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Welcome to Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality. We are a grassroots community and advocacy organization working to achieve full equality while creating an environment that embraces, promotes and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community of Northwest Arkansas.

We provide the citizens of Benton and Washington Counties with free HIV/AIDS outreach and testing services, a variety of LGBT peer support groups, sports programming, as well as social and community outreach events, including Arkansas’ largest pride celebration, Northwest Arkansas Pride.

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Leslie Jordan and Trey O’Dell Headline #NWAEquality Night November 11th

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Leslie Jordan and Trey O’Dell Headline #NWAEquality Night November 11th

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – November 4, 2016 – The reigning Miss America, Savvy Shields, Emmy award-award winner Leslie Jordan and Trey O’Dell, a breakout star from NBC’s “The Voice” will share a stage in Fayetteville Friday, November 11th in support of Northwest Arkansas’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
The 10th annual Northwest Arkansas Equality Night is presented by Walmart and benefits Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality (NWA Equality)’s free community services and a new scholarship created by the Arkansas Alumni Association’s PRIDE Alumni Society for University of Arkansas students who are passionate about LGBTQ issues.

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Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan to Headline Local Event Supporting LGBTQ Programs in Northwest Arkansas

Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan to Headline Local Event Supporting LGBTQ Programs in Northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sept. 15, 2016 – Leslie Jordan, an Emmy award-winning actor and playwright known for roles in shows and movies such as “Will & Grace,” “Sordid Lives,” “American Horror Story,” “The Help” and “Designing Women,” will take the stage in Fayetteville Friday, Nov. 11. The special one-night only performance headlines Northwest Arkansas Equality Night, an event supporting programs and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community of Benton and Washington counties.

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NWA Center for Equality Announces 10th Annual NWA Pride Schedule

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – MAY 2, 2016 – Northwest Arkansas marks a decade of LGBT Pride June 16th – 19th as the region’s LGBT and ally communities gather for the annual Northwest Arkansas Pride celebration. The 2016 NWA Pride lineup of events in Benton and Washington counties includes everything from the traditional Pride parade down Dickson Street, family festival, interfaith gathering, the legendary White Party and a special evening with “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7” star Trixie Mattel.

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NWA Center for Equality and St. Paul’s Expand NWA Hope HIV Testing in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – February 14, 2016 – NWA Hope, the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality’s confidential HIV testing and education program, is partnering with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to offer regular testing services for the area’s homeless population. The expanded testing is funded by the Walmart Foundation through a Northwest Arkansas Giving Grant.

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NWA Center for Equality Celebrates Historic Moment for Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – September 8, 2015 – Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality issued the following statement while celebrating an historic night in Fayetteville as voters passed the city’s new Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance (Ordinance 5781):

“Today the people of Fayetteville voted for acceptance over fear and showed that cities can ensure religious freedom while protecting the rights of each and every citizen. People from all walks of life chose to lead Fayetteville and Arkansas toward a more inclusive future. History will remember this as a proud moment when businesses, religious leaders and everyday citizens worked together to unite our community, grow our economy and finally move Fayetteville forward.”

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Letter: Vote on Ordinance 5781 is Pivotal Moment for Fayetteville

The following letter from NWA Center for Equality Board President Chaz Allen was published in the September 3rd edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Now is a pivotal moment for Fayetteville. The results of the Sept. 8 election will send a strong message about who we are and what we stand for. From local equality ordinances to policies like those of Wal-Mart and the University of Arkansas, communities, businesses and institutions have increasingly chosen to clearly state that they don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind. It’s time for Fayetteville to do the same.

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NWA Center for Equality Asks Bentonville Schools for EEO Policy Clarity

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – August 17, 2015 – This evening a measure to update the Bentonville School District’s Equality Employment Opportunity Policy to include clear language protecting employees from discrimination based upon parental status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity failed by a 2-4 vote. Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality called for immediate action to clarify district policy and protect all employees.

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