Arizona

Local First Arizona Releases Fifth Edition of Phoenix Small Wonders Map

Local First Arizona Releases Fifth Edition of Phoenix Small Wonders Map

Local First Arizona has released the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map, a pocket-sized guide featuring nearly sixty local restaurants, galleries, boutiques, venues, and experiences located in the central Phoenix area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated. 
“We created the Small Wonders maps series to help Arizona residents and visitors find the unique local businesses in their neighborhoods,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Our central Phoenix map has been one of our most popular maps. We have found that visitors especially love to use the map to find the best local restaurants and shops to experience Phoenix like a true local.” Read more »

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Look for return of SB 1062 if Doug Ducey wins

Look for return of SB 1062 if Doug Ducey wins

On Election Day, Tempe took one step toward expanding LGBT rights and Arizona potentially took a giant leap back by nominating Doug Ducey as GOP candidate for governor.

If Ducey becomes governor, institutional discrimination could become law when Cathi Herrod returns with "SB 1062, The Sequel."

Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy is a key Ducey supporter, who lists his commitment to "traditional marriage" as one of the reasons.

She was a top backer of SB 1062, which would have allowed a business to deny service based on religious beliefs. It was a direct assault on the LGBT community, and the outcry against it led to Gov. Jan Brewer's veto. 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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Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie could get his Hawaiian marriage dissolved in an Arizona court.

The ruling means that, in Arizona, transgender persons who have legally changed their birth certificates to reflect their new gender are afforded the same rights to get driver's licenses and marriage licenses as any other individuals.

Beatie, 40, was born female, but in 1997, he began testing to determine his psychological gender, and in 2002 underwent the first of his gender-reassignment surgeries. Under Hawaiian law, he was able to have his birth certificate amended and be legally recognized as male. He subsequently married. Read more »

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September Concerts & Events at MIM

September Concerts & Events at MIM

September 2014 Concerts & Events
As of August 8, 2014
The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).
Tickets/Info (unless otherwise specified): MIM.org or 480.478.6000 Read more »

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Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge there’s a good reason Arizona won’t let gays marry: They can’t reproduce, at least not without the help of a third person.

Papers filed in federal court defending the ban say voters, in approving the constitutional amendment in 2008, are entitled to “define marriage for their community.” But the lawyers also are arguing to U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick there’s a public purpose in the state getting into the business of regulating private relationships: Ensuring that children are, whenever possible, raised by a biological mother and biological father. Read more »

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Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

July Fourth is more than just a holiday. It's a statement about the values we hold as Arizonans and Westerners, the freedom to make our own choices, live our own live and look forward to a better Arizona.

More than 70 percent of Arizonans believe there is equality in places of employment for all in our state. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. Today, in Arizona, you can still be fired for who you are and who you may love. Read more »

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The 4th Somewhat Annual Phoenix Independents Bowl Returns June 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Stephen Chilton
stephenchilton@gmail.com, 480.628.4303

THE 4TH SOMEWHAT ANNUAL PHOENIX INDEPENDENTS BOWL

Phoenix, Arizona (May 13, 2014) - The Phoenix Independents Bowl is returning on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Dozens of teams comprised of Phoenix's best independent bands, independent businesses, and independent minded citizens will compete in a bowling tournament for the ages at Let It Roll Bowl, one of the few independently owned bowling alleys in Phoenix. Read more »

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Location

Mesa Red Mountain Center
7550 East Adobe
Mesa, AZ 85207

Check out the second annual Arizona LDS LGBT/SSA Friends & Family Conference, ALL Are Alike Unto God on April 26, 2014.

We invite all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Mormons, and those who experience same-sex attraction, to gather together in a spirit of fellowship and understanding with loved  ones, family, and fellow members of the LDS Church for a conversation on the experience of LGBT/SSA Mormons on April 26, 2014.

2014 ALL Are Alike Unto God Conference Highlights:

Keynote speaker: Tom Christofferson, A Panel Discussion with LGBT/SSA Mormons and family members from Arizona, Inspiring Music, Opportunities for Sharing. Read more »

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