Since 2000, The Center for Equality has been working to protect and support the rights and well-being of LGBTQ South Dakotan’s and their families. For the past several months, we have been working to reshape our focus to what our community has been most engaged in – Sioux Falls Pride. Sioux Falls Pride’s mission has been to celebrate our diversity and shape a community to be more welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ people.
Last year, we saw a turning point in Sioux Falls: businesses throughout the city widely embraced LBGTQ pride by actively getting involved in the occasion. These businesses saw the importance and value of building a diverse and accepting city. As a result, Sioux Falls Pride moved beyond the park festival and could be felt across the entire city. We feel it’s important to build off this momentum to make Sioux Falls more than just a safe place for LGBTQ people, but a welcoming place.
We’re proud of what the Center for Equality has accomplished since its inception. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all current and past volunteers, board members, and allies who have worked tirelessly, endlessly, and selflessly to support and protect the rights and well-being of LGBTQ South Dakotans. We will all continue as advocates fighting for this same mission under a new name and focus – Sioux Falls Pride.
Our board member, Reina Parker, continues to contribute to Sioux Falls Pride in addition to her community involvement serving on the DSS SD Youth Suicide Prevention Project Advisory Committee, City of Sioux Falls Human Relations Commission and the Charter for Compassion Committee. Parker also serves as a liaison to Sioux Falls Police Department, is certified in ‘Be Proud, Be Responsible Sex Education’ for young adults ages 14-17 and is certified in Families Talking Together – an education program for parents of young adults ages 10-17 on how to talk to their youth about sexual delay and responsibility. You can reach Parker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sioux Falls Pride will continue to invest in opportunities supporting the LGBTQ community in ways that are sustainable.
For more information on Sioux Falls Pride, visit us at siouxfallspride.org and stay connect with us on our social channels.
We appreciate and value your support and look forward to your continued support.
Sioux Falls Pride Board of Directors