SDLRC - 2020 Senate Commemoration 827 - SD Legislature Celebrating the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Community of South Dakota.
A LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATION,
LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Community of South Dakota.
approximately 20,000 adults, or three percent of the population,
identify as LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit in South Dakota as of 2015, with
uncounted numbers of youth identifying as LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit. With
nearly a dozen Pride Festivals held annually across the state of
South Dakota, ranging from public parades and fairs to one-day
educational events, it is clear that LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit advocates
have been hard at work over the last few decades; and
the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community shows their resilience and
strength every day by living their truth to combat discrimination and
misrepresentation. In South Dakota, LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit persons
remain an unprotected class and therefore may face legal
discrimination. We celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of
the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community while acknowledging how far they
have come to shift the narrative of their existence in this state;
we commend organizations like the Black Hills Center for Equality,
Pierre Area Center for Equality, Sioux Falls Pride, the ACLU of South
Dakota, and Equality South Dakota for their efforts to educate and
empower their fellow South Dakotans. The growth of these
organizations should be a beacon of hope for the LGBTQ+ community and
their allies across South Dakota; and
we sincerely thank the communities of Brookings, Deadwood, Pierre,
Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Vermillion, and Watertown for
leading South Dakota in inclusive excellence. We are ever grateful
for the organizations and individuals in communities across this
state for volunteering countless hours to bring visibility,
education, and acceptance to the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit communities in
our state; and
pride festivals and educational events across South Dakota have
brought tourists from all over the region into our state, boosted
local economies, and provided community events for countless South
THEREFORE, BE IT COMMEMORATED, by the Ninety-Fifth Legislature of the
State of South Dakota, that the Legislature celebrates and recognizes
the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community and their combined efforts
towards equality for every South Dakotan.
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