By the Numbers 35 percent
The South is home to more LGBT people than any other region in the country, but it’s also home to the most anti-LGBT discrimination. Not one Southern state has passed an employment nondiscrimination law, and the region was ground zero for anti-LGBT bills this year, with Georgia just one of the states to garner national attention along with North Carolina, Tennessee and others.
So the LGBT Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Georgia State University (GSU) have partnered up to connect academic researchers with LGBT advocates across the region to tell the stories of those marginalized LGBT Southerners, using not a bullhorn or a protest but a less dramatic (though no less effective) tool—hard data.
GSU and the Institute will do so by connecting with LGBT advocates across the 14 states in the region over the next several months, conducting a survey in the fall, holding an academic symposium in November and releasing preliminary findings as early as this December.
Community feedback aids in survey creation
LGBT Institute executive director Ryan Roemerman, shown here in front of last fall’s LGBT exhibit. (File photo)
By PATRICK SAUNDERS