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Get the Facts: Life for LGBT Arkansans

Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern

LGBT people in Arkansas are just like their friends and family members – they work, volunteer, and go to church within their communities. However, they face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at the local or state level.

Here are ten facts you might not know about the LGBT community in Arkansas: 

1.     More than half of all LGBT people in the state are in committed relationships.

2.     Nearly 60% of 18-to 25-year-old LGBT young people in Arkansas intend to have children someday.

3.     But LGBT Alabamians do not have any legal state recognition for their relationships or families.

4.     Nor do LGBT Arkansans have state rights to jointly adopt children.

5.     9% of LGBT Arkansans are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces.

6.     A third of LGBT people in Arkansas are people of faith, including 44% of African-American LGBT people.

7.     But 18% experience harassment monthly or more at their respective houses of worship.

8.     One-third of LGBT students in rural areas experience harassment in school on a weekly basis.

9.     Almost half experience harassment at school, mostly at the high school level.

10.  A quarter experience employment discrimination and 37% experience harassment at work. 

HRC is on the ground in Arkansas as part of the unprecedented campaign, Project One America. POA is a multi-year effort to expand equality in the Deep South by changing hearts and minds, advancing enduring legal protections, and building more inclusive institutions for LGBT people from the church pew to the workplace.

Read the full survey here

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