We offer a variety of LGBT programs for our Arkansas community, including social activities, support services, free and confidential HIV testing, and more.

NWA HOPE: HIV Testing and Education

Established in 2010, NWA HOPE’s mission is to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Northwest Arkansas through outreach, prevention, and education.

Our program provides free, confidential HIV testing and provides services and resources for the community of Northwest Arkansas though collaboration with area HIV/AIDS resource organizations and local businesses to better provide individuals in need of counseling, education, and outreach. While testing is open to anyone, the program primarily focuses on our local LGBTQ, African American, Latino and homeless communities.

This program is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation as part of its Northwest Arkansas Giving Program.

NWA HOPE appointments may be made by phone or email. Times are flexible and include evenings and weekends.

What To Expect

  • NWA Hope uses the OraQuick Advance testing system—an oral swab with a turnaround time of 20 minutes.
  • The testing facilitator will ask you to fill out a release, instruct you on using the swab, and ask you to complete an optional and confidential questionnaire.
  • All testing facilitators have completed the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) training provided by the Arkansas Department of Health.

479.966.9014 Ext. 2

More Information


Free HIV Testing
NWA Center for Equality
179 N. Church Ave., Ste. 101
Fayetteville,  AR 72701



The mission of our peer community work is to provide LGBTQ individuals, families, and friends who have similar experiences with a safe and structured space to support and encourage one another in healing and wellness.

Peer support is founded on the principle that people who share an experience have something to offer which may not be provided by mental health professionals. Through such groups, individuals gain a sense of community and affiliation, receive resources and tools for wellness, healing and self-exploration, and have the empowering opportunity to share their own experiences and provide support to others.

New support groups in various areas of need will be added as new facilitators are trained. If there is a specific type of group you’d like to see offered, let us know.  All peer group facilitators have been trained by a licensed mental health professional and strive for the utmost in the safety and confidentiality of all members. View the latest meeting times and additional information on the community calendar.

Groups and Meeting Times

Coming Out Peer Support Group: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m.
Faith and Spirituality Peer Support Group: Every third Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Trans-Masculine Peer Support Group: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 4 p.m.
Trans-Feminine Peer Support Group: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 7 p.m.
Transgender & Genderqueer Peer Support Group: Every 1st Sunday of the month, 4 p.m.





In addition to our Peer Support Groups, the Northwest Center for Equality is partnered with Transgender Equality Network to help provide additional services and community events for our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings.

Groups and Meeting Times

Trans-Masculine Peer Support Group: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 4 p.m.
Trans-Feminine Peer Support Group: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 7 p.m.
Transgender & Gender Queer Peer Support Group: Every 1st Sunday of the month, 4 p.m.


From family friendly outings to professional networking opportunities, NWA Equality organizes a number of activities for the LGBTQ community and allies. Together we celebrate the strong sense of family within our community while also finding ways to appreciate local businesses and organizations that support equality. Search for upcoming events on our Community Events Calendar and let us know your ideas for future activities.