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Whether or not this translates into an actual rise in same-sex behavior is impossible to measure; however, there is little doubt that more people were beginning to talk about such ly taboo subjects as homosexuality in the early s.

Ina revised sodomy law—amended to penalize only homosexual acts, or sexual acts occurring between humans and animals—in effect decriminalized sodomy by making it a Class A misdemeanor. The law was further challenged in the years that followed until it was finally declared unconstitutional under the Arkansas constitution in the March case of Jegley v. The revision, however, was not reflective of attitudes in Arkansas in general.

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The following year, a thousand cases of the unnamed disease were certified by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Ina Little Rock man in his early twenties was the first in the state to die of a rare form of pneumonia related to what had been named AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome. High-risk groups included promiscuous bisexual and homosexual men, intravenous drug users, Haitians living in the United States, and people with hemophilia. By the close ofthe disease had claimed almost victims in Arkansas.

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In the midst of the s AIDS epidemic, Hot Springs native Ruth Coker Burks provided support for dozens of men who were dying of AIDS—men who were often abandoned by their families, with even some health professionals being reluctant to treat them. She also provided for the burial of dozens of men in Files Cemetery in Garland County. The Arkansas arm of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, established nationally inwas becoming increasingly more aggressive in articulating its agenda, often with help from the ACLU, but hate and sex crimes involving homosexuals were also on the rise.

Inthe Arkansas Gazette merged with the Arkansas Democratafter losing a costly newspaper war, to form the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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The 42 nd Street Disco in Fayetteville enjoyed a two-year run in the back of the UARK Theatre, one of the first cinemas in the country to screen, inthe gay-themed Rocky Horror Picture Showsoon to become a cult classic. A straight-friendly gay dance club called Discovery opened in In the arts, authors Alice French a.

Lynn Harrismade their homes in Arkansas. French — was a regionalist whose pioneering collections of short stories, A Slave to Duty and Other Women and Stories That End Wellembraced the cause of feminism. Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, she and her lifelong partner, Jane Allen Crawford, split their declining years between their Arkansas bi couples. in Davenport, Iowa, and Lawrence CountyArkansas. Foster — was the author of a seminal work of lesbian research, Sex Variant Women in Literature Lynn Harris — self-published his first novel, Invisible Lifeabout a bisexual man torn between his male and female lovers; it then went on to become a bestseller when acquired by Anchor Books.

Danielle Dani Berrya revolutionary computer game de pioneer, was a notable trans woman with ties to Arkansas, living in Little Rock most of her Arkansas bi couples. and adult life. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was ased male at birth in and embarked on the process of gender transition in She died of lung cancer in Cox is a lesbian artist from Arkadelphia Clark County who made national headlines in with her art installation End Hatewhile Beth Ditto of Judsonia White County achieved renown in music, fashion, and acting while also being a fierce advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people. In the elections, Arkansas became one of eleven states with a law banning same-sex marriage.

However, inthe Eureka Springs Carroll County city council voted to create a registry of domestic partnerships.

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Three years later, the city became the only one in Arkansas to provide city employee health insurance coverage for domestic partners. On June 29,the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that gays could not be banned from becoming foster parents. State legislators promised to pass a legislative ban during the session of the Arkansas General Assembly but failed. However, the ACLU again filed suit, and on April 16,a state judge struck down the ban, stating that it infringed upon the right of privacy of Arkansas citizens.

Chad Griffin, born in Hope Hempstead County and raised in the Arkadelphia area, worked on the communications Arkansas bi couples. at the white house during the Clinton presidency. Inin response to Proposition 8, Griffin started the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a legal team fighting orientation and gender discrimination in court. On May 9,Pulaski County circuit judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban on same-sex marriages. Couples began obtaining marriage s the next day in some counties, including Carroll County; when they wed on May 10 in Eureka Springs, Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith became the first same-sex couple to marry in Arkansas.

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On August 19,the Fayetteville City Council approved a civil rights ordinance to protect LGBT people in Fayetteville from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. However, voters overturned the ordinance on December 9, Little Rock itself, on April 21,extended its civil rights protection to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to requiring that companies wanting to do business with the city also practice non-discrimination.

Hot Springs followed suit the following month, and even the small community of Marvell Phillips County unanimously passed a non-discrimination ordinance on June 11, On June 16,Fayetteville succeeded in passing a new, modified ordinance protecting individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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From its inception, the bill was widely criticized as a means of permitting discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people, especially given that the lead sponsor, Representative Bob Ballinger, refused to allow protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to be added.

The Arkansas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign led several protests in the run-up to the vote on the bill, and national civil rights leaders, such as Dr. Julian Bond, publicly condemned the measure, as did several Arkansas-based businesses, including Walmart and Acxiom. This all came on the heels of the state of Indiana suffering national outrage, and facing boycotts, for earlier Arkansas bi couples. a nearly identical law. Governor Asa Hutchinsoninitially a supporter of the bill, asked the legislature to recall HB and substitute a bill modeled more closely on a federal law.

The replacement bill, SBwas guardedly praised as a compromise measure, though critics pointed out its total lack of an anti-discrimination measure. On June 26,with a 5 — 4 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodgesthe U. Supreme Court announced that states cannot ban gay marriage, legalizing it nationwide. On September 8,voters in Fayetteville approved a new ordinance that banned discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, though it had stronger exceptions for religious organizations than did the version of the ordinance.

InArkansas continued to have no forms of hate-crime laws or laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender, but a federal judge the same year sided with the U. This determination followed a similar federal level case also won by the EEOC against gender identity discrimination. The Supreme Court has yet to make a ruling on the issue.

On December 8,the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that people in a same-sex relationship do not automatically have the right to have their names appear on the birth certificates of their children; however, on June 26,the U. Supreme Court reversed the ruling. On November 3,Evelyn Rios Stafford was elected to the Washington County Quorum Court Arkansas bi couples. justice of the peace for District 12, becoming what is believed to be the first openly transgender person to be elected to public office in Arkansas.

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The next year, however, witnessed a growing legislative backlash, with Arkansas being one of more than thirty states where Arkansas bi couples. lawmakers were seeking to enact legislation restricting the activities of transgender people. Governor Hutchinson ed the former into law on March 25, The law was widely regarded as a retread of the bill, allowing discrimination against LGBTQ persons, but did not attract the same level of national outrage, the fact that most Republican-led states were advancing such legislation that year perhaps serving to diffuse the opprobrium.

On April 5, Governor Hutchinson vetoed this bill, describing it as well-intended but misguided, and also noted that he fully expected the legislature to override his veto, which they did the following day, making Arkansas the first state in the nation to implement such a ban. For additional information: Barth, Jay. The Arkansas Case. Barth, Jay, and Janine Parry. Christensen, Kathryn. Cottingham, Jan. Froelich, Jacqueline Ann. Grant, Melissa Gira. Heintzman, Caroline M. Gohn : Content Discrimination in Funding.

Arnold Prize Essaysedited by Stephen A. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, Arkansas bi couples. Herzog, Rachel. Herzog, Rachel, and Michael R. Human Rights Campaign Local: Arkansas. Koon, David. Massey, Kyle. Muse, Rohn. Price, Tyre Mica. Thompson, Brock. Thomson, Mark. New York: St. Tubbs, Charlotte. Vrbin, Tess. White, Dominique Antoinette. Wickline, Michael R. Honor or memorial gifts are an everlasting way to pay tribute to someone who has touched your life. When a tribute gift is given the honoree will receive a letter acknowledging your generosity and a bookplate will be placed in a book.

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