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The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with “12 Days of Giving,” beginning December 8-December 23.

As part of the campaign, the organization will spread holiday cheer while giving back to a number of community organizations, as well as the Mercury’s X-Factor, the best fans in the WNBA. The series of events and fan giveaways will feature six days of community-giving and six days of fan-giving events.  Read more »

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Glendale to wait on anti-discrimination ordinance until 2015

Glendale to wait on anti-discrimination ordinance until 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. –  City officials will sign a document later this month pledging to protect individuals from discrimination within the local business community based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Meanwhile, the City Council Tuesday decided to put off consideration of two stronger measures – an anti-discrimination ordinance or a voter-approved city charter change – until after Jan. 1, when a new governing body will be in place. That panel will include three newly elected council members who will be sworn in Tuesday, Dec. 9.

“This is very big issue. The diversity of Glendale tends to be a very big part of it as the city grows,” said outgoing Vice Mayor Yvonne Knaack. Read more »

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What If: Lawmakers pass another SB 1062?

What If: Lawmakers pass another SB 1062?

What If: Two lawmakers weigh the pros and cons of another religious-liberty bill.

Speculation abounds that lawmakers will try to pass another bill like Senate Bill 1062, described by supporters as religious-liberty measure and by opponents as a denial of service to gays.

We asked two experts: What would happen if the Legislature passes another SB 1062?

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It's not hard to imagine what Arizona would look like if SB 1062 had been signed into law earlier this year, or if it were to ever come up again: It would look very similar to how Arizona — and the nation — look today. Read more »

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THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARRIVES AT SHERATON PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL

THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARRIVES AT SHERATON PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL

Property Offers a Variety of Ways to Connect with Family and Friends throughout December Read more »

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Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis. Read more »

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Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary

Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary

Gaming giant Nintendo made a shocking announcement last week that one of its most beloved characters doesn't identify along the gender binary.

Toad, Mario's buddy in classic games like "Super Mario Bros. 2," has long been assumed to be male but was in fact intended to be genderless. During an interview discussing "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker," a new game from Nintendo, producer Koichi Hayashida revealed some surprising new info about Toad, Toadette and the gender binary. Read more »

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Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday, leaving a tumultuous legacy with LGBT activists and some key promises on adjusting policies to make the military more LGBT-inclusive.

According to the Associated Press, Hagel is stepping down after a difficult time settling into the White House's national security team. He is the first senior Obama cabinet member to announce he is stepping down following the November midterm election, which was marked by Republican wins. Eric Holder announced in September that he would leave his position as attorney general. Read more »

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Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly

Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly

Apart from certain religious hierarchies, professional sports remains perhaps the biggest pocket of institutional homophobia left in American society. 

But that, too, might be changing.

The Chronicle reported last week that in preparation for Super Bowl 50 (which will be played in 2016 at Levi’s Stadium), the National Football League is adding LGBT-owned small businesses to its outreach efforts. Business Connect, which is intended to “increase opportunities for minority, women, disabled veteran” and LGBT-owned businesses, is a joint project between the NFL and the Bay Area’s host committee. Apart from being the right thing to do, it's also a shrewd business move in such an LGBT-heavy region. Read more »

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