The mission of our advocacy and support services program is to advocate, celebrate, and provide LGBTQ youth and adult individuals, families, and friends with education, resources, and a safe and structured space to support and encourage one another in healing, wellness, and growth.
NWA Equality was established to serve as the voice of Northwest Arkansas’s LGBTQ community. From national events, protests, and calls for legislative action, since 2006, we’ve made some fantastic progress in the name of equality.
In 2006, we fought to legitimize the NWA Pride Parade against a conservative and aggressive police force. Today, we provide LGBTQ sensitivity training to the Fayetteville Police Department and serve as members of the FPD Diversity Roundtable. Northwest Arkansas Pride has grown to over 10,000 participants.
In 2010 we established Northwest Arkansas’s first National Transgender Day of Remembrance events, a now annual event produced by the Transgender Equality Network.
We were fortunate enough to partner with the University of Arkansas to bring the NOH8 Campaign in 2011, which launched a fundraising effort for NWA Equality to provide GLSEN Safe Space Educational Kits to 40 school districts in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington Counties. Cox Communications made a generous gift toward this funding effort.
Our organization led the way for the Human Rights Campaign to sponsor the 2014 Fairness Fayetteville Campaign, and when that failed at the ballot box, we charged ahead on our own helped lead the way to success in 2015’s For Fayetteville Campaign, which enacted Ordinance 5781, preventing local businesses, landlords, and employers from discriminating against LGBTQ individuals.
We’re currently working to establish better business resources, and provide employees with resume and interview skills, and work with employers to educate their staff on LGBTQ issues, and establish policies to prevent workplace discrimination of their employees and customers.
LGBTQ Support Groups
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, self-exploration, and have the empowering opportunity to share their own experiences and provide support to others.
All peer support group facilitators are trained by a licensed mental health professional and strive for the utmost in the safety and confidentiality of all members. New support groups in various areas of need are added as new facilitators are trained. If there is a group you’d like to see offered, let us know. Below is the list and meeting times of our current support groups:
- Coming Out Support Group: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m.
- LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality Support Group: Every third Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
- LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
- This group is facilitated by Project Arch, a program of the NWA Center for Sexual Assault.
- Transgender & Genderqueer Support Group: Every first Sunday of the month, 4:00 p.m.
- Trans Masculine Support Group: Every third Sunday of the month, 4:00 p.m.
- Trans Feminine Support Group: Every third Sunday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Northwest Arkansas Equality partners with the Transgender Equality Network to help provide additional services and community events for our transgender and gender non-conforming community.
Board Member at Large & Program Director | Support Services
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.
Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center
179 N. Church Avenue, Ste. 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.966.9014, Ext. 1