Prescott College Queer Student Union Opposes Arizona Senate Bill 1045

Prescott College is taking a stand in opposition to Arizona Senate Bill 1045, the so-called “Bathroom Bill.” Prescott College stands for the safety, inclusion, and just treatment of all people. As part of our commitment to social justice, the College opposes Arizona SB 1045 on the grounds that it discriminates against segments of the population. In its current form, the bill protects Arizona businesses, counties, and cities from civil or criminal liability if they choose to bar people from using bathrooms that do not match their birth sex. 

We believe that this legislation, if passed, will disproportionately impact transgender and gender non-conforming people.  Read more »

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Gay Marriage Law Passes Crucial Vote In France

Gay Marriage Law Passes Crucial Vote In France

Gays and lesbians in France may soon be able to marry and become parents.

The marriage equality bill currently before lawmakers would grant French same-sex couples the right to wed and jointly adopt children.

Although the first article of the bill, which removes all gender references from marriage applications, was approved in the National Assembly on Feb. 2, opponents added more than 5,000 amendments in order to slow down the legislation's passage. Final approval of the whole bill occurred on Feb. 12 with a vote of 329 to 229, the CBC reported. Read more »

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Boogie Nights at The Venue Scottsdale

Boogie Nights at The Venue Scottsdale

Relive those dance filled nights!
April 20th is the start of our new event series:

BOOGIE NIGHTS

Brought to you by

The Venue Scottsdale and Eva 95.5 The Valley’s Old School 
Saturday, April 20th from 8:00PM to 1:00AM

DJ Pauly spinning your favorites from the 70′s and 80′s
with Drink Specials, Photo Booth, Food and Live Entertainment!

Come as you are or  dress to impress and be
entered to win Cash Prizes, ticket packages and more!

General Admission and VIP Tickets are available,
so we expect to see you here and shake that groove thang!

VIP Tickets include:

Access to second floor VIP area with view of entire party Read more »

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Mercury to select the #1 pick during WNBA Draft Viewing Party at Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, April 15

PHOENIX –The Phoenix Mercury own the #1 Pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft and will host the official Mercury WNBA Draft Viewing Party at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix’s CityScape on April 15, beginning at 4 p.m.  The broadcast of this year’s WNBA Draft will be on ESPN2, beginning at 5 p.m. 

The team is offering a limited number of free draft party tickets to Mercury fans. Fans can log on to phxmerc.com/draft to register for a chance to attend the event. Read more »

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Antidiscrimination laws can have a significant positive impact on how gays and lesbians are treated in employment situations, according to new research from Rice University. The study on public awareness of sexual-orientation employment-antidiscrimination laws is one of the first to provide empirical evidence for the likely impact of pending antidiscrimination legislation.
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Granville vows to push for civil unions in Tempe

During the week that thousands gathered at Phoenix’s Pride Festival to bring awareness to gay-rights issues, a Tempe councilman vowed  to fight for legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Councilman Kolby Granville says his push for civil unions for Tempe residents will not be deterred by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s threats to sue Bisbee for approving similar rights last week.

Granville, a Democrat, believes that despite the state’s ban against same-sex marriages, Tucson and Flagstaff, historically liberal-leaning cities, soon will join efforts in Arizona to legalize civil unions. Read more »

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Rick Santorum: It Would Be 'Suicidal' For GOP To Embrace Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum: It Would Be 'Suicidal' For GOP To Embrace Gay Marriage

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) continued to bolster his social conservative platform on Monday, telling the Des Moines Register that the GOP must maintain its opposition to marriage equality to avert political suicide. He also predicted that the Supreme Court would reject gay-marriage rights in upcoming rulings.

“I’m sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, ‘The Republican party’s going to change. This is the future.’ Obviously that didn’t happen,” Santorum said. “I think you’re going to see the same stories written now and it’s not going to happen. The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue. In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did.” Read more »

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Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson, one of the last Democratic senators to oppose same-sex marriage, changed his position on Monday.

“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson (D-S.D.) said in a statement. “This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”

Johnson is the latest lawmaker to reverse positions on the issue: last week saw senators including Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) do the same. Johnson announced last month that he was not seeking reelection in 2014.

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