When you finally embrace the gift of your sexual orientation it is the end; the end of shame, fear and oppression. You leave the darkness of the closet and begin a life of honesty, authenticity and freedom.
Anthony Venn-Brown, Gay ambassador and former evangelist - 1951-Present

The Helpline Center

The Helpline Centers mission is making lives better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections. They provide suicide and crisis support among several others and are available 24 hours/7 days a week.


If you are or know someone who is contemplating suicide or need crisis support, don’t hesitate to call 2-1-1 immediately.

Counseling Services

Below are counseling services that specifically have experience with LGBT cases.

Sioux Falls Seminary

Recommended counselors with LGBT areas of special interest.

  • Robyn Shores Foster
  • Anne Dilenschneider

Website: sfpsychological.org
Phone: 605-334-2696

Family Service, Inc.

Recommended counselors with LGBT areas of special interest.

  • Mary Eggelston
  • Connie Nelson

Website: sdfsi.org/
Phone: 605-332-1700

Tina Harp

Experience with LGBT issues and gender matters.

Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).

Website: tinaharp.com/
Phone: 605-759-1516

Richard Seaman

Counselor in private practice since 1984

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

2900 E 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: 605-339-6949


The Center For Equality recognizes the dangers of bullying and supports bullying prevention programs. LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who in turn. were more likely to respond effectively (source). The Sioux Falls school district introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in 2011 and has seen bullying reports go down since.  For more information on the Olweus Program visit their website.

Upcoming Events



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