The partnership between TLC and SONG will focus on policy advocacy, legal work, public education and movement building.
“As the largest regional grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South, SONG sees TLC@SONG as a way to add new capacity in the South to work against the violent attacks on trans and gender nonconforming communities with integrity and accountability to our region” said Caitlin Breedlove, SONG Co-Director. “There is already some strong trans and gender nonconforming-led work in the south and we want to see that grow through innovative national collaboration.”
“With one-third of LGBTQ people in the entire country living in the South, and yet as recently as 2013, the South receiving less than 3 percent of LGBTQ funding nationally. Thousands of those LGBTQ people are trans or gender non-conforming” said Kris Hayashi, Executive Director at Transgender Law Center. “Our hope is that TLC@SONG will be a step towards supporting trans leadership in the South to win campaigns and protections that are needed.”