‘Road to Equality Tour’ Rolls into Eureka Springs, Arkansas
September 19, 2011
This post is from Zack Hasychak, Community Events Manager at HRC.
A big hello from beautiful Eureka Springs!
Located in the Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs is a bastion of liberalism in a very conservative state. Eureka Springs has taken several strides toward full LGBT equality, including laws which created the first Domestic Partner Registry in the state, a municipal employment non-discrimination policy, and being the only city in the state to provide benefits to same-sex partners of city workers.
Despite heavy rain yesterday, tons of folks from northern Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri showed up to see the HRC equality exhibit.
When HRC announced its plans to bring our On the Road to Equality bus tour to Little Rock, we were heavily lobbied by members of the LGBT community to bring our tour north to the LGBT-friendly resort town. In the wake of the HRC’s decision to re-route the equality bus to Eureka Springs, other community groups joined forces to create an Equality Weekend chock full if events.
We want to extend a very special thank you to community leader Michael Walsh for making our stop in Eureka a possibility!
The people of Arkansas couldn’t have been more receptive to HRC’s presence in the state this week, and we are strongly encouraged by the forward momentum we’ve witnessed over the past several days. We want to personally thank everyone who has helped in making this tour stop the success it was!
Now off to the Bluegrass State for our next stop in Lexington, Kentucky!
Photos: (c) Bob Coleman/HRC