The survey was conducted with our research partner:


The LGBTQ Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights has partnered with Georgia State University to conduct a survey of LGBTQ individuals in the South. This is a study of, by, and for Southern LGBTQ people, with the support of many community and grassroots organizations. 

The goal of this research is to amplify the voices of LGBTQ Southerners and highlight the issues affecting our lives. The survey touches on a broad range of topics, including education and employment, health and wellness, criminal justice and safety, sexual and gender identity, and discrimination.

Planning for this survey began in 2015, but the need for this survey has become even more urgent as LGBTQ people are being erased from government policy and research: LGBTQ questions from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) and the upcoming 2020 United States Census are now gone. Our voices are needed now. Thank you to all who have taken the survey in order to tell your story. With your help, our lives and experiences will not be erased.

PARTNER organizations

The following organizations helped promote the survey across the South. We are grateful for their support. 


  • ACLU of Alabama

  • AIDS Alabama South

  • Beloved Community Church

  • Central Alabama Pride

  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

  • Edgewood Presbyterian Church

  • Equality Alabama

  • Equality Shoals

  • Free2Be

  • Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

  • Magic City Acceptance Project

  • Queer Straight Alliance, Jefferson State Community College

  • SpectrumUA

  • TKO Society Inc.

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • YWCA Central Alabama


  • Arkansas Crisis Center

  • Arkansas for Equality

  • Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition

  • NWA Center for Equality

  • Out in Arkansas



  • Come Out With Pride, Inc.

  • Equality Florida

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - Florida

  • Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence



  • SAVE

  • Social Women in Motion (SWIM)


  • AID Atlanta

  • Amazin LeThi Foundation

  • Athens Pride

  • Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

  • Atlanta Pride

  • CHRIS 180

  • Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

  • Feminist Women's Health Center

  • First City Network

  • The Gentlemen's Foundation, Inc.

  • Georgia Equality

  • Georgia State University- Multicultural Center


  • The Health Initiative

  • Latino LinQ

  • Live Forward

  • Lost and Found Youth

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - Georgia

  • Our Community Involved, Inc.

  • Pride School Atlanta

  • Rotten Peaches

  • Southern Fried Queer Pride

  • Southerners On New Ground (Regional Organization)

  • Southwest Atlanta Pride

  • Stonewall Bar Association

  • Trans Housing Atlanta Program

  • The Vision Church of Atlanta

  • The Vision Community Foundation

  • US Human Rights Network

  • Wussy Magazine


  • ACLU of Kentucky

  • Appalachia Youth Project (Stay Project)

  • Tri-State Alliance


  • Capital City Alliance Baton Rouge


  • Gulf South Chamber

  • LGBT+ Archives Project

  • Louisiana Trans Advocates

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - Louisiana

  • NOAGE- New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders

  • Tulane Organization for Gays and Allies


  • Alliance for Equality at the University of Southern Mississippi

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi

  • Mississippi Rainbow Center

  • The Spectrum Center

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center-MSAETC (Mississippi AIDS Education and Training Center)


North Carolina

  • Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.

  • Campaign for Southern Equality (Regional Organization)

  • Campus Pride

  • El Centro Hispano

  • Equality North Carolina

  • Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte

  • Guilford Green Foundation

  • LGBT Center of Raleigh

  • LGBTQ Center, Wake Forest University

  • MeckPAC

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - North Carolina

  • North Star LGBTQ Community Center

  • OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley

  • Raleigh Business Professional Network

  • Safe Schools North Carolina

  • St. John's Metropolitan Community Church

  • Time Out Youth

  • Triad Pride Performing Arts

  • Youth Outright

  • YouthSAFE


  • Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • East Side Christian Church

  • OpenArms Youth Project (OYP)

  • OUT & Loud Youth Services of Tulsa

  • The Parish Church of St. Jerome

  • Student Gay Straight Alliance

  • Temple Israel

  • United Church of Norman UCC

  • Youth Services of Tulsa

South Carolina

  • Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Charleston Area Transgender Support

  • Harriet Hancock LGBT Center

  • PFLAG Spartanburg

  • South Carolina Black Pride

  • South Carolina Equality

  • Upstate Pride South Carolina

  • We Are Family


  • Cathedral Foundation – Tri State Black Pride

  • Cathedral of Praise Church of Memphis Inc.

  • Focus Mid South

  • Focus Middle Tennessee


  • IONA

  • Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

  • Ray Rico Freelance Focus Magazine

  • Relationship Unleashed

  • Tennessee Equality Project

  • Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

  • Tennessee Vals

  • Tennessee Valley Pride, Inc,

  • Unity of Nashville

  • The Unleashed Voice Magazine

  • The Unleashed Voice Radio Show, LLC

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Murfreesboro

  • Vanderbilt University Office of LGBTQI Life


  • Allgo

  • Dignity/Houston

  • The Diana Foundation

  • Equality Texas

  • Gender and Sexuality Center at UT Austin

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - Texas

  • North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce

  • University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center


  • Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

  • Center for Black Equity

  • Diversity Richmond

  • HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) - Virginia

  • Side by Side

  • Virginia Organizing

West Virginia

  • Fairness West Virginia

  • WVU LGBTQ+ Center