Black Hills Center for Equality, Inc. was formed in August of 2008 to meet the needs for a frontier LGBTQA community. We wish to thank the groups of people who helped blaze the trail for us to follow. We are a dynamic group of individuals striving for acceptance and equality for all people in this great nation.
Our mission is to provide support, conections and advocacy to the GLBT community and beyond. We currently serve the western half of South Dakota. South Dakota has a population base of approx. 900,000.
We offer programs to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of our community.These programs are funded solely through private donations and small grants.
Our current programs include suicide prevention and crisis intervention, referrals to other CBO's to meet the needs of our clients not provided by us, Referrals for HIV Testing and support and active participation in state wide prevention planning for HIV and STI's.
Our volunteers are also active in the community providing support services for two large area marathons.
We also offer education and awareness programs to the community. We are exploring affiliation with SAGEusa.org and have began the process of becoming an full member.
We offer refferals for transgender individuals seeking services and have an active Trans support group.
Black Hills Pride is celebrated each year on the second Saturday of July.
This year's event was attended by over 700 ndividuals. Since 1995, 3 Pride events have been held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, just a few miles from us. We participate in a statewide EQuality Summit, to be Held In Sioux Falls, SD on September 9-10th of this year. Plans are underway to support the first exhibit of it's kind in South Dakota next year, Blake Little's Photos of the Gay Rodeo.