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 LGBTQA peer support groups, sports programming, as well as social and community outreach events, including Arkansas’ largest pride celebration, Northwest Arkansas Pride.
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.”read more
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.read more
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – August 31, 2015 – The NWA Center for Equality strongly denounced attempt by Protect Fayetteville, an anti-LGBT group opposing the Uniform Civil Right Protection Ordinance, to disrupt the September 8th election.read more