Arizona

Glendale Chamber of Commerce and Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau Sign the Unity Pledge in Support of Diversity

September 4th, 2014 (Phoenix AZ) –The Glendale Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce have signed the UNITY Pledge.  They join other member based organizations in this commitment including Local First Arizona, the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, AZ Chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Assn. Read more »

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Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

We’re at 19 states and counting when it comes to same-sex marriage, which is great. But most people don’t realize there are still 32 states where you can be fired just for being LGBT.

President Obama’s executive order is only for federal contractors and the proposed national law (ENDA) is flawed and stalled in congress.

The next frontier for LGBT rights is in the workplace with corporations leading the way where state and federal law falls short.

Finding equality in the workplace is an issue many LGBT people struggle with every day. Read more »

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9th Circuit gets 3 cases on same-sex marriage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today in three cases challenging restrictions on same-sex marriage.

And while none of the cases are from Arizona, the court's ruling on those cases will apply to the state.

The odds are stacked against an Arizona law that defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Arizona is among 31 states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.

Judges in more than a dozen of those states, including three federal appeals-court circuits, have struck down bans like Arizona's.

The 9th Circuit is widely considered the most liberal in the nation. Read more »

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9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today pummeled the defenders of three state laws that forbid same-sex couples from marrying.

The cases being heard by a three-judge panel were filed in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based 9th circuit, so any ruling will apply to this state as well. The laws being challenged are similar to Arizona's, which defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Attorney Monte Stewart, with the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, defended the Idaho and Nevada laws before the court. He focused on the argument that allowing "genderless marriage" would lead to an increase in fatherless children and undermine what he called the child's "bonding right." Read more »

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Arizona cities respect human dignity: Can lawmakers?

Arizona cities respect human dignity: Can lawmakers?

Arizona cities are moving steadily forward in embracing equality. The state needs to do the same.

Sound naive? Sure it does. When it comes to rights based on sexual orientation or sexual identity, Arizona lawmakers are better known for racing backward.

But this is about basic human dignity.

The cities are showing the way.

Tempe's vote to become the first city in the state to enshrine protections for LGBT city workers in its charter showed strong public support. And let's face it: Taking the question to the voters last week was gutsy. Read more »

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Location

Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

WHAT: The Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection forms new local business partnerships between food buyers and suppliers, offers breakout workshops, networking opportunities and suppliers’ marketplace (a vendor fair exclusively for Arizona food suppliers); and holds first open invitation local food reception. 

WHEN: Monday, October 6th, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

ITINERARY
1:00: Keynote speaker in Dorrance Hall
2:00: Breakout sessions throughout garden
3:15: Suppliers’ Marketplace in Dorrance Hall
4:00: Open invitation Local Foods Reception in Dorrance Hall Read more »

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Location

The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042

Join us to listen to true stories told live by civic leaders who've faced miniscule budgets, crazy push-back, political opposition and other gobsmacking hurdles on their paths to making the Valley more awesome.

Featured tellers:

Urias Communications' managing partner Jennifer Sanchez, SRP's Latino relations manager Tony Moya, One Community's president Angela Hughey, Lockton Companies' producer Brian Bogert, Intel's director of veterans recruiting Robert Polston, ASU Cronkite News' content director Heather Dunn and Arizona RepublicBusiness editor Kathy Tulumello.

Additional information 

Registration begins at 6 p.m., stories begin prompty at 7 p.m.   Read more »

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Activists: Tempe anti-discrimination vote sign of statewide momentum

Activists: Tempe anti-discrimination vote sign of statewide momentum

To activist Joshua Zaragoza, Tempe’s overwhelming approval of workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender municipal workers is a springboard for other cities to pass non-discrimination measures.

“The objective and the goal in those cities would be to see a non-discrimination ordinance passed to send a message across the state and the country that those cities are open for business to everyone,” said Zaragoza, senior field organizer for the Human Rights Campaign in Arizona.

On Aug. 26, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 475, making Tempe the first Arizona city to amend its charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers. The measure also includes workplace protections for veterans. Read more »

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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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