Register here today:

* We want to remain financially accessible to our community. Housing, events and food are free of cost to participants as long as you register in time! 

You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to come together & build community with LGBTQ Fab-ulachians from across our region

Agenda Sneak Peak

Friday Nov. 10: Arrive @ 5:00pm followed by Dinner at 6:00pm, welcome & bonfire!

Saturday Nov. 11: Learnings from the first year of Out in the South: Central Appalachia; In-depth community analysis of needs and issues for LGBTQ people; Skill & community building across state lines & a big dance party/drag show/ open mic to close the night. 

Sunday Nov 12: Synthesis of the weekend's work together, skill workshops, lunch and departure @ 1:00 pm

Stuff to Bring
  • Highlander provides all meals, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and we'll provide some snacks--bring any additional snacks you need, especially if you have dietary needs.
  • Highlander provides basic linens including sheets, towel, blanket and pillow. If you need an extra pillow or blanket or teddy bear--bring it!
  • Pocket change for our fundraising workshops (you'll see)
  • An item/story/art significant to your identity, culture, family, etc that you'd like to share
  • Materials from your local organization, group, or community to share with others
  • Any medications or supplies you need, Highlander is about 15 minutes from the closest grocery store, pharmacy or doctor's office
  • I'm sure we'll think of other stuff too, so just bring what ya need!

For specific questions, feel free to contact the Project Director, Kendall Bilbrey at

*If you've never been to the Highlander Center before, you'll see what we meant about the rocking chairs :) 

Join Appalachian Community Fund for a regional gathering celebrating the LGBTQIA+ Community in Central Appalachia. Together, we will continue creating an inter-generational space where we connect, learn, and share our stories. 

The goal of the Out in the South Initiative: Central Appalachia Regional Gathering is to share the information we've learned at our four state-based gatherings, deeper our networks and create the next steps in our plan for supporting and sustaining LGBTQIA+ organizations and individuals in our region. 

Please visit our Facebook Page for more information about this event and to join our online community.