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October 8, 2019

What Philanthropy Needs to Know about Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ People, the Supreme Court, and Title VII

Today the Supreme Court of the United States hears oral arguments on three cases which will decide whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are protected from employment discrimination under existing law (Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Altitude Express v. Melissa Zarda; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The Court is being asked whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, includes LGTBQ people. The EEOC and many lower federal courts have long affirmed that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination […]
September 5, 2019

Out in the South Fund Grantee Convening and New RFP Process

The Out in the South Fund continues its work of supporting and building sustainable LGBTQ funds led by and for LGBTQ Southerners and shaped by a commitment to racial and gender justice. This strategy is a response to the decades of underfunding of Southern LGBTQ communities and is designed to build long-term resources for a healthy movement ecosystem of LGBTQ organizations rooted in the South. The Fund recently held its third grantee convening and is currently in the process of awarding its fourth round of grants. Earlier this summer, Out in the South Fund grantees gathered in Durham for our […]
November 6, 2016
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An Update on the Top 10 Funders in the U.S. South

In 2013, we launched what has since become known as our Out in the South Initiative with the goal of increasing funding for LGBTQ communities throughout the US South. In 2014 we released Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South, the first report that looked specifically at philanthropic support for LGBTQ communities in the South. In 2015, we hired our Out in the South Project Director, Chantelle Fisher-Borne, and continued our networking and outreach efforts throughout the region. Earlier this month we announced the first round of Out in the South Fund […]
November 6, 2016
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Out in the South, Part Two identifies more than 750 LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South

(New York, NY – September 30, 2014) Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a new report entitled Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South. The report finds that not only is the U.S. South home to more LGBT adults than any other region, it is also home to an impressive array of more than 750 LGBTQ community assets.   Out in the South, Part Two (2014) assesses the state of the LGBTQ movement in the U.S.South, based on a comprehensive scan of the region’s LGBTQ community assets, a survey of more than 200 organizers […]
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