Laughing Gull Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBTQ Southerners
Durham, NC – The Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) is pleased to announce the approval of $1,905,000 in grants to be awarded in 2022 to 31 organizations advancing justice for the LGBTQ community in the U.S. South from its LGBTQ+ Equality Fund.
“Across the South, LGBTQ+ people and communities are at the forefront of powerful justice movements. Our grantee partners are radically transforming policies and culture to move us past oppression, inequality, and brutality and towards a society that is rooted in inclusion, equal opportunity, and justice for everyone."
– Dr. LaTonya Penny, LGF Chief Executive
LGF's LGBTQ+ Equality Grantmaking Program funds organizations that advance LGBTQ+ equality—ensuring all people can safely and authentically pursue full lives, free of discrimination—and is grounded in an approach that employs multiple strategies and invests in everything from direct services to direct action. The current portfolio of grantee partners reaffirms LGF’s commitment to organizations focused on the principles of racial equity and who are led by, serving, and building power for the breadth of diversity of the LGBTQ community, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; transgender and gender expansive people; immigrants, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated persons; and other system-affected communities.
"Now, more than ever, we must invest in the phenomenal organizations that are working to safeguard protections for LGBTQ+ Southerners and advance equality and justice. These groups are fighting not only for our rights, but for our lives. We are humbled by their unflinching, sustained action to combat marginalization and hate showing up in nearly all sectors. LGF hopes that these commitments will inspire other grantmakers to meaningfully support LGBTQ+ equality and justice in communities across the South."
– Christopher J. Cuevas, LGBTQ+ Equality Program Manager
LGF’s 2022 LGBTQ+ Equality Fund grants were made to the following organizations:
ACLU of NC Legal Foundation – Raleigh, North Carolina
Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations – Southern Regional
Campaign for Southern Equality – Southern Regional
Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern Equality Fund – Southern Region
Comfrey Films (formerly House of Pentacles) – Durham, North Carolina
Diversity Richmond – Richmond, Virginia
El Centro Hispano, Inc. – Durham, North Carolina
Equality Federation Institute – Southern Regional
Equality North Carolina Foundation – North Carolina
Equality Virginia – Virginia
Freedom Center for Social Justice – Charlotte, North Carolina
Funders for LGBTQ Issues Out in the South Initiative – Southern Regional
*Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center – Southern Regional
Health Brigade – Richmond, Virginia
National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference – Southern Regional
Nationz Foundation, Inc. – Richmond, Virginia
OUTRight Youth of Catawba Valley – Hickory, North Carolina
Side by Side – Richmond, Virginia
Southerners on New Ground – Atlanta, Georgia
Southern Vision Alliance – Durham, North Carolina
Time Out Youth – Charlotte, North Carolina
Trans Justice Funding Project – Southern Regional
Tranzmission – Asheville, North Carolina
* denotes new grantees
For more information on LGF's LGBTQ+ Equality Grantmaking program's strategies, approaches, priorities, and impact, please click below.