Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV  show “Will and Grace.”

Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed college  diploma. Read more »

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Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.

"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."

Ricks says the hurricane left her with nothing but a swimsuit and river shoes. It was the people in Magnolia who helped her start over. With a wide, mischievous grin, she explains how last year she ran for at-large city alderman and won. Read more »

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Yep, I’m Gay, and I’m a CEO—It Doesn’t Stop Me From Running a Great Business

Yep, I’m Gay, and I’m a CEO—It Doesn’t Stop Me From Running a Great Business

Corporate leaders need to realize that a strong company should make money—and be a force for social change

There’s been a lot of attention in the media recently about the lack of publicly gay business leaders. The implication from certain articles — e.g., “Where Are the Gay Chief Executives?” and “Among Gay C.E.O.s, the Pressure to Conform” — is that companies and their boards remain one of the last bastions of opposition to gay equality, and that gay CEOs fear reprisal from shareholders, therefore remaining extremely discreet or closeted. But I have had a different personal experience and I feel compelled to share it. Read more »

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Location

Salut Kitchen Bar
1435 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

Join ONE Community and the Human Rights Campaign as we await the Tempe Prop 475 decision and the rest of the Primary Election results!

This event is FREE but please RSVP below!

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Location

Fry's Food Store
4025 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Mercury fans are encouraged to stop by Fry’s Food Store, located on Thunderbird and 40th Street, for the official Phoenix Mercury Playoff Fan Rally, on Wednesday, August 20 from 8-10 a.m., courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores.

Mercury entertainers will be on hand to paint the car windows of fans in attendances as well as give away a variety of prizes, including a pair of courtside seats to Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series with the Los Angeles Sparks.

In addition, fans who spend $50 at Fry’s Food Store will receive a voucher on the bottom of their receipt for two complimentary tickets to Game 1 courtesy of Fry’s Food Store, while supplies last. Read more »

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The Toast to Marriage campaign is designed to bring awareness to marriage equality in targeted states throughout the country.  We all know why that's important, especially here in Arizona.  
 
'Toast to Marriage' already has great press circulating due to some cool factors such as setting a Guinness record for the world's largest toast, influential photographers who are capturing stylized photos at the events, and having Lance Bass as the project spokesperson.  Freedom to Marry, the largest charity fighting for marriage equality, is the beneficiary of these efforts.  

JOIN US FOR ALL THESE FUN ACTIVITIES Read more »

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Location

US Airways Center
201 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Come watch our Mighty Mercury play LA in the first round of the playoffs!

Click HERE to purchase tickets!

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How the advent of AIDS advanced gay rights

How the advent of AIDS advanced gay rights

The deadly disease, renamed acquired immune deficiency syndrome after the virus was identified, travelled quickly through the gay community, but fear travelled even faster in mainstream society.

Gay men, even men suspected of being gay, lost their jobs – they were evicted from apartments and they were ostracized. Newspapers carried earnest stories about the risks of catching AIDS from a toilet seat in a public restroom. Funeral homes refused to handle bodies, and hospitals turned patients away, or placed them in isolation. There was talk of quarantining the sick in modern-day leper colonies and tattooing the infected to warn prospective sex partners of the danger. Read more »

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