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HRC Arkansas Connects in Northwest Arkansas

by Guest contributor April 27, 2016

Post submitted by Melissa Cavanaugh, community activist and HRC supporter

Earlier this month, I attended HRC’s Connect Happy Hour in Northwest Arkansas. I met up with friends and as soon as I walked through the door, I spotted James, the Field Organizer for HRC Arkansas. We've been friendly for years and he immediately got me signed up for the volunteer list and began introducing me to other folks in the room. Throughout the evening I ran into several friends and was also lucky enough to meet a handful of new people. I saw my friend Susan, who is the new director for the NW Arkansas Center for Equality. We chatted about the work that needs to be done and explored the possibilities of partnership in the very near future. I love how the event fostered so many solid networking opportunities. I live for those moments!

It was great to have such a positive event brought to Fayetteville by HRC Arkansas. I am proud to be a supporter of HRC and sport an HRC sticker on my car and I look forward to more great HRC events in my community. I hope together we can attain and ensure equal rights for LGBTQ individuals and pursue the safety of all of us in our homes, at work and in the community.

Come join members of HRC staff, representatives from Little Rock-based LGBTQ groups and local LGBTQ and ally community members for our very first CONNECT happy hour meet-and-greet in Little Rock on Tuesday, May 10! The mission of CONNECT is to bring as many folks together as possible!

So join us, not just to talk about the important work ahead, but to create a safe space for LGBTQ people in our community to gather, have fun, and get to know one another better. We know that we are stronger together. Click here for more information.

For more information about HRC Connect, contact James Rector at

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