Equality South Dakota is rebooting!

Although EqSD has not gone away, we have seen some years of challenges as the political headwinds in Pierre have been considerable.

However, the first few months of 2014 have given our radical cause of, you know, fair treatment for everyone, a new momentum.

Recent gains for marriage equality nationwide, legislation in Pierre aimed directly against the LGBT community, and a hate crime in Rapid City are refocusing our resolve to move forward for equality for all South Dakotans.

Equality South Dakota was there in Pierre, testifying against SB 128 and reminding our fine legislators that bills like this are no acceptable in South Dakota. SB 128 was shelved in committee.

In our local communities, great things are happening: The Centers for Equality in Sioux Falls and the Black Hills Center For Equality have seen new interest and new energy. A new group in Rapid City has formed to coordinate efforts, the Black Hills Coalition for Equality.

These developments are encouraging, but we also need a statewide voice, and Equality South Dakota is ready to get going.  Our website is back up, and with support from PFund (for which we are very grateful!) Equality South Dakota is holding a reboot and reorganize meeting in Chamberlain, SD on May 10, 2014.

If you are as happy to see all this activity as we are, we urge you to Like us on Facebook. Email us for more information or to get on our email list at info@eqsd.org.

EqSD Statement At the Rapid City Rally For Safety

Read at the Rapid City Rally For Safety, held on April 4, 2014.

Martin Luther King Jr, was right when he said that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  — but that arc does not bend by itself: to move forward, we need to all get together and push!  

You may remember the very close state election in 2006 over a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions of any kind. This amendment was direct attack on the LGBT community and their friends. Although many of us worked tirelessly in the campaign to block it, it passed — but only by 2 percent. We were disappointed, but the results told us that it was time to take steps to move the state forward on equality — so with the help of the Gill Foundation, the Equality Federation, PFund, and others, we founded a statewide political organization, Equality South Dakota.  At that time we also started the non-political Equality South Dakota Foundation (for education and outreach), and Equality South Dakota PAC (to directly support candidates on our side during elections).