History of Northwest Arkansas Pride
In 2006, Northwest Arkansas saw its first official pride parade roll down Dickson Street. Prior to that parade, groups of local citizens organized various celebrations to unite the LGBTQ community and promote acceptance; these included small rallies, parades, picnics, and as early as 1975 – the Miss Gay Fayetteville pageant.
In 2007, NWA Pride, Inc. was formed by Ken Boyle, Joney Harper and Norman Hadley to formally operate what’s become an annual tradition. Growing from 200 participants and spectators to what is now a multi-day festival of events and Arkansas’ largest Pride celebration.
In 2015, NWA Pride, Inc. merged with the NWA Center for Equality to share resources and better serve the growing local LGBTQ community.
The NWA Center for Equality is a nonprofit grassroots organization. The success of our programs and events, including Northwest Arkansas Pride, depends on the generosity of businesses and individuals across Northwest Arkansas. We are thankful for this year’s sponsors: