Laughing Gull Foundation Commits $1.98 Million in Grants to Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBT

Laughing Gull Foundation Commits $1.98 Million in Grants to Organizations Advancing Justice for LGBTQ Southerners

Durham, NC – The Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) is pleased to announce the approval of $1,980,000 in grants to be awarded in 2021 to 30 organizations advancing justice for the LGBTQ community in the U.S. South from its LGBTQ Equality Fund.

“We are honored to be able to continue our investment in the work of stellar organizations with a vision of LGBTQ equality as well as racial equity, and to provide multi-year, general operating support to the majority of our grantees.”
– Meg Baesmith, LGF Board President
LGF’s LGBTQ Equality Program funds an ecosystem of organizations that support LGBTQ equality and is grounded in an approach that supports multiple ways of nurturing and advancing equality for LGBTQ people. The portfolio 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.

"It is a privilege to partner with phenomenal organizations working to advance equity for LGBTQ Southerners. Whether they are providing critical services for LGBTQ young people, raising a crop of emerging LGBTQ activists in the South, or taking our fights to the courtrooms and legislative floor, we are humbled to work in support of these critical change agents.
– Christopher J. Cuevas, LGBTQ Equality Program Officer
LGF’s 2021 LGBTQ Equality Fund grants were made to the following organizations. For further details, please visit LGF’s website or contact Christopher J. Cuevas, LGBTQ Equality Program Officer, at
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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
Diversity Richmond – Richmond, Virginia
El Centro Hispano, Inc. – Durham, North Carolina
Equality Federation Institute’s Victory South Initiative – Southern Regional
Equality North Carolina Foundation – North Carolina
Equality Virginia – Virginia
Equality Virginia’s Transgender Visibility Initiative – Virginia
Freedom Center for Social Justice – Charlotte, North Carolina
Funders for LGBTQ Issues Out in the South Initiative – Southern Regional
Health Brigade – Richmond, Virginia
*House of Pentacles – Durham, North Carolina
Horizons Foundation’s Give Out Day – Southern Regional
LGBT Center of Raleigh, Inc. – Raleigh, North Carolina
LGBT Life Center – Virginia Beach, Virginia
LGBTQ Center of Durham – Durham, North Carolina
*The Movement for Black Lives’ Black Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex Task Force – Southern Regional
National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference – Southern Regional
Nationz Foundation, Inc. – Richmond, Virginia
OUTRight Youth of Catawba Valley – Hickory, North Carolina
SHIFT NC – Durham, 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
Virginia Anti-Violence Project – Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities – Richmond, Virginia
Youth OUTRight of Western North Carolina, Inc. – Asheville, North Carolina