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.
Purpose: Why We Exist
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.
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.
LGBT students are 3.4 times more likely to have attempted suicide in the last year than their straight 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.
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.
- 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