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HRC Arkansas is the local presence of the Human Rights Campaign in the Natural State. We’re working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Facebook: HRC Arkansas

Website:  http://www.hrc.org/arkansas

Email:  hrcarkansas@hrc.org

Conway Pride Parade and Festival is an annual event held in Conway, AR. Conway Pride’s mission is to teach tolerance and acceptance of the LGBT community in the South. All proceeds go to helping our kids, who need it the most. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119415671432938/

Website: https://conwaypride.com

CAR was founded in 2003 in Little Rock, Arkansas by LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) and straight   allies. CAR is a 501(c)(3) sponsored statewide organization that believes that all people should have equitable access to fair treatment, a democratic political process as well as economic and environmental justice.

CAR is an inclusive, intergenerational Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) centric organization working with our Allies to build and sustain a progressive movement in Arkansas that connects people, communities and issues for the purpose of ending discrimination, securing equal rights, protections and fair treatment for ALL Arkansans.

Programs include:

  • DYSC- a space for LGBT youth 13-22
  • Latinxs Revolución- This new program has come about from the lack of resources and safe spaces for our Latino community. As Arkansas continues to grow in acceptance of LGBTQ humans, some of our own still face challenges every day. This group was created with the intent to provide resources and guide the Latino LGBTQ community in Arkansas. We aim to create a safe space where all intersecting identities of LGTBQ latinos are included and respected, and an integral part of the safe space
  • Safe Schools- This program provides trainings for educators, administrators and school counselors on anti-bullying and to increase their cultural competency regarding the needs and concerns of LGBTQ students, same-sex couple parented families and LGBTQ co-workers. This program also serves as an advocate for students and families in the school systems.

Facebook: Center for Artistic Revolution

Instagram:  car4equality

Twitter: @car4equality

Website: http://www.car4ar.org

Address: 800 Scott St.Little Rock, AR72201

Located inside the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Little Rock

Phone:  501-244-9690

The Diamond State Rodeo Association (DSRA) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the country and western lifestyle within the gay community.

DSRA has a proud history of fund-raising for charitable organizations within our community.  All members are volunteers who share our time and abilities to further this cause.

All Money raised by the DSRA goes to local charities and towards maintaining the organization’s clubhouse.

DSRA is an all-inclusive organization that recognizes all lifestyles and genders.  We welcome anyone to become a member and to participate in our community efforts!

Facebook: Diamond State Rodeo Association

Website:  www.rodeowith.us

Political Organizations 

The objective of the SDC is to advance equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The SDC supports the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates who support our mission. The SDC will work to define and implement the platform policies of the Democratic Party at local, state, and national levels to reflect the needs and desires of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community, to promote the election of GLBT persons to office within the Party, to promote the election of GLBT candidates to public office, and to work with Stonewall Democratic clubs across the United States.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SDCofAR/

Website:  http://www.stonewallarkansas.com

Serving as the formation of the Young Democrats of Arkansas GLBTQA community at large, we advocate for both equality and justice. Silent no more, we fight for all.

Facebook:  Young Democrats of Arkansas Stonewall Caucus

Email: ydarstonewall@gmail.com

Our Mission is to repeal any legislation codifying discrimination in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansans for Equality is a bipartisan organization.

Facebook: Arkansans for Equality

Twitter: @AR4equality

Website: http://arkansansforequality.org

Phone: (501) 444-2575

Email: arkansansforequality@gmail.com

Trans*

The goal of this organization is to advance equality, justice and inclusiveness for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansans through a statewide trans-led organization. In the end, improve the lives of transgender Arkansans and all Arkansans.

The transgender community in Arkansas may be small, but our supporters are vast. It will be necessary to build a coalition with members of the greater LGBTQ community, supportive families, providers, allies, friends, community leaders, businesses, faith community members and organizations. The community is in extreme need of resources and infrastructure and it requires a team effort.

Transgender people often don’t get a seat at the table in decision making processes in Arkansas, and when they do, they are often invited to a table someone else set up. Let’s build a table together for the transgender community of Arkansas so more people can get a seat, have their voices heard, and issues addressed.

ARTEC provides a Name & Gender change clinic and health resources.

LGBT Youth

Lucie’s Place is a dream in response to the nightmare that is many young Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) peoples lives. The board of Lucie’s Place is working to open a long-term transitional shelter in the Central Arkansas area, which will be open specifically to LGBTQ identified young adults.

Lucie’s Place offers a drop in center that includes:

  • Storage for your belongs & important documents
  • Cell phones & minutes
  • Bus passes
  • Toiletries
  • Some food
  • Some clothing
  • Case management
  • Referrals to other programs in the area you qualify for

They also provide a free counseling program.

Phone: 1-855-LuciesP  (1-855-582-4377)

Office Phone: 501-508-5005

E-mail: LuciesPlaceAR@gmail.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/LuciesPlace

Twitter: Twitter.com/LuciesPlaceAR

Mail: PO Box 751, Little Rock, AR 72203

Office Address: 300 S. Spring St., Suite 803, Little Rock 72201

DYSC, or Diverse Youth for Social Change, is a social activism group that is primarily LGBTQ based, BUT it is for ALL youth between the ages of 13-22; regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, housing status, etc. Participants work together to build strong relationships while dismantling stereotypes and myths about each other.

The program provides a safe environment that is welcoming, respectful, and affirming for the participants in all of who they are. Members are encouraged to reach their full potential, to finish their education, to dare to dream, and to gain the capacity to be advocates for their own lives, their schools, and their communities.

Meetings are every Friday from 6:30pm-9:00pm

Phone: (501)244-9690

Website:  http://www.car4ar.org/#!programs-of-car/c2l

Email:  DYSCLittleRock@gmail.com

Address:  800 Scott St. Downtown Little Rock, AR 72201

Inside the First Presbyterian Church

Pridecorps offers LGBT youth, between the ages of 14-20, a chance to be themselves and connect with others throughout Central Arkansas.

Members have the unique opportunity to network and establish connections and friendships with peers, educators, religious leaders, health care providers, and other community leaders. It is a place to be yourself, make friends, and have fun.

Pridecorps offers members fun activities:

  • Bowling and miniature golf
  • Yoga and tai chi sessions
  • Cooking classes led by a Cordon-Bleu trained Chef
  • Dream workshops

Pridecorps offers members a safe place to take part in facilitator-led group discussions:

  • Coming out and disclosure
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Self-esteem
  • Safe sex, HIV, and STI prevention
  • Wellness and nutrition

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church

4823 Woodlawn Dr.

Little Rock, AR 72205

 

Website:  http://pridecorps.org

Facebook:  Pridecorps:  LGBT Youth Center

Gay Straight Alliances (College)

The Alliance is a UALR organization for straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment designed to discuss topics related to both the gay and straight communities. We promote the acceptance of all minorities on campus and work to fight discrimination by educating others on issues challenging the gay community.

Facebook:  UALR’s Alliance

P.R.I.S.M. serves the GLBTQQA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, and allied) community of UCA including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. P.R.I.S.M. stands for Pride, Raising awareness, Involvement, Support, and Mentoring. It was formed in 1997 and has steadily grown to be an influential organization in motivating the student body to open themselves up to diversity, especially diverse sexual and gender-related orientations. The alliance also works to promote awareness, tolerance, equality and understanding, and to dispense GLBTQQA-related information campus-wide. In addition, it strives to offer support services for GLBTQQA students.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucaprism/

Website: http://orgs.uca.edu/prism/index.html

Hendrix College’s GSA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2209274845/

SPECTRUM is a Registered Student Organization devoted to the support and advocacy of the LGBTQIA2+ community on the Arkansas Tech University Campus. Our primary focus is to educate; our greatest enemy is ignorance. We strive to educate the campus and community in order to bring acceptance of diversity to Arkansas Tech University. We strive to eliminate discrimination under any basis. Anyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or academic achievement is welcome to be a part of SPECTRUM. We are an organization that provides a safe non-judgmental space to share ideas and to interact with one another. Keeping this in mind, we ask only that our members be willing to participate and to give their time and means to help our cause.

Website:  https://thelink.atu.edu/organization/spectrum

Facebook:  SPECTRUM at Arkansas Tech University

Email:  atuspectrum@gmail.com

Health 

The Arkansas AIDS Foundation / Consortia-Care of Arkansas provides HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) rental and/or utility assistance for individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, who meet HOPWA HUD assistance guidelines and criteria. The AAF also provides clients with referrals for many other services within the community.

The HOPWA program services span six (6) counties for active clients: Pulaski, Saline, Grant, Perry, Lonoke and Faulkner counties.

Our Vision is to improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Central Arkansas region.

Our Mission is to provide HIV/AIDS services for eligible people living with HIV/AIDS and to promote HIV education, intervention, prevention and HIV testing/screening.

Facebook: Arkansas Aids Foundation

Website:  http://www.arkansasaidsfoundation.org

Email:  info@arkansasaidsfoundation.org

Phone:  501-374-2898

Address:  523. S. Louisiana, Suite 303

Little Rock, AR 72201

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages since the mid-1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Oklahoma.

Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of services including STD testing and is now prescribing PrEP.

To schedule an appoint call: 501-801-0001

The HIV Special Services Medical Program provides comprehensive medical services on-site at our ARcare medical facilities including:

  • HIV specialty care
  • Primary medical care
  • Laboratory services
  • Oral health screening
  • Immunizations
  • Dietitian counseling
  • Pharmacy counseling
  • Adherence education
  • HIV/risk education
  • Pharmacy assistance program
  • Medical case management services.

Co-pay assistance for medical services is available for clients seen by other HIV medical providers. Mental health and substance abuse counseling is provided by partner agencies. Referrals are made for clinical trials

Email:  info@arcare.net.

Website:  http://www.arcare.net

LGBT Friendly Churches

Canvas Community Church

Open Doors Community Church

New Beginnings Church

New Millennium Church

Christ Episcopal Church

First Presbyterian Church

Grace Episcopal Church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist

Central Arkansas Integrity

Integrity’s mission is to inspire and equip the Episcopal Church, its dioceses, congregations, and members to proclaim and embody God’s all-inclusive love for LGBTQ persons and those who love them.

Integrity’s vision of its success is that The Episcopal Church thrives as a beacon of love, justice, and compassion, where ALL PEOPLE are equally embraced and empowered.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralarkansasintegrity/