‘On the Road to Equality’ Kicks Off Arkansas Stop
September 16, 2011
This post is from Zack Hasychak, Community Events Manager at HRC.
HRC’s Equality Bus has arrived in The Natural State to spread our message of equality with Arkansans in a state that has few legal protections for LGBT people.
This morning, we held an open house at the University of Central Arkansas and hundreds of students and faculty came by to see the exhibit and hear about our work across America promoting justice and fairness for all. In addition to HRC, several other local groups were present to inform students of the many LGBT resources in their community.
We met Kendra, an ally and HRC supporter who told us the story of her best friend, a gay man who was disowned by his family after coming out as gay. He’s recently found a network of friends who helped him through his struggle. We also met Eric, who found an affirming church in his hometown through HRC, and which has helped him reconcile being LGBT and a person of faith.
Despite being in one of America’s reddest states, the LGBT community in Arkansas is growing in number and influence, and not staying silent.
We kick off an exciting four days of activities today that include events focused on LGBT health, youth activism, faith and acceptance, and the state of the LGBT movement. Stay tuned for more updates from our stop here in Arkansas!