The mission of Central Arkansas Pride is to raise awareness of diversity in the community and, through celebration and education, recognize the positive contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Arkansas, teach tolerance and acceptance, eliminate prejudice and bias both internally and externally, and honor our sexuality, our culture, our families, our accomplishments, our individuality, and our ongoing struggle for equal rights.
Central Arkansas Pride started off with just a parade in 2013 drawing in around 700 people. In just 3 short years, we never could have imagined how quickly we would grow. In 2014 we added the Little Rock Pride Fest to our event and drew in nearly 1,500 people. In 2015, our event had taken off and brought in nearly 3,000 people and gained the support of major companies such as Burger King and The Little Rock Marriott in Downtown.
We are more than just a festival. We are a community of individuals who believe in giving back and building up the community. We founded the PFLAG Scholarship Program in 2014 granting a single scholarship to a graduating high school senior. This year we added the John Schenck and Robert Loyd Continuing Education Scholarship and now grant 3 scholarships between the two. We have provided support to programs such such as CAR’s youth program, the Diamond State Rodeo Association, Conway Pride, and the marriage equality plaintiffs. We have also partnered with local organizations to provide community events and education.
As we continue to grow, our efforts continue to help build a stronger community not only in Arkansas but in Little Rock. To help us in that endeavor, please consider making a donation!