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Shop at Fry's and Give Back through the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Shop at Fry's and Give Back through the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Fry's V.I.P Rewards members can register their card to benefit the ONE Community Foundation. Every time you shop at Fry's a portion of your sale will directly benefit us. The good news is it's free and all you have to do is register your rewards card.   Read more »

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REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

PHOENIX (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today, Phoenix-based Republic Services announced it has signed theUNITY Pledge. Created in 2013 by ONE Community, the Pledge gives Arizona businesses and individuals a way to demonstrate support for workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals.  Read more »

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'Take Me OUT To The Ballpark' Elevates LGBT White Sox Fans

'Take Me OUT To The Ballpark' Elevates LGBT White Sox Fans

Here's an inspiring response to what turned out to be a disappointing (but depressingly familiar) scenario.

In August, the White Sox announced that the sporting organization would begin sponsoring a night called "LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox," in celebration and support of the queer community. Anti-gay bigots then took to the White Sox Facebook page to express their disappointment with the organization for backing the initiative.

In response, Chicago-based director Sam Ciaramitaro has produced a short film titled "Take Me OUT To The Ballpark" that aims to elevate the voices and stories of five White Sox fans who are either identify as LGBT or support LGBT rights. Read more »

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Announcing the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Award Winners

Announcing the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Award Winners

Scottsdale, AZ (September 29, 2014)— On Saturday, September 27, valley chefs battled the storm so they could compete at the inaugural Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event. Presented by the Scottsdale Chamber, it all went down at the Venue Scottsdale from 6-10 p.m.
 
The two part competition included the World Chef Challenge qualifier – voted on by a panel of local food experts including Mike Wahlberg, executive chef at Vintage 95 in Chandler, Joanie Simon, host of Restaurant Live Arizona and Kate Crowley, a local food writer and marketing consultant.
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Lesbian Couple Featured In Arizona Dem's Ad Hitting Opponent Over Anti-LGBT Bill

A Democrat running for secretary of state in Arizona is highlighting his Republican opponent's vote in favor of a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBT people on "religious freedom" grounds.

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's new television spot features Melanie Puskar-Blakely, Tonya Blakely and their two children discussing state Sen. Michele Reagan's vote in favor of SB 1062, which Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed in February. Read more »

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Lesbian couple denied homecoming bid at Surprise school

Lesbian couple denied homecoming bid at Surprise school

Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty must be made up of a male and female pair.

Supporters of the couple say any ballots nominating the couple for homecoming royalty were discounted in a recent poll of students.

"We're tired of the social normality that the king and queen have to be male and female," said junior Kody Jiles, who added that it was unfair for the school to void student ballots.

Senior Samantha Breedveld said she supports the couple and is discouraged by her school's opposition to having a same-sex king and queen. Read more »

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

The first thing to acknowledge about diversity is that it can be difficult. In the U.S., where the dialogue of inclusion is relatively advanced, even the mention of the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict. Supreme Court justices disagree on the virtues of diversity and the means for achieving it. Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity both internally and externally, yet they still face discrimination lawsuits, and the leadership ranks of the business world remain predominantly white and male. Read more »

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500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

The list of mayors who have signed on to  Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, grew to 500 as Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina joined the list. Two Utah mayors — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Park City Mayor Jack Thomas — joined the list earlier this year.

Last September, Freedom to Marry launched the list in the hopes that encouraging 500 mayors in states across the country to sign on to Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors for the Freedom to Marry was launched in 2012, and the robust bipartisan coalition now includes mayors from 45 states who are making the case for marriage in their cities.

Here is the statement they signed onto:

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Statement Read more »

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