||THE CENTER for Equality
The below is from The Center For Equality website.
Visit them at thecenterforequality.org
The Center for Equality is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers that advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and provide an outlet to find friends, support and entertainment. Currently The Center's crew is comprised of proud LGBT socialites, creative minds and allies of the LGBT community of Sioux Falls, SD. The Center has hosted several events to raise funds for the organization itself and other organizations such as the AIDS Benevolence Fund and Sioux Fall Pride.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or
his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they
can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes
more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
Nelson Mandella, Anti-apartheid revolutionary,
politician, and philanthropist - 1918-2013
More information about our events, board members and our organization as a whole can be found throughout the site. We value your support, recognition and acceptance. If you would like to contribute by getting involved, we are always accepting applications for volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer and would still like to show your support, we also accept donations. Every little bit helps and goes toward making Sioux Falls and the surrounding area a safer and a better environment for the LGBT community to flourish.
Mission, Purpose & Goals
The mission of The Center for Equality is to protect and support the rights and well being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender South Dakotans and their families. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
"Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
Robert Frost, American Poet - 1874-1963.
Purpose: Why We Exist
There are thousands of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) men and women living in Sioux Falls. Perhaps you even know a few. Many of them feel alienated and afraid to come out because of the lack of public support and understanding. We seek to engage the community by shining a light on LGBT men and women in Sioux Falls, rather than being invisible. CFE plans to do this through a variety of events and open discussions.
Not everyone has a good support system when facing challenges in their life. Several people feel alone and isolated when coming out and they may feel they have nowhere to turn to. CFE is here for those people who need it, even if it's just to talk. It's amazing how much a simple conversation can do.
LGBT students are 3.4 times more likely to have attempted suicide in the last year than their straight peers. This is unacceptable. LGBT's shouldn't be afraid of who they are, nor be bullied or mistreated. Nobody should feel less than another because of their orientation. Our goal is to educate the larger community on the issues and needs of LGBT men and women. Studies have found that connectedness, caring adults and school safety serve as protective factors from suicide for LGBT individuals.
The Center for Equality doesn't just want to fight against current problems that LGBT's face, we want to fight to make the Sioux metro area a friendly, peaceful place or all LGBT members. We have hopes to do so by providing ways that LGBT's can thrive in their careers, relationships and health. CFE is here to protect the effectiveness and future of our organization, done so by refining our mission, and maintaining a high-quality financial and administrative base.
- Create safety for LGBT South Dakotans
- Educate the larger community about the needs of the LGBT community
- Provide resources to the LGBT community that promote health and well being
- Make the LGBT community visible
- Protect the effectiveness and future of our statewide LGBT organization by striving for excellence in all we do by increasing participation, refining our mission, and maintaining a high-quality financial and administrative base
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