LGBTQ Southerners face real risks of physical attack, intimidation and threats. Since the start of 2017, eight transgender women of color have been murdered in our country, three of whom lived in the South. Trans youth in the South regularly report bullying and threats in schools. HB2 has now been on the books for more than a year in North Carolina and each day that it remains in effect, it threatens the safety of transgender people.In this climate, we are kicking off a new series of free "Protect Yourself" clinics across the South.
Led by and for transgender folks, the clinics feature a self defense class, training in using pepper spray and safety apps, and HIV testing and counseling. Each participant also receives a free can of pepper spray and a flashlight. Plus, we offer a free meal.This spring, we'll be running 12 "Protect Yourself" clinics, across NC, SC, GA, TN and AL
. Check out upcoming clinics here, with more to be announced soon
(Getting trained to use pepper spray at our recent Protect Yourself clinic in Greenville, SC, which drew 25 participants.)Your donation today – whether it is $5 or $250 – will go directly to these "Protect Yourself" clinics, everything from purchasing flashlights to space rental to putting gas in the tank.
These clinics are part of the Campaign for Southern Equality's
work to promote full legal and lived LGBTQ equality across the South.
Thank you for standing with us,
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Executive Director, Campaign for Southern Equality