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Southern Equality Organization Firing Back Against Anti-LGBT Legislation With New Online Resources



Online ‘LGBT Rights Toolkit’ Now Includes ‘Trans in the South’ Resource Booklet

In response to an often dangerous and demoralizing political climate in the South, the Campaign for Southern Equality is firing back with expanded outreach and more accessible resources for LGBT people across the region. With the current onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation, litigation, and rhetoric, the Campaign is focusing on assisting activists and community leaders across the South, especially those who are trans and gender non-conforming in the fight to be themselves and lead authentic lives. 

Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, CSE’s executive director, explains:

“More than 1/3 of LGBT Americans live in the South and face elevated risks of poverty as well as health disparities. We also face a hostile political climate with laws like HB2 on the books. So many LGBT Southerners have immediate needs for medical, legal or other basic services. But there’s a problem: in most communities across the South, there are limited or no local providers who are LGBT friendly. People often go without basic services or go to great lengths – like traveling hours – to access them.”

In order to serve the estimated 500,000 trans people living in the South, CSE is working to influence change at the structural level by offering direct support and educational opportunities to service providers to better equip them as more and more facilities begin to offer LGBT-friendly services. CSE is also offering “Pop Up Name Change Clinics” at Pride celebrations throughout the South.

The Campaign for Southern Equality is offering trans resource pop-up clinics at Pride events this summer!Resources…

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“This is a structural problem and it requires structural solutions. But we must also act immediately to address these needs. That’s where CSE’s LGBT Rights Toolkit comes in, providing information, resources and services directly to people so they can lead healthy, thriving lives,” Beach-Ferrara continues.

As part of their online toolkit, CSE has released a new resource booklet called Trans in the South, which has detailed information on medical and mental health resources, suggestions for funding for transitions, legal connections, and other useful tips. Each provider listed in the guide book was vetted and carefully researched to ensure those in need of assistance can access it without fear or harassment. The CSE guide also curates information from other regional guides, ensuring the widest possible area is covered.

“Accessing friendly therapists, medical providers, and legal assistance can be really difficult as a trans person in the South, especially if you don’t know where to start, or who to reach out to,” says Ivy Gibson-Hill, who compiled the guide which covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The guide is available for download here and will be updated annually.

Additionally, CSE provides financial resources for grassroots efforts via the Southern Equality Fund, which is currently offering $250 mini-grants for #QueerTheVote voter registration and encouragement programs and initiatives that help those who have been affected by North Carolina’s HB2. 

Check out the LGBT Rights Toolkit online here or download the Trans in the South booklet.


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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Demonstrating ‘The Depth of Power She Has Over Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter



Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, Politico’s Rachael Bade explained that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s overwhelming desire to become the leader of a Republican Party-dominated House has put him at the mercy of the demands and whims of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

As the plans for the 2022 midterm elections ramp up, and political prognosticators are saying a GOP House takeover is highly likely, McCarthy’s path to staying leader is not certain with the far-right wing of the party balking at just handing the California Republican the gavel.

As Bade explained to CNN’s Christi Paul, Taylor Green is just now starting to feel her power over McCarthy grow.

“What is the takeaway for Kevin McCarthy?” Paul asked. “Particularly, I have to point out that after last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene said she tweeted that she got off a good call with him. spent time talking about problems not only for the country. ‘I like what he has planned ahead.’ Two different — two different points of view from her and in a 24 to 48-hour period. What do you make of that?”

“Look, I think Kevin McCarthy has a really long year ahead of him,” Bade suggested. “You’re right, the midterms are far away. That vote for him to become speaker is a long way off, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is just starting to realize the depth of power she actually has over Kevin McCarthy.”

“This is a man who has wanted to be Speaker for a decade,” she continued. “He needs her vote, he needs her support in order to get the gavel. I think what you’ll be seeing for the next few months, for a year, anytime Kevin McCarthy does anything to infuriate Marjorie Taylor Greene or infuriates [Donald] Trump — they’re going to be lording it over his head.”

“He’s got this real bind right now, he’s going to be in this pickle for a very long time,” she later added.

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Fauci Warns: ‘It’s Not Going to Be Possible to Keep’ Omicron ‘Out of the Country’



The World Health Organization addressed the new COVID-19 “variant of concern” Friday night, naming it “Omicron” and issuing an ominous warning about the future.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the statement said. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant.”

Omicron was initially referred to as B.1.1.529.

Earlier on Friday, the European Commission issued a similar warning and proposed that its member countries activate the “emergency brake” on travel from countries in southern Africa and other affected countries to limit the spread of the variant, The New York Times reported.

Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, said Omicron has 10 mutations and many more entry points than the highly contagious Delta variant.

“All air travel to these countries should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s executive arm, said in a statement. “And travelers returning from this region should respect strict quarantine rules.”

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the following governments have halted or restricted flights from South Africa to try to curb the spread of Omicron: Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the travel restrictions would “buy us some time” and that “it’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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Wallace Skewers Christie for Trying to ‘Save’ the GOP and Favoring Fox News



MSNBC news host Nicolle Wallace skewered former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while he was promoting his book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”

“Is bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?” Wallace asked.

“No, but that’s the third section of the book where I talk about the movement forward. In the second portion of the book, we talk about the conspiracy theories and the truth-denying that went on with things like Qanon, Pizzagate, the election situation, John Birch Society… that’s what I talk about. There’s two sections of the book and I’m sure you’re conflating them,” Christie answered.

“I’m not conflating them,” Wallace said. “I don’t think it’s an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News.”

During the interview, Wallace also asked Christie if he thought former President Donald J. Trump gave him COVID-19. He denied naming Trump specifically in the contraction, but ultimately said he didn’t know who gave it to him.

See below for how Twitter has responded to the interview, which originally aired Tuesday night, and also to the news of Christie’s potential run for president in 2024.

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