ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT* in the South Conference will be held from March 18-20 at the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, 340 Victoria Rd.

Organizers said the “fight for full LGBT* equality in the South is far from over, but together we can get there.” Participants will be able to learn, share skills, build strategies and connect with like-minded individuals.

Workshop topics at press time include: #BlackLivesMatter: Our Survival Affirms Your Liberation; Bridging the LGBT Divide; Dismantling the Discrimination to Incarceration Pipeline for Transgender People of Color; Ending Conversion Therapy; GaySL: A Crash Course in LGBTQ American Sign Language; In it Together: Understanding HIV Health Services for Black Gay/Bi-sexual Men; Inclusive Spaces for All Students: Confronting Heteronormativity; Navigating Conflict: Mobilizing People to Work Together; Queer Eye: Language, Identity, and the Stories We Tell; Queering Reproductive Justice: Abortion and Beyond; Real Harm to Real People: How to Discuss Religious Refusal Laws; Restroom, Locker Rooms, and Sports, Oh My! Supporting Transgender Youth in Schools; Sexuality and the Bible from a Black Perspective; Staffing the Backlash: A Look at the Looming Legislation Targeting the LGBT Community; Strategies for Addressing the Health Insurance Gap for LGBT* & HIV+ Southerners; Strategies for Working in Hostile Environments; Strong Southern Queer Folk; Trans-thriving: Coping Through Transition; and Working with Cis Families of Trans People.

Registration costs are: $75/organization, group, company representatives; $40/independent organizer and/or community member; $20/student; and $250/North Carolina attorneys seeking state bar association approved CLE credits.

Scholarship applications are due by Jan. 24 for those who require assistance with fees.


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