Building unity within the community, one Guncle and one family at a time.
Guncles are Great Welcomes You
Guncles are Great at a Glance
Guncles are Great aims to fill Arkansas with trusted mentors, friends, and champions in the form of the Gay Uncle, or “Guncle.” Our nonprofit, LGBTQ+ organization based in Jonesboro, Arkansas is focused on normalizing the gay experience through the power of community support and mentorship. Our “Guardian Guncles” support struggling middle class families who need extra helping hands by offering them community workshops, financial aid, and youth mentorship. We are working to build bridges between gay and straight communities in Northeast Arkansas across generations, political lines, sexual identities, and backgrounds. Our vision is for our community members to reach across the aisle and across the kitchen table in a spirit of love and friendship as we build unity within the community, one Guncle and one family at a time.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GUNCLE?
You are a role model: You take pride in modeling authenticity, integrity, and kindness because you know young eyes are watching and learning.
You are a protector: Your role is to always have the backs of the young people in your life. You take that role as a protector very seriously, but…
…You take life less seriously overall: You learn to enjoy the moment and let kids be kids. In this environment, your imagination and creativity blossom.
You give back: It’s important to you to set aside your time to make others’ dreams come true. You are always looking for ways to lend a helping hand and step up to be a hero in your community.
You play: One more piggyback ride is never enough. There’s always a little more time for play. You might even get excited about children’s parties.
You learn to listen more: Doing so helps you see things from different viewpoints and learn to appreciate and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
Your wardrobe might change: A baby carrier becomes part of your wardrobe. Your favorite t-shirt might have a few stains on it from dirty little hands and spit up. You may even have a few t-shirts in your wardrobe that say things like “World's best Guncle.”
You savor the precious moments: You want time to slow so you can enjoy the precious moments longer. They grow up so fast. You treasure every single second in life more -- especially when it’s time with your nieces and nephews.
“The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming--to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you're not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.”