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NWA Equality Gala – November 13, 2015

Join us for one of our largest community events and help fund the fight for equality!


Live  Truthfully and Openly

National Coming Out Day – October 11, 2015 

You are loved in Northwest Arkansas


Celebrate with Us

LGBT History Month – October 2015

Know and take pride in our history


Historic Moment in Fayetteville

Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance Passes 

Thank you for helping equality win


Welcome to Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality. We are a grassroots community and advocacy organization working to achieve full equality while creating an environment that embraces, promotes and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community of Northwest Arkansas.

We provide the citizens of Benton and Washington Counties with free HIV/AIDS outreach and testing services, a variety of LGBTQA peer support groups, sports programming, as well as social and community outreach events, including Arkansas’ largest pride celebration, Northwest Arkansas Pride.

NWA Center for Equality Celebrates Historic Moment for Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – September 8, 2015 – Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality issued the following statement while celebrating an historic night in Fayetteville as voters passed the city’s new Uniform Civil Rights Protection Ordinance (Ordinance 5781):

“Today the people of Fayetteville voted for acceptance over fear and showed that cities can ensure religious freedom while protecting the rights of each and every citizen. People from all walks of life chose to lead Fayetteville and Arkansas toward a more inclusive future. History will remember this as a proud moment when businesses, religious leaders and everyday citizens worked together to unite our community, grow our economy and finally move Fayetteville forward.”

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Letter: Vote on Ordinance 5781 is Pivotal Moment for Fayetteville

The following letter from NWA Center for Equality Board President Chaz Allen was published in the September 3rd edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Now is a pivotal moment for Fayetteville. The results of the Sept. 8 election will send a strong message about who we are and what we stand for. From local equality ordinances to policies like those of Wal-Mart and the University of Arkansas, communities, businesses and institutions have increasingly chosen to clearly state that they don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind. It’s time for Fayetteville to do the same.

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Thank you, @jasoncollins98 for blazing a path for us on the hardwood and across pro sports. #LGBTHistoryMonth
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at 10:42am
#LGBTHistoryMonth: Miriam Ben-Shalom is 1st openly lesbian @USArmy member reinstated
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 6:19am
#LGBTHistoryMonth begins today! Read how understanding our past can enrich your life today @TheAdvocateMag
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 3:40am
Want to serve on Fayetteville's new civil rights commission? Get your application in by Oct. 16
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