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Saturday
28
APR

State of the South Symposium 2018

10:00
16:00
LGBT Institute
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The LGBT Institute is pleased to host our second annual symposium presented by Delta Air Lines. In collaboration with our research partner, Georgia State University, the symposium will explore the findings of the LGBT Institute Southern Survey and lessons learned. Attendees will also have the opportunity to develop future strategies for survey outreach and design. This interactive symposium will be an ideal time for networking among academics and advocates.

The symposium will focus on the three main areas of the LGBT Institute's Southern Survey findings: (1) Education & Employment, (2) Criminal Justice & Safety, and (3) Public Health & Wellness.

The symposium will take place over two days with all participants engaging in an on-going, interactive, plenary session. Presentations will explore: the dynamics and systems operating in relation to the three focus areas of the survey results; the individuals and communities least likely to have access to needed resources and most vulnerable to harm; and determining ways to tell the stories of LGBTQ Southerners that have not been told.

Many of the conversations will also touch upon LGBTQIA experiences and issues in relation to gender identity, racial and economic justice, class, immigration and citizenship, age and aging, ability and disability, incarceration, and other categories and social concerns identified by the data.

We look forward to learning and connecting with you!

BACKGROUND:

The LGBT Institute Southern Survey, conducted in 2017, serves to amplify the voices of LGBTQ Southerners and highlight the issues affecting our lives, in order to create a more safe and welcoming South. Planning for this survey began in 2015, but the need for this survey became even more urgent as LGBTQ people continue to be erased from federal policy and research. The LGBT Institute joined forces with more than 140+ nonprofit, community, and state organizations to spread the word. More that 6,000 LGBTQ people from across 14 Southern states took the survey.

This symposium will be the first time for the public to review the data with our research team at Georgia State University. Our hope is that this solid research can serve as an important tool that can help us tell our stories, reframe narratives, and dismantle discriminatory systems. And, that the data can be used by our partners on the ground as they develop their policy initiatives, grassroots strategies, and fundraising campaigns.