Announcing the Rural Summit Series

May 2014


Contrary to widely held myths that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is largely living in affluent metropolitan areas, studies show a very different and more realistic picture. For a number of reasons, many gay and transgender people choose to live, work, and raise their families in the rural communities.

The True Colors Fund is partnering with The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Center for Lesbian Rights to host the LGBT Rural Summit Series. We invite you to join us for a day of engagement and information sharing:

Series Stop #1:
Friday June 6th – Greensboro, NC
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Building
North Carolina A&T State University
2907 East Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401

Series Stop #2:
Friday, July 11th – Lost River, WV
The Lost River Guest House
288 Settlers Valley Way, Lost River, WV 26810

Series Stop #3:
Friday, September 19th – Wayne, Nebraska
Gardner Auditorium, Gardner Business Building
Wayne State College Campus
1111 Main Street Wayne, NE 68787
Register here.

Series Stop #4:
Friday, October 10th – Baton Rouge, LA
Southern University and A&M College
Harris Hall Annex Room #119
801 Harding Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Register here.

Series Stop #5:
Saturday October 11th – Dallas, TX
Resource Center
2701 Reagan St. Dallas, TX 75219
Register here.

“We applaud the USDA for celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in rural communities across the country with this important series of summits,” said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. “LGBT youth comprise up to 40 percent of our nation’s homeless youth population. Those in rural comunities face incredibly unique challenges and are such an important and often overlooked part of this conversation. The True Colors Fund is proud to partner with the USDA and NCLR to highlight their stories as a part of the many experiences that LGBT people face in rural America.”

Please come out and learn more about the programs and services that the federal government offers to strengthen the daily lives of gay and transgender rural community members. From rural housing loans, community facility grants, SNAP benefits, youth programs, and community partnerships, there is something for everyone and we welcome the opportunity to learn more from you about the issues important to gay and transgender rural America.