Asheville, NC | February 28 - March 1, 2014

Location: Asheville, NC

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Welcome to the conference website!

Registration & Scholarship Updates:

  • Free on-site registration will be available on March 1; it will take place from 8:15 – 8:45 AM on Saturday, March 1, at the conference site;
  • Registration for Friday has closed; pre-registration for Saturday has closed; and
  • We are thrilled to have awarded scholarships to 53 individuals to attend Friday’s workshops.

Conference location:

Friday: The Venue @ 21 N Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday: First Congregational United Church of Christ @ 20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

NC CLE 6.5 including 1.0 Ethics for Friday

Who Should Attend?

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.


Find the full agenda for both days here.

  • February 28 focuses on LGBT law and is designed for attorneys; legal professionals; service providers; staff/leadership of LGBT organizations; and those with a strong interest in legal issues. Registration fee: $350. 6.5 hour CLE credit offered for attorneys;
  • March 1 is free and features hands-on trainings and interactive panels designed to help you become a more effective organizer and advocate, and to network with others across the South. For students, organizers, community members, staff/leadership of LGBT organizations, service providers, allies, attorneys, ministers and anyone interested in LGBT rights and organizing.

Keynote Speaker

Shannon Price Minter, Esq.

Shannon Minter is 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.


Learn more on our Sponsors page.

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.

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