The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation, released its first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in South Dakota.
South Dakota is one of 32 states in the country that lacks explicit state-level workplace protections for all LGBT employees. South Dakota lacks basic statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Work continues on efforts to pass those protections at the municipal level, to build statewide support for LGBT equality, and to stop legislation that would allow discrimination against LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
"The SEI for South Dakota shows LGBT do not have protections against discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations," said Lawrence Novotny, Chair of Equality South Dakota. "Even though our state just won marriage equality, a person in South Dakota can still be legally fired for being married to a same-sex person. There is still a lot of work to do in South Dakota both on the legislative level and the local level to address inequalities in discrimination against LGBT."
The full report, including detailed scorecards for every state, is available online at www.hrc.org/sei. On January 26, the Equality Federation (EqSD is a member) has launched a week-long educational campaign to bring attention to state disparities in LGBT protections.
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Congratulations Nancy and Jen - and the other five couples.
This is such a sweet day.
We're thrilled, and looking forward to getting the legal lowdown on what's really happened this weekend at the Dakotas Equality Summit.
Come hear all about it, meet Judy Shepard, and the rest of supports of the LGBT community in Rapid City on Friday.
The Equality Summit this weekend will not be one to miss, especially with this great news. What a party it will be.
There is wonderful news out of the City of Brookings!
BROOKINGS, SD - The Brookings Police Department is always looking for ways to become more involved with the community -- and a new position could do just that. It now has a liaison for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in the city to give them a safe person to talk with if they feel they're in danger.
Should Rapid City and Sioux Falls consider a similar move?