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With lots of help from Asio Studio, Equality South Dakota’s website is back up.  Equality South Dakota, Equality South Dakota Institute and Equality South Dakota PAC are all back.

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EqSD at Sioux Falls Pride!

Attendees at Sioux Falls Pride on June 18 were intrigued with Equality South Dakota’s “potty police” booth.   The potty police theme directed the voters attention to this last legislative session whereby legislators passed HB 1008 (the transgender bathroom bill) which was voted by Governor Daugaard.

EqSD handed out their tally of the legislators voting record on LGBT bills.  (You can get it here!)

Some Pride attendees opted to have their photo taken with our fine toilet:

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EqSD also had a game whereby kiddies tossed ping-pong balls into a child’s potty chair to win candy.

Equality South Dakota booth at SuFu Price 2016

Lawrence, Mandie, and Miller staff the booth



Many thanks to Mandie of Dakota Dunes and Miller from Rapid City for helping to design and staff EqSD’s booth.

The Falls in color for Pride!

The Falls in color for Pride!

(many thanks to EqSD chair Lawrence Navotny for the report)


Documentary on gay mass murder to be screened in Sioux Falls June 26

IndiEvents will be screening the South Dakota premiere of Upstairs Inferno which up until last weekend was the largest gay mass murder in the U.S.

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.   Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy.

Up until the unfortunate Orlando shootings this last June 12,  the New Orleans fire was the largest mass murder of gays in the U.S.  We have seen the Orlando shootings in national and international media coverage.   In contrast, when it was learned that the New Orleans fire involved a gay party, it was swept under the rug and the arsonist was never charged.

Upstairs Inferno will be shown Sunday evening, June 26, at Club David in Sioux Falls starting at 6 pm.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO – Trailer 2 [HD] (www.UpstairsInferno.com) from Camina Entertainment on Vimeo.