BREAKING: 11th Circuit Denies Stay in Alabama Marriage Equality Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama Attorney General’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. With today’s ruling, loving, committed same-sex couples can begin to marry beginning February, 9, 2015, unless the Supreme Court of the United States issues a stay. Read more »

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Location

Ballet Arizona
2835 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: 602-381-0184
Fax: 602-381-0189

LGBT Night Out at the Ballet
All Balanchine
 
Thursday, April 30, 2014
Symphony Hall
 
5:30 pm: Private Reception
cash bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
 
6:15 pm: Artist Chat with Guest Speaker
 
7:00 pm: Performance *
 
First Intermission: Reception with Guest Speaker
cash bar with complimentary dessert
 
 
Ballet Arizona’s annual celebration of the great master George Balanchine, who defined and created American ballet. This year’s program features works from three different decades: Read more »

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The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

Lasting change doesn't come in big jumps. It happens through a lot of smaller steps — not all of them smooth or easy.

Last week, the Mormon church took one of those steps when it acknowledged the steady movement toward true equality for gays and lesbians. In a rare press conference, top church leaders expressed support for laws that bar discrimination in housing, employment "and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections."

This was not unequivocal, however. In fact, some have criticized the event as being largely designed to co-opt the call to end discrimination.

That's a fair observation. Read more »

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The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

"We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, values and behaviors in the process," a church elder, Jeffrey R. Holland, said in announcing the church's position. Read more »

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Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

(CNN)In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce.

Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups.

In exchange, the Mormon church wants gay rights advocates -- and the government -- to back off. Read more »

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Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Season of "firsts" including a U.S. opera company premiere, three operas never before seen in Arizona, and twenty company debuts from leading talent
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Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

Gay rights takes center stage at Davos

For the first time, LGBT rights are on the official agenda at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Some participants explain what it means to them.

In 2011, when Beth Brooke-Marciniak came out to her coworkers at Ernst & Young, she says she initially became withdrawn at work. After years of hiding her private life in the office, the global vice chair at EY said she struggled to figure out how to be gay and a business leader at the same time. Read more »

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Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

Out and abroad: businesses have a responsibility to support gay staff

It may be more than a decade since anti-discrimination legislation was introduced in the UK to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people at work, but the picture for LGB workers worldwide remains bleak. Just a quarter of countries offer similar employment protections and homosexual acts remain illegal in 77 countries and may be punishable by death in 10. With many businesses expanding into lucrative emerging economies where gay rights are still stifled, how can corporations help improve equality in less tolerant societies by creating inclusive workplaces around the world? Read more »

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