Transgender Workplace Equality Day Announced by Southern Comfort Conference and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Atlanta, June 24, 2013Southern Comfort Conference and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates announced today that they will collaborate to host a Workplace Equality Day at the 2013 Southern Comfort Conference to support the transgender community through increased education, networking and collaboration on workplace issues. The Southern Comfort Conference is one of the largest gatherings of the Transgender community, taking place September 4-8.

The Out & Equal Workplace Equality Track will take place September 6, featuring two plenary sessions with leaders from the transgender community. Six workshops will be offered focused on: understanding workplace benefit, legal aspects of employment, transitioning in the workplace, securing employment, creating allies for the transgender community, and diversity within the LGBT community. Out & Equal will be showcasing its LGBT CareerLink service onsite to guide participants in finding employment.

“Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is proud to partner with Southern Comfort Conference to create a day focused on workplace equality for the Transgender community,” said Teddy Witherington, Out & Equal’s Chief Marketing Officer.  “The transgender community continues to face the highest unemployment rate in the United States. Out & Equal is committed to creating more equitable work environments and more employment opportunities for the Transgender community through our diversity training programs, our Transgender Advisory Committee, and Out & Equal’s LGBTCareerLink, which connects diversity employers with LGBT employees."

"We at Southern Comfort are excited and honored to be collaborating with Out & Equal," said Alexis Dee, 2013 Southern Comfort Chairperson. "Thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated people, Out & Equal Day at Southern Comfort is going to become a reality!"

Please contact Alexis Dee at for a media pass to the Southern Comfort Conference.


One of the premier LGBT events in the country, Southern Comfort is entering its 23rd year. It will be held from September 4th through the 8th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza @ Ravinia, Atlanta Georgia.

One of our missions at SCC is to provide the LGBT community with the needed Information to help them make intelligent decisions that may have life altering effects. This comes in the form of three days of intensive seminars. Many of the best doctors, therapists, voice coaches, and other professionals catering specifically to our attendees needs, will be in attendance.


Founded by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (commonly known as “Out & Equal”) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Out & Equal believes that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more than 13 years, Out & Equal has been working with organizations to create places of employment whose cultures embrace the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and those who support them.

Out & Equal mobilizes tens of thousands of corporate employees, managers and executives in Out & Equal Regional Affiliate Networks and their Employee Resource Group Registry. Through LGBTCareerLink, an online job search and career development portal, Out & Equal serves diversity-friendly employers and LGBT job seekers. Out & Equal has earned the trust and respect of LGBT employees and employers for producing the best attended, most informative and inspiring summit on LBGT workplace issues held annually in a selected city in the USA. The 2013 Workplace Summit will be held in Minneapolis, MN from October 29-31. More information is available online at