Advocacy & Community Outreach Initiatives
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.