Pride flagOn yesterday, July 14th, 2016, under the leadership of Drs. Khiela Holmes and Nick Rios, the ArPA Diversity Committee convened a community gathering at Christ Church in Little Rock.

The topic of discussion was, “Affirming The Transgender Community – A Discussion with Local Leaders.”


Panelists included:

Topics and Discussion centered around:

  • Education about transgender individuals
  • Current political climate around transgender issues
  • Psychological well-being
  • Experience within places of worship
  • Protective factors
  • Transgender children and their experience in school

The event was well attended with parents, transgender individuals, psychologists, educators, ministers, and interested citizens.

These kinds of gatherings afford opportunities to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of diverse groups in our community.

Patricia L. Griffen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Past-President of ArPA

Past ArPA Diversity Chair