lgbtsouthlogoASHEVILLE, N.C. — Tuesday is the last day for those interested to apply for scholarships to attend a new conference focused on LGBT organizing in the South.

The Coalition for Southern Equality will host their conference, LGBT in the South: Advocacy Within and Beyond the Law, in Asheville, Feb. 28-March 1.

Normal registration is $350 for an individual ($300 for each additional individual from the same organization). Scholarships cover the cost of registration. A free session open to the public will be held on March 1.

The bulk of the conference is designed primarily for legal professionals, non-profit staffers, organizers and service providers. Continuing legal education credits will be offered for attorneys.

Speakers at the conference will include Coalition for Southern Equality Executive Director, the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, as well as the Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, Southerners on New Ground’s Caitlin Breedlove, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Director Chris Brook, Freedom To Marry’s Michael Crawford and Jake Loesch, Charlotte LGBTQ Law Center’s Sarah Demarest and Kelly Durden, University of North Carolina School of Law professor Holning S. Lau, Equality Federation’s Ian Palmquist and National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Price Minter, among others.

For more information on the conference or to apply for scholarships, visit

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.