Post submitted by Hubert Tate, former HRC Press Secretary, Project One America
Today at a press conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, HRC announced the results of the largest survey of its kind to-date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Arkansans. We were also proud to announce the state’s new director.
The survey’s results show that LGBT Arkansans are just like their friends and family members—living, working, volunteering, and going to church within their communities. However, the assessment also finds that LGBT people face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level. According to the survey, 25 percent of all respondents have experienced employment discrimination and 37 percent have experienced harassment at work; 39 percent have experienced harassment by members of their own family; and 45 percent reported experiencing harassment at school.
To address these disparities, earlier this year, HRC launched Project One America. With the goal of improving the lived experience of LGBT people, Project One America will work to change hearts and minds, advance enduring legal protections, and build more inclusive institutions for LGBT people from the church pew to the workplace.
At the same press conference, we announced Kendra R. Johnson will lead HRC Arkansas. Johnson received an undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a graduate degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Her capstone project at UALR was titled, “HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs in Arkansas: A Needs Assessment.” She most recently worked at Better Community Development as Lead In-Person Assister. Johnson has worked with Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and also served as the interim Executive Director of the Women’s Project in Little Rock.