One of the few places to score worse than Aberdeen on LGBTQ-inclusive law and policy is Pierre, which scored a 0 out of 100, compared to Aberdeen’s 18, on the Human Rights Commission’s 2017 Municipal Equality Index. Some folks in Pierre are trying to catch up with Aberdeen and the 21st century.
The Pierre Area Center for Equality just launched a new website to advertise their activities, particularly their Pierre Area Pride Festival, planned for July 7 in our capital city. To raise money for that event, PACE is selling these snazzy t-shirts, with logo designed by PACE organizer Joshua Penrod.
PACE has lined up Pierre singer/songwriter Katie Dwyer to perform at the July 7 festival. To help people stretch out and rejuvenate after a long festival, PACE is also planning a rainbow yoga event on July 8 led by Democratic District 24 Senate candidate Amanda Bachmann. It will be interesting to see if incumbent Republican Senator Jeff Monroe and any of the other District 24 Legislative candidates have the flexibility to attend rainbow yoga and the other PACE events this July. It will also be interesting to see if PACE’s efforts to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in Pierre will lead to local government adopting better anti-discrimination policies to raise our capital city’s Municipal Equality Index.