Billy Bean hired by Major League Baseball as Ambassador For Inclusion, will lead gay inclusion program

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jor League Baseball has hired openly gay former ballplayer Billy Bean as their new Ambassador For Inclusion. Bean's job will be to assure all MLB stakeholders of an inclusive and equitable workplace and provide awareness and educational resources that help mandate the league's workplace code of conduct. Bean will focus not just on sexual orientation, but also intersections of race, gender and other issues of diversity. Read more »

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Amid controversy, White House continues to support ENDA

Amid controversy, White House continues to support ENDA

Although a number of LGBT groups withdrew their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this week over the bill’s religious exemption, the White House insists the Obama administration’s support hasn’t wavered.

Under questioning from the Washington Blade on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is aware of concerns over ENDA, but continues to support the bill.

“I know that advocates have changed their position on this, and we’re certainly aware of their changing position, but this administration has not changed ours,” Earnest said. Read more »

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Breaking: Major League Baseball To Use All-Star Game To Make Major Pro-LGBT Announcement

Major League Baseball will use Tuesday's All-Star game to make a major pro-LGBT announcement about homophobia in the sport. 

Just before Tuesday night's All-Star game in Minneapolis, Major League Baseball will make a major announcement about homophobia in baseball. 

Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler is reporting that tomorrow's announcement "will dramatically shift" MLB's "ability to combat homophobia and help gay players, coaches and staff in the League." Read more »

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Republican Governors Soften Rhetoric On Gay Marriage

Republican Governors Soften Rhetoric On Gay Marriage

Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years.

While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition— in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by social conservative values. Read more »

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Location

US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for a free kids’ clinic and find out how to establish a college savings game plan – Sponsored by Waddell & Reed, Inc.

WHEN:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TIME:

2 - 4 PM

(Registration begins at 1:30 PM in the main ticketing pavilion. Online registration is also available. See instructions below.)

WHERE:

US Airways Center

201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free parking: USAC Garage located on 1st Street,
just south of Jefferson Street

WHY:

To have fun, practice basketball skills and learn about ways to save for college, which includes the Ivy Funds Invest Ed 529 Plan. Read more »

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Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

Amy Tincher is an evangelical Christian who plays bass in the band at her suburban Ohio church, where she and her fellow congregants firmly believe the “words we adhere to” are those in the Bible. But last summer, without telling her husband and two kids exactly what she was doing, she boarded a plane for a conference in Kansas whose purpose many evangelicals would plainly consider heretical. Read more »

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Utah To Appeal Gay Marriage Ban Ruling With Supreme Court

Utah To Appeal Gay Marriage Ban Ruling With Supreme Court

 Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

"It is a milestone that when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, there will be at least one (gay marriage) petition pending," said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide. Read more »

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