and federal elections is part of how we can change policies to end local law enforcement’s collaboration with ICE. To end the practice of money bail. To pass local…

Natalie “Natt” Offiah – Jackson, MS

Natalie Offiah who regularly goes by Natt is a first generation Nigerian American. The Jackson native began her work as an activist and organizer at the age of 17. As a freshman at Jackson State University, Natt co-founded Spectrum, the university’s GSA, and was elected president the following year, a title she held until her…

Kayla Gore – Memphis, TN

Kayla Gore is a community mobilizer and activist for social justice. She is the Trans Services specialist at OUTMempihis where she work with the LGBTQ+ community. Kayla is a State Certified HIV tester and Sexual Health Counselor. When she’s not advocating the just treatment of Trans/GNC people ate OUTMemhis she volunteers for various CAB’s (community…

Demi Hickman – Charleston, SC

Demi Hickman is an activist/advocate for LGBTQ policies and populations in Charleston, SC.  He dedicates his time as an advocate to LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry as an outreach member of “We Are Family,” an organization dedicated to providing aid and haven to LBGTQ/straight-allied youth experiencing homelessness in Charleston. He provides…

Yaz Nuñez – Durham, NC

Yaz Mendez Nuñez is a 25-year-old organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. As a Queer Brown Southerner from a military town, Yaz lives, loves, and hustles in the legacy of their Borinken and Quisqueyan ancestors by practicing music and offering spiritual accompaniment to other community organizers through the seasons of our lives. They serve as…

Trans Lifeline Microgrants: Funding for Trans Healthcare Providers

The Emma Deboncoeur Healthcare Provider Fund is a donations-based fundraiser which provides microgrants to trans people who are healthcare providers or in training to become healthcare providers. Emma’s fund has sprung up in response to the loss of our dear Emma, who passed on March 13th, 2018. She was a brilliant, shining light for so…

Webinar: Community Organizing & Grassroots Fundraising – A Match Made for Movement-building!

The webinar took place March 29, 2018. Missed it? Scroll down to watch the full recording  and download resources shared during the webinar. If we’ve learned one thing in our years of organizing across the LGBTQ South, it’s that there is a wealth of creative and inspiring grassroots leaders across the region – in rural…

2017 Southern Equality Fund Annual Report

Back in 2015, the Campaign for Southern Equality launched the Southern Equality Fund to support LGBTQ grassroots organizers doing heroic frontline work across the South. Since then, we’ve given $96,848 in grants to 155 individuals and organizations across 12 Southern states! And we’re just getting started.   We’ve created a new annual report to tell the story of the Southern Equality Fund…

Dismantling the Discrimination to Incarceration Pipeline for Transgender People of Color

Dismantling the Discrimination to Incarceration Pipeline for Transgender People of Color Chinyere Ezie – Southern Poverty Law Center, Demoya Gordon – Lambda Legal, Asa King – Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground This workshop seeks to educate participants about the “discrimination to incarceration” pipeline, whereby LGBTQ people—particularly transgender persons of color—frequently are excluded…

TAKE Resource Center

My name is Daroneshia Duncan, and I am a trans woman of color born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. In the past three years, I’ve worked to bring attention to the transgender population here in Birmingham, especially the trans women of color community. In 2013, I created TAKE (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable EMPOWERING), a peer support…

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Charleston

Through the LGBTQ Rights Toolkit Fund, an initiative of the Southern Equality Fund (SEF), the Campaign for Southern Equality provided a grant of $3,000 to We Are Family to support the Charleston YOUth Count. This will be the first ever assessment of youth housing instability and food insecurity in Charleston. “We Are Family has experienced a…

Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the LGBTQ South

One half of all HIV diagnoses nationally occur in the South and 52 percent of all AIDS deaths occur in our region, according to the Center for Disease Control. Simply put, HIV is a crisis in the South, especially among LGBTQ folks. Approximately half of all transgender people who received an HIV diagnosis from 2009 to…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with Suzy Geronimo

The former director of the Southern Equality Fund Chloe Stuber interviewed Suzy Geronimo, Founder and Executive Director of FUM (Fuerza y Unión Múltiple), and member of the Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI). Suzy Geronimo is from Cherán, Michoacán in México and has been a resident of Henderson, NC for more than 20 years. She is the Founder…

Pay it Forward: A New Way To Fund Grassroots LGBTQ Organizing In The South

Responsive Philanthropy Summer 2017, a publication of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, recently featured an article written by CSE’s Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. The article gives an in-depth look into our analysis behind the Southern Equality Fund, and why it’s imperative to channel funding and support to grassroots organizers in this moment. “When…

Trans Justice Funding Project

(Applications will open December 2017) Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?  Are you a group? Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people? Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000? Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico? Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing…

Appalachian Community Fund

ACF provides grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support community organizing for social change that is community-led and community-based, addressing root causes and systemic issues, and understanding forms of oppression, especially racism. We encourage organizations that have developed a realistic plan for achieving change. We place a priority on work…

#WeAreThis Queer & Trans Youth Mobilization Fund

The #WeAreThis Queer & Trans Youth Mobilization Fund is a rapid response fund created to support community mobilizations and projects that advance Queer and Trans liberation. The goals of this fund is to support queer and trans people of color on the frontlines of struggles for freedom and liberation. Many queer and trans people of…

Trans Leadership Initiative @ Camp GenderBenders 2017

This past weekend the leaders participating in the Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI) came together in person for the first time in Toccoa, GA, at Camp GenderBenders, an intergenerational annual summer camp led by and for trans and GNC people, coordinated by GenderBenders SC. TLI leaders participated in a panel to share about their work and…

Webinar: Funding for Grassroots Change

Some of the most visionary work in the South is often planned at the dinner table and funded out-of-pocket by grassroots leaders. These leaders sacrifice their time money, health and safety to make change in their home towns. Grassroots LGTBQ leadership is crucial to achieving lived and legal equality in the South, but it is also…