EqSD Hires Legislative Organizer

Equality South Dakota is partnering with other organizations to defeat any anti-LGBTQ legislation this Session. These organizations include: ACLU-SD, The Center for Equality Sioux Falls, Black Hills Center for Equality, Transaction SD, and Human Rights Campaign.

About Zach

As part of this partnership, Equality SD has hired Zach Nistler as a legislative organizer. Some of Zach’s duties are: providing information on bills, encouraging people to contact legislators and attend legislative cracker barrels, organize and provide training on letter-writing campaigns, and organize trips to Pierre for Equality Day and (if necessary) for committee hearings on bills.

Zach has submitted this note of introduction:

I am excited to join Equality South Dakota as your organizer during the 2017 legislative season. I came to South Dakota to attend college at SDSU as a young gay man, there I fell in love with politics and the rewards and challenges of South Dakota. I have extensive organizing and political experience; from the White House where I worked with the White House lawyers and the office of Public Engagement to being the Executive Director of the South Dakota Democratic Party in 2015 to the campaign trail managing the Paula Hawks for U.S. House campaign. I look forward to working alongside you this legislative session to stop invasive and discriminatory legislation to the LGBT community and together we can make South Dakota a more inclusive and welcoming state. Buckle your seat belts. We are in for a wild ride!

As part of this partnership,  Zach will be working closely with our allies in Pierre. We’re strong together!

Legislative Page

Equality  SD  has created a separate page for the 2017 Legislative Session on its website:   http://eqsd.org/legislature-2017/    On this page you will find:

  • EqSD’s scoring of legislators as to which ones are deemed to be supportive, those deemed to be opposed, and the unknowns
  • How to find who your legislators are
  • How to communicate with legislators
  • A schedule of legislative cracker barrels
  • EqSD’s Legislative Day – save the date Feb 8
  • SD Public Radio link whereby you can listen to the debates of the committee hearings and floor action
  • Updates on legislative activity – Our first one is the Governor is opposed to another bathroom bill

The community makes this happen

Your support makes EqSD’s presence in Pierre possible. Please help support EqSD’s legislative efforts by joining and encouraging others to get on our email action list, and by providing financial support   http://eqsd.org/donate/.

EqSD Legislative Day – February 8, 2017

Hop on the Van for Equality!

LBGT Legislative Day in Pierre

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Please join us at Equality South Dakota’s Legislative Day

View 34  /  4251 East Highway 34  /  Pierre, South Dakota


1 – 2 p.m.

Democratic caucus meetings at State Capitol

2:30 – 5 pm

Briefing Meeting  at View 34

  • Discussion of legislative bills relevant to the  LGBT community
  • Training on the legislative and lobbying process
  • What can you do? Making change
  • Discussion of issues around the state

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Reception with the Legislators at View 34

  • All South Dakota legislators are invited.
  • Free hors d’oeuvres, Cash bar.

We need YOU to come and join us to keep the dialogue going.

Your legislators need to know you care about fairness and equality.

Leave around 7:30 am CT / 7:30 am MT and return around midnight.
Vans will stop to pick people up along I-90.
For Sioux Falls van, contact Zach at (320) 293-0006 or zenistler @gmail.com
For  Rapid City van, contact Patti at 605-206-0479 or  pmartinson @gmail.com
RSVP (include e-mail & cell phone) required for van transportation.

View and share the flyer: EqSD_Legislative_Day_2017

Legislative Cracker Barrels 2017

Comprehensive List of Cracker Barrels

These meetings are a chance to directly interact with your State legislators.

Where available, the city names below link to current information.


Saturdays, 10am- 12 noon Centennial Rooms of Northern State University

  • February 4th
  • February 11th
  • February 25th
  • March 4th

Belle Fourche

Saturdays, 1-3 pm, location to be determined

  • January 21st
  • February 4th



Saturdays, 9 am, City-County Government Bldg.

  • Saturday, January 28
  • Saturday, February 11
  • Saturday, February 25


Fridays at noon, Mitchell City Council Chambers, 612 N. Main St

Friday, January 27th

Friday, February 17th

Piedmont (Foothills)

Saturday, 2-4pm, Piedmont Valley American Legion

February 11th


Saturday, 9-10:30 am, Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room

January 21st

Rapid City

Saturdays, 9-11am, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

January 21st

February 4th

February 25th

March 4th


Monday (Presidents Day) at 2pm, Historical CNW Train Depot

February 20th

Sioux Falls

Legislative Coffees

Saturdays at 10am, Ramada Hotel & Suites, 1301 W Russell St

February 4th

February 11th

February 25th


Saturday, 9-11am, Vermillion City Hall

January 28th


Saturdays, 10-11am, Avera Sacred Heart Pavilion

January 21st

February 4th

February 25th