Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Accounting

Advisor

Norwood, John

Reader

Atwood, T.J.

Abstract

This study is a thorough documentation of the introduction and development of civil rights legislation in the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Specifically, the study details local and state-wide civil rights legislation that offers civil right protections to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community and the discrimination that they face. The state’s progression towards a more LGBT inclusive society began with local municipalities drafting ordinances protecting citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; this study focuses on Fayetteville’s and the legislative process that followed. The discussion of LGBT civil rights is a sensitive and controversial matter, and this study concludes with community and statewide feedback on the matter, and the question for federal reform.