Mission

The mission of The Center for Equality is to protect and support the rights and well being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender South Dakotans and their families.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Robert Frost, American Poet - 1874-1963

Purpose: Why We Exist

Expose

There are thousands of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) men and women living in Sioux Falls. Perhaps you even know a few. Many of them feel alienated and afraid to come out because of the lack of public support and understanding. We seek to engage the community by shining a light on LGBT men and women in Sioux Falls, rather than being invisible. CFE plans to do this through a variety of events and open discussions.

Support

Not everyone has a good support system when facing challenges in their life. Several people feel alone and isolated when coming out and they may feel they have nowhere to turn to. CFE is here for those people who need it, even if it’s just to talk. It’s amazing how much a simple conversation can do.

Educate

LGBT students are 3.4 times more likely to have attempted suicide in the last year than their peers. This is unacceptable. LGBT’s shouldn’t be afraid of who they are, nor be bullied or mistreated. Nobody should feel less than another because of their orientation. Our goal is to educate the larger community on the issues and needs of LGBT men and women. Studies have found that connectedness, caring adults and school safety serve as protective factors from suicide for LGBT individuals.

Thrive

The Center for Equality doesn’t just want to fight against current problems that LGBT’s face, we want to fight to make the Sioux metro area a friendly, peaceful place or all LGBT members. We have hopes to do so by providing ways that LGBT’s can thrive in their careers, relationships and health. CFE is here to protect the effectiveness and future of our organization, done so by refining our mission, and maintaining a high-quality financial and administrative base.

Goals

  • Create safety for LGBT South Dakotans
  • Educate the larger community about the needs of the LGBT community
  • Provide resources to the LGBT community that promote health and well being
  • Make the LGBT community visible
  • Protect the effectiveness and future of our statewide LGBT organization by striving for excellence in all we do by increasing participation, refining our mission, and maintaining a high-quality financial and administrative base

Upcoming Events

 

Recent Posts

 
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