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We post new content on a regular basis highlighting grassroots leaders and their work and announcing upcoming gatherings, funding rounds, and opportunities for training and support. Read more about what's happening in the LGBTQSouth.

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…

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…

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 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…

Webinar: LGBTQ in the South – Telling Your Story with Data

Data can be a powerful storytelling tool, yet historically there has been a lack of reliable statistics about LGBTQ Southerners. Thanks to the Williams Institute, that’s changing. We now have a growing body of data telling an important and multi-layered story about LGBTQ Southerners – that ⅓ of all LGBTQ people in our country live…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with L.B. Bell

By Britney Nesbit, Hometown Organizing Project Coordinator Mississippi native, L.B. Bell, is an advocate for LGBT inclusivity in his community and across the South. He is committed to creating safer spaces in his community by resisting discriminatory, anti-LGBT laws like Mississippi’s House Bill 1523. L.B.is a father, husband, farmer, physician and founder of The Black…

Applying for 501c3 Status – Feb 21, 2017 Webinar

When it comes to seeking funding, 0ne of the most common barriers grassroots leaders face is the lack of nonprofit status. Most foundations supporting LGBTQ work in the South require that groups have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. Having 501c3 status isn’t necessarily the end-all-be-all for many grassroots groups, neither is it the best vehicle for…

CSE at Creating Change

While millions were marching on Saturday, including some CSE team members in Greenville, Asheville and Charlotte, a small cohort of us were at Philadelphia at Creating Change, engaged in lively discussion with folks from across the country about radical redistribution of resources in the South. Especially in the difficult times that lay ahead, it is our…

The Southern Equality Fund: A Year in Review

By Chloe Stuber, Hometown Organizing Project Director We’re just two years into giving away a modest percentage of our budget to support grassroots work, and the impact is incredible. The Southern Equality Fund, launched in 2015, is a micro-granting project that invests in grassroots leadership in isolated and underresourced areas – with no strings attached.…

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