Location

Tempe Improv
930 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

Do you want to enjoy a great night of comedy and support our friends over at St. Mary's Food Bank? Hal Sparks (from Queer As Folk & Talk Soup) will be in town this Thursday at the Tempe Improv and the first 100 customers with a donation of 5 non-perishable food items will get FREE admission.

Summer is a challenging time at the Food Bank. Children who normally receive meals from school feeding programs have to look elsewhere when school is out and many families turn to food banks. Help support a great organization and enjoy a great night of comedy! Read more »

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PetSmart CHANGE Agent

PetSmart is proud to present ONE Community's CHANGE Agent Program. The program is designed to educate business and community leaders on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonan's CHANGE Agents work with individuals, businesses and organizations on signing the UNITY Pledge. For more information visit www.UNITYPledge.co

Presented by PetSmart the CHANGE AGENT Program was designed to give you—our present and future business leaders—the tools you need to spread the word about UNITY Pledge.

Spread a message dear to your heart
Network with others who share your passion
Make a difference in your communityThe time commitment Read more »

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Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.

The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel's decision can be appealed to the full court or to the Supreme Court. Read more »

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Homophobic NFL Coach Gets 3-Game Suspension

Homophobic NFL Coach Gets 3-Game Suspension

The Minnesota Vikings have suspended Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer three games without pay for making homophobic remarks in the locker room.

Independent investigators confirmed allegations by former Viking Chris Kluwe that Priefer, whose attitude toward Kluwe reportedly changed after the punter began his outspoken LGBT advocacy, told Kluwe that “we should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” Though Priefer denied making the remark, Kluwe’s account was corroborated by Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler. Read more »

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Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge there’s a good reason Arizona won’t let gays marry: They can’t reproduce, at least not without the help of a third person.

Papers filed in federal court defending the ban say voters, in approving the constitutional amendment in 2008, are entitled to “define marriage for their community.” But the lawyers also are arguing to U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick there’s a public purpose in the state getting into the business of regulating private relationships: Ensuring that children are, whenever possible, raised by a biological mother and biological father. Read more »

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Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

GOP Rep. David Jolly of Florida came out this week in support of marriage equality for gay couples.

The congressman told The Washington Post on Monday that his personal views about marriage center on it being a union between a man and a woman. But, he added, states should not define the “sanctity” of marriage.

“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” Jolly said in a statement to the Post. “But as a matter of constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state.” Read more »

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Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Stigma and discrimination have always played a major role in the global AIDS epidemic, but they are getting renewed attention this year at the ongoing International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

A study released Monday at the conference shows that vulnerable communities in Nigeria fared far worse after legislation was passed criminalizing gay male sex. And in a panel scheduled for Wednesday , researchers were expected to discuss way to help advocates, doctors and patients combat stigma. Read more »

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