The second annual Dakotas' Equality Summit is taking place in downtown Sioux Falls this weekend. It's a chance for local LGBT individuals and their families and friends to come together for some fellowship, learning, and growth.
Adam Jorgensen from NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota says the summit is a multi-state organization that aims to teach about the LGBT community and the issues the community faces. He says last year it was held in Rapid City and they were happy to see about 100 people from across the states show up in the dead of winter! Jorgensen says there will be different speakers, including some celebrities, to talk about their experience, whether someone is sharing their story of coming out, parents sharing about their children, or people sharing about how they've overcome some obstacle. He added that there are also resources available to HR departments in businesses to understand how to better handle situations that may come up in the workplace. There will also be HIV testing between each seminar for people to take advantage of for free.
Baron Wolfgang from the Center for Equality says there are many resources available on their website, including support groups, for individuals and family members.
The Dakotas' Equality Summit will be September 9 and 10 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Sioux Falls. Registration is $80 and includes meals. More information can be found here.