Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole named ECHO Magazine's Man and Woman of the Year

For their support of the LGBT community, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole have been named Man and Woman of the Year by Echo Magazine, Arizona’s leading publication for the LGBT community.

The Stantons are featured in a cover story interview in Echo Magazine’s Dec. 20 Year in Review edition, which also includes an honor roll of other local allies and a review of the top LGBT stories of the year.

Since Mayor Stanton took office in January, the Stantons have been advocates for many of the LGBT community’s core issues, including anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, marriage equality and HIV/AIDS awareness. Read more »

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OC Business Member Arizona Broadway Theatre Hello Dolly!

OC Business Member Arizona Broadway Theatre Hello Dolly!

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is proud to announce the opening of Hello Dolly! on January 11, 2013; on stage through February 17.  Hello Dolly! marks the Theatre’s 56th Mainstage production since opening its doors in November of 2005.

“No season would be complete without bringing to our stage a show as full of life and as vibrant as Hello Dolly!,” said ABT’s Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake. “Whether you’ve seen the show before on stage or film, or if our production will be your first time, you’re sure to leave calling Hello Dolly! a favorite. It’s shear audience enjoyment!” Read more »

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Gabrielle Ludwig, Transgender Mission College Basketball Player, Keeps Head High

Gabrielle Ludwig, Transgender Mission College Basketball Player, Keeps Head High

The women's basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

Coach Corey Cafferata worried the outside noise was getting to his players, particularly the 50-year-old Ludwig. Read more »

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Americans Favor Rights for Gays, Lesbians to Inherit, Adopt

Americans Favor Rights for Gays, Lesbians to Inherit, Adopt

But less than half favor allowing openly gay adults to serve as Boy Scout leaders

Most Americans say gay and lesbian domestic partners or spouses should have inheritance rights and health insurance and other benefits. And a majority say gays and lesbians should be able to legally adopt children.

These findings are from a Nov. 26-29, 2012, USA Today/Gallup poll. Results from the same poll show that a majority of Americans favor the legalization of same-sex marriage, and 63% believe that discrimination against gays and lesbians is a serious problem in the United States.

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Illinois Lawmakers Hope to OK Gay Marriage in Jan.

Illinois Lawmakers Hope to OK Gay Marriage in Jan.

Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday that they will seek to legalize gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes early next year - a push that comes just 18 months after the state started allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Democrats, declined to detail the status of roll-call votes in each chamber during a conference call with reporters. But Harris has previously said he wouldn’t bring a bill to the floor without assurances that there are enough votes to pass it.

"We’re in striking distance of being able to get it done," Stearns said. Read more »

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Jon Stewart Sounds Off On Gay Marriage Ahead Of Supreme Court Hearings (VIDEO)

The Supreme Court is just now getting around to hearing cases on gay marriage, which makes one thing very clear: progress is super slow.

Jon Stewart put a very fine point on it Thursday night with his "LGBTQ Watch: S#@t Just Got Real Edition", where he top-lined the Prop 8 and DOMA cases that will soon go before the nation's highest court.

If "good ol' Slippery Sodomy Slope Scalia" has his way, things could get rough for the gay community.

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Illinois gay-marriage advocates to push for January vote

 Illinois gay-marriage advocates to push for January vote

Legal gay marriage may be coming to Illinois as soon as next month.

After counting heads and consulting with legislative leaders, the chief sponsors of a bill to permit same-sex couples to get married in the state disclosed this morning that they intend to push for a vote in the General Assembly's lame-duck session, which will occur over two weeks just after New Year's.

And, in an indication of how big a campaign the pro side is launching, they've hired the firm founded by top presidential adviser David Axelrod to help them with media, organization and outreach to potential supporters, including corporate officials. Read more »

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The Board of Directors at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS today announced that Carol Poore, Ph.D., who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007, has given notice she will resign March 1, 2013 to pursue public-private community-building projects and global research examining the importance of community networks to vibrant downtowns. 

Southwest Center’s Board has engaged the executive search firm McCormack and Associates to begin a national search for a successor to Ms. Poore. The Board is committed to a seamless transition to a new leader after the successful tenure of Ms. Poore.  Read more »

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