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.