Arizona

Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

After the October legalization of gay marriage, many human-rights advocates pointed out that same-sex couples could marry that Friday but be fired Monday for putting wedding photos on their desks at work.

That's because Arizona is one of 29 states without workplace protections based on sexual orientation and one of 32 without workplace protections based on gender identity or expression.

Sixty-five percent of Arizonans are not covered by anti-discrimination policies encompassing sexual orientation or gender expression in housing, workplaces, or leisure activities like lodging, restaurants or entertainment, according to calculations done by One Community, a human-rights and business-advocacy organization, Read more »

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Location

Joy Ride Tacos
5202 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Join us for an update on our combined efforts to bring full equality to Arizona. 

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What If: Lawmakers pass another SB 1062?

What If: Lawmakers pass another SB 1062?

What If: Two lawmakers weigh the pros and cons of another religious-liberty bill.

Speculation abounds that lawmakers will try to pass another bill like Senate Bill 1062, described by supporters as religious-liberty measure and by opponents as a denial of service to gays.

We asked two experts: What would happen if the Legislature passes another SB 1062?

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WE'D PROTECT RIGHTS

It's not hard to imagine what Arizona would look like if SB 1062 had been signed into law earlier this year, or if it were to ever come up again: It would look very similar to how Arizona — and the nation — look today. Read more »

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These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation

These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation

Students in states such as South Carolina and Alabama face significantly more bullying over their sexual orientation than students in states like Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In October, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that works to make schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, released its 2013 National School Climate Survey. On Thursday, the group released further information about what these survey results look like by state, revealing the varying challenges faced by LGBT students in different areas of the country. Read more »

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Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business

Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business

Arizona officials like to tout the state's business friendliness, but, according toForbes, the state could do better.

The venerable magazine listed Arizona No. 22 in its list of best states for business. Not bad – but it certainly could be better.

Forbes' annual list was compiled by evaluating 36 data points across six areas: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Business costs received the most weight in the rankings.

Arizona was smack in the middle for business costs, ranked No. 25. The state fared slightly better in terms of labor supply and regulatory environment, ranking 17th in both of those areas. Read more »

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Location

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar
320 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

It's been quite the journey for ONE Community since starting up in 2008 and we're happy to say that this event marks 6 awesome years of business here in Arizona!

In place of our monthly "First Monday", we are inviting all of our amazing friends and family to celebrate turning 6 years old!

Join us at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 5:30-7PM on Monday, December 1, 2014!

This event is FREE for the first 75 PEOPLE to RSVP. Due to room size, we will need to limit it to the first 75 people to register! 

Don't delay! RSVP today! Read more »

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Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report

Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report

In one year, Arizona has gone from being home to one city lauded as a leader in gay civil rights to sporting three municipalities garnering the accolades.

In 2013, Phoenix was the only city in Arizona to score 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index. The index grades how U.S. municipalities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The Human Rights Campaign is a national gay-rights organization.

This year, Tempe, Tucson and Phoenix received perfect scores on the 0-100 scale. The cities also were among 23 designated "All Stars," for excelling on matters of equality without relying on state law. Read more »

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Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

About an hour after same-sex couples were granted the right to receive marriage licenses in Arizona last month, Marianne Bayardi said the first thing she was going to do was adopt her daughter.

Well, not her daughter, exactly, but the girl her wife gave birth to in 2005, the girl she has been co-parenting since.

In Arizona, there's no prohibition against gay people adopting; it's always up to the placement agency to determine who would be the best parent to a child. But several laws have made it hard, and often legally risky, for same-sex couples to create families. Read more »

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Arizona Town Hall: Education and infrastructure need to be lawmakers' top focus

Approaching solutions with civil discoursewill achieve results, says the more than 120 Arizona Town Hall panelists with actionable recommendations to Governor-elect Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature. The group finds the state's struggling economy will be helped with focus on five priorities:

Education and workforce development
Infrastructure
Tourism
Entrepreneurship, local business and expansion of trade
Establish Arizona as a welcoming, culturally diverse place Read more »

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