Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc. is a registered public charity holding 501(c)(3) status since 2007. Our organization operates the Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center and owns the trademark and operational rights to the events of Northwest Arkansas Pride.

NWA Equality serves as an education, advocacy, resource, and service organization to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) citizens of Benton and Washington Counties. In addition to being recognized as the regional voice for equality and inclusion, we provide free HIV testing services, a variety of support groups, as well as social and community outreach events. Each summer we host Arkansas’s largest LGBTQ pride celebration, Northwest Arkansas Pride.

 

MISSION

Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc. is a community education, advocacy, resource, and service organization working to achieve full equality while creating an environment that embraces and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community of Northwest Arkansas.

 

HISTORY

A group of concerned citizens founded the Northwest Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in 2006 as a grassroots community and advocacy organization. This courageous group saw a need for an organized body to advocate, organize, and serve as the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ) in the region. In 2009, the NWAGLBTCC began operating as the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality, and we moved into our current offices in downtown Fayetteville.

In 2015, the board of directors posthumously named the community center after founding board member Art Beeghly. That same year NWA Pride, Inc. merged with the NWA Center for Equality to better share resources and serve the growing local LGBTQ community. The merger resulted in the umbrella organization Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Today, our organization serves as an education, advocacy, resource, and service organization for Benton and Washington counties.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joseph M. Porter, Board Chairman & President

Blake Pennington, Board Secretary & Operating Officer

Dale Manning, Board Member at Large

Evelyn Rios-Stafford, Board Member at Large

Daniel Salmeron, Board Member at Large

Martin Tuller, Board Member at Large

 

STAFF & MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

Kate Johnson
Events Coordinator

Patricia Johnson
Program Coordinator, NWA Hope

Jim Dillinger
Program Facilitator, Coming Out Support Group             

Dale Manning
Program Facilitator, Trans Masculine Support Group  

Noah Meeks
Program Facilitator, Trans Masculine Support Group
Program Facilitator, LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality Support Group

Lisa Stuart
Program Facilitator, Trans Feminine Support Group

Justine Turnage
Program Facilitator, Trans Feminine Support Group

Garin Chad Wiggins
Program Facilitator, Transgender & Gender Queer Support Group  

 

POLICY STATEMENTS

  1. Privacy Policy

    All personal information, i.e., name, address, phone numbers, and such other information as requested by the organization, is confidential to both the minimum and maximum extents allowed by law. Provided the lease agreement is of equal or reasonable value, the board of directors, at its discretion and with notification, may lease the contents of list serves or contact lists to organizations or campaigns with similar values and goals as NWA Equality.

  2. Anonymous Gifts
    NWA Equality publicly acknowledges donors as determined by its recognition policies. You may contact us if you prefer to remain anonymous.

 

GRANT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

2017   Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission, Northwest Arkansas Pride
2016   Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission, Northwest Arkansas Pride
2016   Walmart Foundation, NWA Giving Grant, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education Among Homeless
2015   Walmart Foundation, Giving Grant, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education
2014   Arkansas National Bank, General Programming
2014   Walmart Foundation, General Programming
2013   Walmart Foundation, General Programming
2012   Walmart Foundation, General Programming
2012   Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission, Pride Events
2011   Walmart Foundation, General Programming
2011   Cox Communications, Inc., GLSEN Safe Space Kits for 40 NWA School Districts
2011   Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission, Pride Events
2010   Walmart Foundation, General Programming
2010   Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission, Pride Events
2010   Arkansas Coalition for Excellence, Capacity Training
2007   Walmart Foundation, Capacity Grant