WORKING AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF RACE, CLASS, FAITH, SOCIAL JUSTICE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

Through established programs and initiatives that counter the effects of poverty and all forms of oppression, the Freedom Center for Social Justice addresses social, economic and other justice needs within the LGBTQ community, helping to create true culture change within communities, businesses, organizations and institutions that serve and connect to some of the most marginalized.

Key Program Areas

LGBTQ ADVOCACY AND CIVIL RIGHTS

The Freedom Center for Social Justice is involved in civil rights and social justice efforts nationwide, with a particular focus on the Southern states. We are currently engaged in the planning and organizational efforts of several key campaigns, including Moral Monday Movement which is led by the North Carolina NAACP and is a model of effective intersectional organizing for many other states.

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JOB READINESS AND PERSONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Gaining and maintaining quality employment has been consistently at the top of the list of concerns expressed by those who are impacted by transphobia and discrimination. Through partnerships with organizations like Campus Pride, The Powerhouse Project, RAIN and Time Out Youth, we are able to provide workshops and training opportunities that will not only make members of the group more employable, but also help to increase retention once employed.

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TRANSGENDER FAITH AND ACTION NETWORK

The newly established Transgender Faith and Action Network (TFAAN) is building upon past work done by the trans* people of color and faith who founded this effort. The network supports the work within organizations and communities to raise awareness, change policies, heal, network and shift culture. We are developing strategies for building the network and enhancing the benefit it will bring to those who are trans* and allies.

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LGBTQ ELDER SUPPORT

In partnership with Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE), The Freedom Center was selected to capture stories of LGBTQ Elders as a means of heightening awareness of their unique needs and abilities. Elders learn about rights and resources while exploring ways to enhance quality of life for themselves and their communities. The 2015 Charlotte cohort consists of 23 LGBTQ elders, ages 50-70, four of which are trans* identified.

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