Northwest Arkansas Pride 2018 Grand Marshals
This year’s Northwest Arkansas Pride Grand Marshals are being honored for their commitment to defending equality and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people across the State of Arkansas, and especially the legal rights of our LGBTQ family, friends, neighbors, and allies.
The ACLU of Arkansas has joined the court case challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas Act 137, a law intended to strip away local civil rights protections for LGBTQ Arkansans. The ACLU is acting on behalf of PFLAG of NW Arkansas and three Fayetteville residents: Anthony Clark, Noah C. Meeks, and Liz Petray. Act 137 was passed in 2015 by the Arkansas legislature in an attempt to nullify Fayetteville’s anti-discrimination ordinance. However, this Arkansas law violates the constitutional right to equal protection and would leave LGBTQ people vulnerable to discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
We honor this year’s Grand Marshals for standing up for the will of the voters who approved Fayetteville’s civil rights ordinance, and for the rights of other Arkansas communities who want to do the right thing and protect their LGBTQ residents from discrimination.