Location

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ

Entrepreneurs, business professionals, and students will meet to learn from a power-packed lineup of business and media experts, network with leading executive men & women, and become part of a global economic revolution geared towards women & girls at the Third Annual Phoenix Women INVESTING in Women Summit Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Founder of Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, Anu Bhardwaj confirms that “this will be the largest Women INVESTING in Women Summit after having expanding our Global WIIW Summit Series across North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa over the past 12 months. Read more »

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Pediatrician won't treat baby with 2 moms

Pediatrician won't treat baby with 2 moms

 Sitting in the pediatrician's office with their 6-day-old daughter, the two moms couldn't wait to meet the doctor they had picked out months before.

The Roseville, Mich., pediatrician — one of many they had interviewed — seemed the perfect fit: She took a holistic approach to treating children. She used natural oils and probiotics. And she knew they were lesbians.

But as Jami and Krista Contreras sat in the exam room, waiting to be seen for their newborn's first checkup, another pediatrician entered the room and delivered a major blow: The doctor they were hoping for had a change of heart. After "much prayer," she decided that she couldn't treat their baby because they are lesbians. Read more »

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‘Relationship with Jesus’ doesn’t justify florist’s refusal to serve gay couple, judge rules

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws, a judgeruled Wednesday.

“Religious motivation does not excuse compliance with the law,” Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander C. Ekstrom said in his 60-page opinion. “In trade and commerce, and more particularly when seeking to prevent discrimination in public accommodations, the courts have confirmed the power of the legislative branch to prohibit conduct it deems discriminatory, even where the motivation for that conduct is grounded in religious belief.” Read more »

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Texas Judge Rules State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Texas Judge Rules State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

A Texas probate judge ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The ruling, by Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, was part of an estate battle, according to the Austin-American Statesman. An Austin woman sought to have her eight-year relationship with a woman who died of cancer in June recognized as a common-law marriage.

“Oh, we had a marriage. It was definitely a marriage,” Sonemaly Phrasavath, the woman challenging the state's ban, told KXAN late last year. “We carried ourselves as such. She was in every sense my wife and vice versa.” Read more »

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Location

Arizona Grand Resort
8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85044

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization,, is proud to announce the awardees for the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner – Aiken Schenk Law Firm and Lambda Legal as the Corporate Equality Award recipients, Bobbi Lancaster as the Individual Equality Award recipient, and the City of Tempe as the recipient of the Community Action Award.

Each will be honored at the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa on Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at HRCArizona.org. Read more »

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Location

Su Vino Winery
7035 E. Main Street Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

There are not many opportunities that allow you to pursue your dreams while protecting the dreams of others… Not many opportunities that allow you the flexibility to attend your children's sports game or dance recitals while also providing unlimited income potential… Not many opportunities that allow you to be a business owner while providing you with the financial and marketing support to help your business succeed…

Not many opportunities that allow you to continually grow along with one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the nation...

But that opportunity does exist — at American Family Insurance. Read more »

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Wyoming Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Wyoming Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

By 24-6 landslide, the Republican-dominated Wyoming state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in venues ranging from court juries and public schools to privately owned businesses that are open to the public.

The measure, which is supported by Gov. Matt Mead, will proceed to the state’s house of representatives.

Jeran Artery of Wyoming Equality was thrilled with the vote despite provisions that exempt religious organizations, Wyoming Public Media news director Bob Beckreported minutes afterward on Twitter. Read more »

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Rescinds Anti-Discrimination Protections For LGBT State Workers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday unilaterally rescinded rules that had protected state workers from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Brownback said an anti-discrimination order issued in 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), should have been done through legislation. Read more »

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