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Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to extend rights to protect lesbian, gay and transgender employees under The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams and trans activist Jewel Hayes with NWA Equality explain how the historic decision impacts LGBTQ people in Northwest Arkansas.  

Last year's Pride Parade in downtown Fayetteville drew an estimated 20,000 people. This year, Northwest Arkansas Pride will celebrate the 16th annual event virtually with a series of events from June 26 through 27 in conjunction with International Global Pride.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on workplace protections for LGBTQ individuals, Fayetteville's city attorney weighs in on what it could mean for the city's own LGBTQ ordinance. Last year, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled the ordinance was unenforceable after state legislators passed a law that doesn't allow cities to extend protections not already afforded by state law, which doesn't include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

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Garrard Conley is the author of Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family. The book, which was adapted into a movie in 2018, tells the story of Conley’s experience as the son of a Baptist pastor in a small Arkansas town. As a young man, Conley was conflicted about his sexuality and when he was outed to his parents, he went to a conversion therapy program. He is now an advocate for ending such practices.

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In January, the United Methodist Church announced a proposed split over the issues of same-sex marriage and the role of LGBTQ+ clergy. The protocol would result in a new, more conservative "traditionalist" denomination, and offer the mainline United Methodist a way to loosen restrictions around homoseuxuality.