Health survey focuses on the needs of LGBTQ Southerners


Contact: Chase Harless, Survey Coordinator, Campaign for Southern Equality,
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Health survey focuses on the needs of LGBTQ Southerners

Asheville, North Carolina (August 29, 2018) – The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched a Southern LGBTQ Health Survey in order to better understand the health care needs of LGBTQ Southerners. The survey data will be made publicly available and will serve as a valuable resource for the LGBTQ community, researchers, and public health advocates.

In the three weeks since the survey was released more than 2,000 LGBTQ individuals have completed the survey. More than 20 Southern LGBTQ organizations are partnering on this project to ensure that is reaches into the LGBTQ community all across the South.

“Data is a great way to tell a story, but there is very little health data available to tell the stories of LGBTQ people living in the South. Our goal with this survey is to connect with as many LGBTQ Southerners as possible to better understand their health care experiences,” says Chase Harless, Survey Coordinator with the Campaign for Southern Equality.

More than 2.6 million LGBTQ adults live in the South according to data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

And existing research points toward LGBTQ health disparities in the South, especially H.I.V. “The crisis is most acute in Southern states, which hold 37 percent of the country’s population and as of 2014 accounted for 54 percent of all new H.I.V. diagnoses,” according to reporting from the NY Times.

“Ultimately, we’re working to increase access to LGBTQ-friendly health care in the South. The survey findings will inform creating training materials and models of LGBTQ-friendly care for Southern health care providers. Our goal is that every LGBTQ person in the South could access the care they need in their hometown,” says Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality.

The survey is part of the Southern LGBTQ Health Initiative, a collaboration between the Campaign for Southern Equality and Western NC Community Health Services to increase access to LGBTQ-friendly health care in the South.

“In many places across the rural South, culturally competent primary care services are just not available for many in the LGBTQ community. This needs to change, and this is one step in that direction,” says Scott Parker, Director of Development and Collaboration, Western NC Community Health Services.

The survey is available in English and Spanish and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Any LGBTQ person who lives in the South and is 18 years or older is eligible to take the survey.

The direct links to the survey are at:



Supporting Partners for this project include:

Equality North Carolina

Gender Benders

South Carolina Equality

Latinos in the Deep South

Transcend Memphis

The Montrose Center

Queer Appalachia

The PAIGE Memphis



Transcend Charlotte

Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus

Twin Oaks Gathering

Beer City Sisters

AIDS Services Coalition

Dr. Amy Murphy-Nugen

Transform Houston

Nelwat Ishkamewe

Mississippi Rising Coalition

Birmingham AIDS Outreach

Mississippi Positive Network

Central Alabama Pride

Comunity Estrella


Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Campaign for Southern Equality is a non-profit organization that advocates for full LGBTQ equality across the South.