LGBTQ+ panel to kick off Pride Month

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BROOKINGS – The Brookings Public Library, Brookings Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and Brookings Pride will host the panel “Building Inclusive Spaces with Our LGBTQ+ Community” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the Swiftel Center.

This event will also be live-streamed on the Brookings Public Library’s Facebook Page. 

Mikaela Neubauer from the Brookings Public Library will lead six local panelists in a discussion about how the people of Brookings can work with the LGBTQ+ community to make the city and state more inclusive and accepting. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Panelists will include Louise Snodgrass, Transformation Project social media manager and former South Dakota House of Representatives candidate; Terri Johnson, president of PFLAG; Keith Theroux, Brookings Police Department patrol officer and liaison to the Human Rights Commission; Erinn Thomas, Brookings Boys & Girls Club teen director at the Teen Center; Lawrence Novotny, member of the Brookings Human Rights Commission and a founding member of Equality South Dakota; and Susan Williams, the founder and executive director of both the Transformation Project and the Transformation Project Advocacy Network.

This event will be held in Daktronics rooms C & D at the Swiftel Center. The event is free, though registration is required. Visit Eventbrite ( to claim a spot and get a ticket. Tickets must be shown at the door, as space is limited.

In order to show consideration for the health of community members, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended at this event.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Brookings Public Library, visit and follow the library on Facebook @bkglib. 

The mission of Brookings Public Library is to provide materials and information contributing to the education, recreation and quality of life for the Brookings community.



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