We Decide Who We Are. We Decide Who We Love. We Decide How We Survive and Thrive.
Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. We believe that we are bound together by a shared desire for ourselves, each other, and our communities to survive and thrive. We believe that Community Organizing is the best way for us to build collective power and transform the South. Out of this belief we are committed to building freedom movements rooted in southern traditions like community organizing, political education, storytelling, music, breaking bread, resistance, humor, performance, critical thinking, and celebration.
The Legacy and Dream of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer communities as committed to liberation, dignity, and safety for all people must be remembered, amplified, and carried forward….
SONG builds a beloved community of LGBTQ people in the South who are ready and willing to do our part to challenge oppression in order to bring about liberation for ALL people.
SONG develops leadership, builds our membership base, and identifies and carries out community organizing projects and campaigns. All of our work strives to bring together marginalized communities to work towards justice and liberation for all people.
In particular, we build coalitions and alliances with other People of Color, Immigrant, Working Class, and LGBTQ communities. To make the strengths of our communities and work visible, we amplify stories of LGBTQ Liberation and resistance from our work in the stronghold of the conservative rightwing—the South.