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Janna Farley,

November 13, 2019

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. But the legal landscape for LGBTQ+ and two-spirit people is constantly evolving.

That’s why the ACLU of South Dakota is teaming up with Spectrum Gender and Sexuality Alliance to host a Know Your Rights forum for LGBTQ+ and two-spirit students and community members on Nov. 20 on the University of South Dakota campus. This interactive, all-inclusive forum will provide an overview of LGBTQ+ rights, how to exercise them and what to do when your rights are violated on campus or in your communities.

“Everyone in America deserves equal treatment under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression,” said Kadyn Wittman, community engagement associate for the ACLU of South Dakota. “But too often, LGBTQ+ and two-spirit people face discrimination and harassment at school and in their communities. It’s important for everyone to know their rights so they can protect them.”



WHAT: LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Know Your Rights Forum

WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 20

WHERE: USD’s Muenster University Center Room 219, the Center for Diversity and Community

SPONSORED BY: ACLU of South Dakota and Spectrum Gender and Sexuality Alliance




The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of South Dakota is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and Wyoming. The team in South Dakota is supported by staff in those states.

The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people.  In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQ communities. The ACLU of South Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of South Dakota.