Human Rights Campaign


http://www.hrc.org/
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.
Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

Equality South Dakota


http://www.eqsd.org/
Equality South Dakota is a statewide advocacy organization developed by men and women across South Dakota who are dedicated to achieving equality for all people with respect to their sexual orientation and gender identity. Our membership includes thousands of supporters from not only this state but across the nation.

Freedom to Marry


http://www.freedomtomarry.org/
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Freedom to Marry was launched in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, the civil rights attorney generally considered the architect of the national marriage equality movement. From a prophetic vision once shared by only a few, the marriage movement has rapidly gained traction with the American public. In the past decade, we secured the freedom to marry in 16 states and the District of Columbia, built a majority of robust and diverse majority of Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples, and created the climate to allow the United States Supreme Court to strike down the central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

Matthew Shepard Foundation


http://www.matthewshepard.org/
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded in December 1998 by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.

Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
The Foundation focuses on three primary areas: Erasing Hate in our society, putting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Youth First and ensuring Equality for all LGBT Americans.

PFLAG National

http://www.pflag.org
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy. PFLAG now has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. – See more

PFLAG Sioux Falls


http://www.pflagsd.org
PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends. PFLAG provides opportunity for talking about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

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Mailing Address Update!
The Center for Equality has transitioned to a remote-only volunteer board of directors. We no longer have a physical space at the Bakery, but gladly accept mail at our new address: P.O. BOX 2403 Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Our Unwavering Dedication to the Transgender Community
Yesterday was International Transgender Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. It’s an annual holiday that takes place March 31st, and was founded by Rachel Crandall, trans- activist in 2009. The Center for Equality wants the transgender community to know we will
Transgender South Dakotans have met with the Governor
The Center for Equality is grateful to have met with Governor Daugaard this afternoon, Tuesday the 23rd of February. In a small conference room in the Capital, transgender people and family shared their personal stories with the Governor and explained how House Bill 1008 will negatively affect their lives if it becomes law. “I believe
“Equality IS a South Dakota value.”
“Frustration, disappointment, pain – The three words that our community uses to describe these extreme and discriminatory bills from our legislature. Each new year brings excitement for many South Dakotans. But January looks very different for those in the LGBT community. As the legislative session begins, and the bills introduced make their way to our
The Ruthless and Endless Attacks on the LGBT Community
Article reposed from Argus Leader March 20, 2015 by Thomas Christiansen The purpose of our Legislature is to pass laws to make South Dakota a better, safer, healthier place to live. However, some have made it their goal to use the legislative process to place roadblocks in the path of the LGBT community and then