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Equality South Dakota has joined a host of other national, state and local organizations in a pledge for full LGBT equality. This network is working for the passage of omnibus LGBT equality legislation that grants full non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity equal to those accorded other statuses under existing civil rights laws and Supreme Court jurisprudence, specifically including:
To read the entire pledge and see a list of supporting organizations, go to www.actonprinciples.org/
The website has been brought back up (this involved some long-overdue software updates and bit of web magic). So, we can now again post articles to help get the word out about what is happening for our movement in South Dakota, and around the Nation.
Unfortunately, there are some buttons that are out of order (like the Donate or Volunteer buttons, for example). But we're just glad to be back. Equality South Dakota is on the move again!
Hurray to the Rapid City Journal for writing and publishing this story of love and acceptance.
Crecelius’ wife Debbie encouraged him to talk about the revelation, and accept that he was born intersex. [He] revealed to her wife that she had always felt more like a woman than a man. After many deep and difficult conversations with her wife, the couple decided that Crecelius should express herself as female.
This story reaches to the heart of what our movement is about. We have our own identity, who we are, where we come from, but at the root of all of it we are all human and deserve fair treatment, dignity and respect.
And when we get what we deserve, the world is a better place.
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.