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 state.
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,, fundraisers and small grants.
Our current programs include suicide prevention and crisis intervention referrals to other community based organizations 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. We also have a Transcendence Transgender support group that meets month.
In addition to advocacy work, we also sponsor social events throughout the year, including one of the largest Pride festivals in the state, Black Hills Pride. From starting quietly in the 1980s, we now anticipate over 2,000 attending a three-day slate of events that celebrates diversity in the hills.
For 2018, the majority of the funds will be earmarked towards supporting LGBTQ+ youth in the area, from Youth Pride, to the Free To Be Youth Support to other activies, we strive to help youth thrive!