You are NOT alone!

Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative aims to advance equality, justice and inclusiveness for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansans through a statewide trans-led organization. Ultimately, improving the lives of all transgender & gender non-binary Arkansans.

The transgender community in Arkansas may be small, but our supporters are vast. It is necessary to build a coalition with members of the greater LGBTQ+ community, supportive families, providers, allies, friends, community leaders, businesses, faith community members and organizations. The community deeply needs resources and infrastructure, and it requires a team effort.

Transgender people often don’t get a seat at the table in decision making processes in Arkansas, and when they do, they are often invited to a table someone else set up. Let’s build a table together for the transgender community of Arkansas so more people can get a seat to have their voices heard and issues addressed.

This Saturday, October 13th, from 4 to 7PM House of GGs: Griffin Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center will hold the first ever Town hall exclusively for trans women of color in the state of Arkansas (Private Reception preceding)!

From  House of GG’s:

“Transgender Women of Color Town Hall & Community Empowerment Meeting”!!!
FREE DINNER & other surprises! We graciously invite you to come out and TRULY have YOUR VOICES HEARD…in a safe, nurturing, open-discussion, and empowering environment of other like-minded Trans Women of Color!!!
We would LOVE to see you there…Saturday, October 13, 4-7pm, Comfort Inn & Suites-Presidential, 707 Interstate Hwy 30, Little Rock, AR
For more info/RSVP…please call (501) 904-5216 or email us here!

For more information, check out their video below:

The MacArthur Museum of AR Military History has, cordially, invited arTEC Members and Veterans to participate in the viewing of : 

The HBO documentary The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell which illustrates the tumultuous evolution of the controversial policy that fostered hate and intolerance within the military – and undermined the very freedoms American forces defend – by forcing many soldiers to lie and live in secrecy.

Filmed during the final 15 months of the law, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell interweaves archival news footage and interviews with key players, from policy experts to Pentagon personnel, as well as personal accounts by a number of actively serving gay soldiers.

More information on the movie event can be found at under “Events.”

artecArTEC Receives $15,000 Award For Transgender Led Research in Arkansas

The Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaboration (arTEC) will use funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, DC to partner with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, other researchers in the state and the transgender persons together to investigate ways to improve on major healthcare challenges in the community.
Little Rock, Ark. – Apr. 28, 2015 – Transgender and gender non-conforming persons are more likely to encounter discrimination in healthcare settings and uninformed providers when accessing their health care needs, which leads to unsafe environments, poor quality of care, people going without care and limited access to treatment for gender dysphoria. (
ArTEC sought a $15,000 Tier 1 award from PCORI to create an active partnership for transgender community members, investigators, providers and others to begin the early stages of participatory research, focused on cultural sensitivity and quality of healthcare for transgender persons. After a highly competitive process, where PCORI gave awards to 17% of proposals, arTEC along with the UAMS College of Public Health plan to establish a research working group, then engage transgender persons both online and through a series of face-to-face regional summits on issues to be investigated through comparative effectiveness research. The data from the patient-centered outcomes and research priorities will be presented at an end-of-project statewide conference to be scheduled.
“National studies have shown half of transgender persons have had to educate their providers about their health care, but when it comes to research, transgender persons can find themselves more often subjects, not drivers or collaborators of the work, so why not empower them to lead,” said Andrea Zekis, arTEC Executive Director. “This PCORI award presents a never before heard of opportunity in Arkansas and rare opportunity nationally to have transgender and gender non-conforming persons statewide work side by side with researchers on an issue so vital to their well-being.”
“In the College of Public Health, we have been using participatory approaches to community engaged research for a number of years, especially with African American community-based organizations focused on addressing racial health disparities,” said Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the college’s Office of Community Based Public Health. “This award focuses on the transgender community, which [also] experiences significant disparities in health and health care. We are excited to be partnering with the arTEC and we encourage the transgender community to be engaged throughout the research process, from deciding what we are going to research, informing how we will go about designing the study, what language we will use, and how we will interpret and disseminate findings.”
In May, arTEC will be forming the research working group and continue engaging community partners, then begin the process of hosting the transgender research discussions this summer. Stay engaged about the project, including future informational sessions, by going to, emailing arTEC at, liking the Arkansas Trans Equity Collaboration on Facebook or following @ArTransEquality

For Media Inquiries: Contact Andrea Zekis, arTEC Executive Director 501-392-4276

Key findings about transgender persons from the 2011 Injustice at Every Turn Study:
– 28% postponed medical care due to discrimination, 48% inability to afford it.
– 28% of respondents were subjected to harassment in medical settings.
– 50% reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care.
– Respondents reported over four times the national average of HIV infection, with rates for transgender women, unemployed transgender persons and sex workers even higher.
– More than 25% misused drugs and alcohol to cope with mistreatment experienced due to their gender identity or expression.
– 41% reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population.

About PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC. Congress authorized the establishment of PCORI in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Its mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions through the funding of comparative clinical effectiveness research. The goal of their work is to determine which of the many health care options available to patients and those who care for them work best in particular circumstances.
Learn more at

About arTEC, the Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaboration:
Transgender Arkansans started arTEC in February 2014 as a statewide, trans-led organization to advance justice and inclusivity for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansans. They do this by collaborating with allies, supportive organizations, providers and other groups, which believe in promoting equality on the basis of gender identity and expression. AaEC’s mission involves building educational awareness, resources and gender-inclusive communities within the state and encouraging policies built on promoting dignity and respect regardless of gender.

Learn more at :
Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaboration
P.O. Box 251703 Little Rock, AR 72225

The MORE DATA collected, the BIGGER our collective VOICES.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is currently conducting a study about sexual self-concept, communication with partners and sexual/relationship satisfaction. The survey is open to anyone aged 18 or older, including individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, race/ethnicities, etc. NO sexual experience is necessary to be eligible for participation. At the end of the survey, participants are invited to enter their email contact for a chance to win a $25 gift card.  This research has been approved by the University of Arkansas Institutional Review Board. Questions about the study can be directed to Dr. Heather Blunt at

The Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaboration is proud to announce the first ever legal name and gender change clinic designated for transgender, non-binary and intersex Arkansans. Great thanks to our partners , Arkansas Access to Justice, Arkansas Pro Bono Partnership and National Center for Transgender Equality’s Trans Legal Services Network, in helping create this much needed and necessary legal and educational tool. ArTEC, working along with volunteers and supportive organizations, will be able to provide educational assistance to persons needing to change their name and/or gender beginning in March 2015.

People who sign up to use the name and gender change clinic should expect…

To be contacted by a friendly volunteer to help in scheduling your appointment while you answer some basic confidential questions and learn what you need to bring to your appointment
If you wish to do the name and/or gender change on your own, have access to a comprehensive guide on how the process works in Arkansas and the necessary forms
If you wish to come to the clinic day, be treated with respect, learn about the legal process, have your questions answered and be ready to file upon leaving.
Contact information to an advocate in case you experience issues in your process.
To know where to go after finished with court to update your documents.
Someone to follow up to ask about your experiences in navigating the name and gender change process so the clinic can better serve future persons through the process.
To be able to use the available guide throughout the state of Arkansas.

#####Sign up here:

There will be a limited roll-out in Little Rock, but as more people sign up throughout the state of Arkansas, there will be additional opportunities for in-person services. Please sign up and let us help you in navigating the process.

ArTEC believes accessing legal name and gender services is a social justice issue. People may ask for legal ID in housing, employment, voting, education, using bank services, traveling by plane, when being questioned by authorities and many other common life situations. Transgender, non-binary and intersex persons may encounter discrimination and/or violence when those documents do not appear to be the person they represent. Therefore, the cost of getting a legal name and/or gender change done may also be an additional hurdle for the many low-income transgender/non-binary/intersex persons needing these services. ArTEC invites you to help sponsor persons with demonstrated economic need in helping them afford the fees to make their life changing moment a reality.

For $165, you can help pay for someone’s name change and change their life.

“If I could be you, if you could be me
For just one hour
If we could find a way to get inside
Each other’s mind
If you could see you through my eyes
Instead your ego
I believe you’d be, I believe you’d be surprised to see
That you’ve been blind.”

Joe South – “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”

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