Our Unwavering Dedication to the Transgender Community
Yesterday was International Transgender Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. It’s an annual holiday that takes place March 31st, and was founded by Rachel Crandall, trans- activist in 2009.
The Center for Equality wants the transgender community to know we will never stop fighting for you. We fought tirelessly alongside our community during the recent legislative session against anti-transgender house bill 1008 among a package of discriminatory bills. In collaboration with so many organizations like ACLU – South Dakota, Equality South Dakota, and Black Hills Center for Equality, we became one united voice for the transgender community – one that hadn’t been heard at this volume before. We were grateful to have the Governor accept our invitation to meet transgender individuals, so that they could share their stories with him, and we took pride in being an organization people looked to when it came to the personal lives that bills like HB 1008 affect. We’ve always been supportive of the transgender community, specifically through The T – Support Group, and hosting events like Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) – an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, and by organizing a Visibility Day in Pierre last month to support transgender kids.
Our organization is looking forward to its continued work with the LGBTQ community. We were proud to be featured on the cover of April’s 605 Magazine for our hard work and dedication in South Dakota, and in that magazine you can read about our new campaign set to launch April 21st called What’s Your Center? We also expanded The T – Support Group, by adding an additional group for transgender youth, and contracting a licensed therapist to facilitate those meetings. We look forward to talking more with TransAction South Dakota, a new transgender specific advocacy organization about how we can work together in the future. In addition to that, The Center is hard at work planning Sioux Falls Pride 2017! Keep following us on Facebook & Twitter, and make sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter for all the latest news. As always, contact The Center for Equality anytime with questions, comments, or support.