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Preparing for what lies ahead in South Dakota

What a year 2021 was for LGBTQ+ advocates in South Dakota.

Yet, even with everything going on in the world, our community fought back and celebrated important victories for LGBTQ+ people across the state.

Like Vermillion’s recently adopted policy that establishes more inclusive restrooms in the Vermillion school district and the fact that we once again ended the year with no anti-trans laws on the books. It was exhausting, but we did it.

That’s why we want to take a moment to express our gratitude to you for making it happen.

Thank you for rising up in solidarity with communities everyday. If it weren’t for you, we would not be where we are today in the fight for true equality.

So, what’s next?

Right now, we are gearing up for what is expected to be one of the toughest legislative seasons we’ve seen in years. The South Dakota legislature is no stranger to anti-LGBTQ+ policies and harmful rhetoric. Some politicians have already started their attacks on our community – but we know you’re ready and willing to fight back.

We set an ambitious goal of $10,000. Let's make it happen!

Equality South Dakota has big plans in store for 2022. After expanding our board this last year to 16 active members, we are aiming to better inform our community on potentially harmful legislation with actionable steps to defeat them, host more community building events like Family Day on the Farm, and create a sustainable program to educate community members on how to be strong allies year-round. The investments we’re making right now will secure our ability to make South Dakota better for all people.

When we come together, collaborate, and support one another — that is where true resilience lies in our movement. Ready to keep the fight for equality moving forward? Donate today!

Your gift, of any amount, will better position Equality South Dakota to support statewide advocacy efforts and defend the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ South Dakotans and their families.

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