About Us

The River Valley Equality Center, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been the River Valley's voice for LGBT equality since 2012. During RVEC's existence, we've grown from a handful of people meeting in a living room to a full-fledged organization providing support groups, community events, education, and more. With your help, we hope to continue our growth and the work we're doing.

Mission Statement

The River Valley Equality Center is a community organization committed to non-violent advocacy for the rights of all humans, with an emphasis on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities and other minority sexualities. RVEC is using a combination of visible action, education, and social support to change misinformed hatred and prejudice to acceptance and goodwill.


President: Jason Phillips

Secretary: Jordan Ruud

Treasurer: Willie Frisby

Director-at-Large: Lyndsey Reeves

Director-at-Large: Paul Sexton

Director-at-Large and Pathways to Freedom Representative: Belva Freeman

Director-at-Large and Pathways to Freedom Representative: Joshua Odom


Need immediate help?

We recommend the following services for crisis counseling:

Arkansas Crisis Hotline


The Trevor Project


Openarms Youth Project


Trans Lifeline



215 North 6th Street

(We meet in the Chambers Meeting Hall of St. John's Episcopal Church)

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901

Email : rivervalleyequalitycenter@gmail.com

Call : (479) 274-0825

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