When you finally embrace the gift of your sexual orientation it is the end; the end of shame, fear and oppression. You leave the darkness of the closet and begin a life of honesty, authenticity and freedom.
Anthony Venn-Brown, Gay ambassador and former evangelist - 1951-Present

The Helpline Center

The Helpline Centers mission is making lives better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections. They provide suicide and crisis support among several others and are available 24 hours/7 days a week.


If you are or know someone who is contemplating suicide or need crisis support, don’t hesitate to call 2-1-1 immediately.

Counseling Services

Below are counseling services that specifically have experience with LGBT cases.

Sioux Falls Seminary

Recommended counselors with LGBT areas of special interest.

  • Robyn Shores Foster
  • Anne Dilenschneider

Website: sfpsychological.org
Phone: 605-334-2696

Family Service, Inc.

Recommended counselors with LGBT areas of special interest.

  • Mary Eggelston
  • Connie Nelson

Website: sdfsi.org/
Phone: 605-332-1700

Tina Harp

Experience with LGBT issues and gender matters.

Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).

Website: tinaharp.com/
Phone: 605-759-1516

Richard Seaman

Counselor in private practice since 1984

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

2900 E 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: 605-339-6949


The Center For Equality recognizes the dangers of bullying and supports bullying prevention programs. LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who in turn. were more likely to respond effectively (source). The Sioux Falls school district introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in 2011 and has seen bullying reports go down since.  For more information on the Olweus Program visit their website.