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 official 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’ 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, Transgender, and Queer 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 moved into our current offices in downtown Fayetteville.

In 2015, the board of directors posthumously named the community center after long-time board member Art Beeghly. That same year NWA Pride Parade, 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.

 

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