Peer Support Services

The mission of our Support Services Program is to 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.

LGBTQ PEER 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.

Our current peer support groups:

  • LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality Support Group

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Every third Monday of the Month:
    This group is open to individuals of any faith or none who self-identify as part of a minority related to gender or sexual identity.

  • LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Second and Fourth Thursday of the Month:

    The NWA Center for Sexual Assault's Project Arch Program and Northwest Arkansas Equality partner to provide a support group for LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence. This group is a safe space for survivors who are LGBTQ to heal with and support each other.

    For more information, please call Samantha or Nikki at 479.445.6448 or email samantha@nwasexualassault.org.

  • Transgender Peer Support Group

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    First Sunday of the Month
    The transgender peer support group is open to all individuals who identify as transgender, in order to share information and support relevant to the social and medical needs of our community. Anyone who identifies as transmasculine, transfeminine or non-binary are welcome.

  • TransMasculine Peer Support Group

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Third Sunday of the Month
    The transmasculine peer support group is open to individuals who identify on the masculine side of the gender spectrum, in order to share information and support relevant to the social and medical needs of our community. All non-binary genders are welcome.

  • TransFeminine Peer Support Group

    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Third Sunday of the Month
    The transfeminine peer support group is open to individuals who identify on the feminine side of the gender spectrum, in order to share information and support relevant to the social and medical needs of our community. All non-binary genders are welcome.

Transgender Services

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.
Contact Information:
Dale Manning
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
supportservices@nwaequality.org