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LGBTQIA+ Community Resources

Brookings Human Rights Commission

The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services. The Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community.

Meetings are monthly at the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, Room 241, Brookings, SD 57006.

Phone: 605-692-6281


Lawrence Novotny is the LGBTQIA+ Liason for the BHRC, and can be contacted at

Brookings Police LGBTQ+ Liaison

Assistant Chief of Police Derrick Powers and Lieutenant Marci Gebers

Address: 307 3rd Avenue, Brookings, SD, 57006

Phone: 605-692-2113

Derrick Powers:

Marci Gebers:

LGBTQIA+ Friendly Healthcare

VA Sioux Falls Health Care System

Address: 2501 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD

Phone Number: 605-336-3230 (main number)

The VA Sioux Falls Heath Care System earned 95/100 points on the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare equality index. 

LGBTQIA+ Organizations 

Brookings Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)


Brookings PFLAG Facebook

Equality South Dakota


TransAction South Dakota

Address: PO Box 91614, Sioux Falls, SD, 57106

Phone: 605-681-6506


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South Dakota

Address: PO Box 1170, Sioux Falls, SD, 57101

Phone: 605-332-2508

Off-Campus Counseling

The following counselors specialize in LGBTQIA+ services.

Anne Dilenschneider, PhD, LPC-MH, QMHP

Address: 2500 W 49th Street, Suite 202, Sioux Falls, SD, 57105

Phone: 605-271-2676


Tina Harp, MS

Address: 3101 West 41 Street, Suite 2018, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: 605-759-1516


Latanda Salmen, MSW, CSWPIP, QMHP

Address: 4001 W Valhalla Blvd, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106

Phone: 605-360-5051 

Disclaimer: This is not an all-inclusive list of LGBTQIA+ community resources. If you would like to have your organization or business added to the list, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 605-688-5585 or email