Asheville, NC | February 28 - March 1, 2014

Location: Asheville, NC

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2015 conference dates to be announced soon!

This dynamic two-day conference is designed to help people from across the South learn, build skills, network and, together, increase the impact of LGBT* advocacy in the South.

The 2nd annual LGBT* in the South conference will take place during the spring of 2015 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Dates will be available soon!)

Our keynote speaker for the 2014 conference was Shannon Minter, Legal Director of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. Shannon was also NCLR’s lead attorney on Sharon Smith’s groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country.

Shannon Minter

The goal of this conference is to convene people from across the South and across disciplines to share ideas, build skills, and create connections focused on new approaches to LGBT* advocacy in the South. This wo-day conference is designed for Attorneys, Paralegals, Social Workers, Ministers, Service Providers, HR Directors, LGBT* Organizers and any community members interested in LGBT rights* in the South.

Lead Sponsors: The Hart Law Group, Campaign for Southern Equality, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Co-Sponsors: Equality Federation; First Congregational United Church of Christ, Asheville, NC; Freedom to Marry; Gender Benders; Human Rights Campaign; Lambda Legal; Marriage Equality USA; National LGBT Bar Association; New Organizing Institute; South Carolina Equality; and Western NC Citizens for an End to Institutional Bigotry.