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Southern States Global Impact Programming

The US Southern States is home to roughly one-third of all LGBTQ+ people in the country and many companies are shifting their headquarters and offices to the region. Yet, it is also the region of the US with the fewest legal protections, with record-breaking numbers of anti-LGBTQ+ legislative bills proposed and passed year after year. Officially launched in 2019, the Out & Equal Southern States program supports our partners to build cultures of belonging at work, taking into account the broader cultural context of the South and the daily realities LGBTQ+ workers and their families face.  

Out & Equal works closely with our key stakeholders to produce cutting-edge toolkits and guides and impactful forums and roundtables that bring together cross-sector leaders from the South to strategize together on innovative approaches to LGBTQ+ DEIB policies and practices. 

2023 Out & equal southern states forum


Global workplaces where all people are equal, belong, and thrive.


Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.