Statewide & Regional Resources
Address: 904 West 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Business Description: The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. Their organization uses legal, legislative and public education methods to protect constitutional issues including, free speech, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. Since 1920, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Address: 800 Scott St., Little Rock, AR 72201
Business Description: CAR consists of LGBTQ and Ally Arkansans working together to dismantle oppression, build community and secure equality utilizing education, organizing, advocacy, and cultural work. CAR is home to the Lucille Marie Hamilton Youth Center, Arkansas’ first and only LGBTQ and ally youth drop-in center located in Little Rock. CAR’s programs include: Diverse Youth for Social Change (DYSC) for LGBTQ/ally youth ages 12-22; Revolución LGBTQ, a program focused on the LGBTQ+ Latinx community in Arkansas; Safe Schools Project, proves workshops for school administrators, counselors, and educators on the challenges and concerns of LGBTQ students, same-sex parents, and co-workers. AR Affiliate National GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network, providing resources for GSA’s and helping students establish GSAs in their schools.
Business Description: The official organization producing the Little Rock Pride festivities.
Business Description: The official organizing group for Arkansas’ longest running pride parade, Conway Pride.
Business Description: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a grassroots force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. HRC Arkansas is the local presence of the Human Rights Campaign in the Natural State they work to promote education and political initiatives on behalf of LGBTQ Arkansans.
Address: 1021 Jessie Rd., Suite Q, Little Rock, AR 72202
Business Description: Established in 1972, the Miss Gay Arkansas America has provided a platform for gay theater and some of the finest female impersonation in Arkansas. Norma Kristie, the representative from Arkansas, was crowned the first Miss Gay America in 1973 in Nashville, Tennessee, and Little Rock served as the national headquarters for the network of official preliminaries for over 35 years. The Miss Gay Arkansas pageant is the longest running preliminary in the Miss Gay America system and boasts two former Miss Gay America’s, five total Arkansans holding the Miss Gay America title, and multiple top ten finalists.
Business Description: QLaw Arkansas is an association of LGBT+ legal professionals and their friends. We center the voices of some of the most vulnerable people in our state to advance equitable policy and opportunity in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law.
Address: 215 N. 6th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901
Business Description: River Valley Equality Center focus is to establish and promote unity among the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Straight (LGBTQS) communities by serving as the catalyst for region-wide education, interaction, entertainment, community growth, visibility, and awareness.
Address: 621 E 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120
Business Description: Tulsa Pride is the longest running LGBT Pride festival in Oklahoma. Tulsa Pride is a registered trademark of Oklahomans for Equality, who has served LGBT Oklahomans and their allies since 1980. Oklahomans for Equality is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, knowledgeable staff, and dedicated volunteers. The organization operates the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa Pride, the Greater Tulsa Equality Business Alliance, and the Tahlequality events.