QUEER South Dakota protests Family Heritage Alliance fundraiser

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Signs read 'love has no gender' and 'we celebrate diversity' at a protest held outside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Tuesday.

Queers United for Empowerment and Equal Rights, also known as (QUEER South Dakota) and other Rapid City residents were outside the Civic Center protesting the Family Heritage Alliance fundraiser.

We were unable to get a comment from Family Heritage Alliance, but their website says they are a family and conservative vales advocacy group.

Queer South Dakota members disagree, saying the organization supports the transgender bathroom bill and other laws that segregate the LGBTQ community.

"Anybody that pulls into this place tonight to donate money to this group supports hate in our community, which has got to stop, said QUEER South Dakota board member, Nancy Rosenbrahn. “The hate level is rising, we're going to see more suicides and we're going to see more murders."

Protester said their goal is to raise awareness and try to change attitudes.

There were more than 20 people at today's protest.