Arizona

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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Location

The Westin Phoenix
333 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Westin Phoenix Downtown — Lapis on the rooftop
333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

As the Arizona economy begins to show signs of sustained improvement, the demand on our organization continues to grow. We are asking for your support as a key community partner by joining us as a 2014 AWEE After Dark sponsor on Friday, May 16th, at the Westin Downtown Phoenix.

AWEE After Dark supports us in building awareness and support for the assistance we provide to women, men, veterans and young adults throughout Arizona. AWEE After Dark spotlights real-life stories and celebrates the success of our participants and those who have helped them achieve dignity through work. Read more »

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After Arizona’s SB 1062, the Supreme Court Sees a Sequel

After Arizona’s SB 1062, the Supreme Court Sees a Sequel

This morning, March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two cases brought by for-profit corporations demanding special exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that large employers provide comprehensive health insurance for their workers.

For female employees, “comprehensive” insurance coverage – and gender equity – mean including birth control. But the owners of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retail chain with about 13,000 employees, and Conestoga Wood, a cabinet and furniture manufacturer with almost 1,000 employees, claim that providing such coverage violates their religious beliefs and practices. Read more »

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Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently vetoed SB 1062, a controversial bill that would have given businesses greater license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people. Brewer’s veto came after a nationwide public outcry over the measure—and after four of the state’s largest business groups sent her a letter that expressed their concern over the potential harm it could cause to employers, tourism, job creation, and the overall economy. Read more »

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Location

Golden Gate Community Center
1625 N 39th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85009

The second annual Tianguis Fuerza Local Festival presented by Local First Arizona andFuerza Local will be a free and family-friendly event with a special focus on the Spanish-speaking business community. The festival will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Golden Gate Community Center at 1625 N 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009. The festival will serve as a way to engage the Phoenix-area and Latino communities in the “Buy Local” message.

Attendees to the festival can expect a fun-filled day of delicious food, live music, kid’s activities, and more. More than 30 local businesses will participate in this year’s event, providing a multitude of entertainment and activities. Read more »

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Second Annual Tianguis Fuerza Local Festival Highlights Latino Culture in Arizona Business Community

The second annual Tianguis Fuerza Local Festival presented by Local First Arizona andFuerza Local will be a free and family-friendly event with a special focus on the Spanish-speaking business community. The festival will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Golden Gate Community Center at 1625 N 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009. The festival will serve as a way to engage the Phoenix-area and Latino communities in the “Buy Local” message.

Attendees to the festival can expect a fun-filled day of delicious food, live music, kid’s activities, and more. More than 30 local businesses will participate in this year’s event, providing a multitude of entertainment and activities. Read more »

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How business went 'DEFCON 1' in Arizona

How business went 'DEFCON 1' in Arizona

As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer prepared to make a career-defining decision — whether to veto a bill that would free business owners to discriminate on the basis of their religious preferences — a letter arrived at her office early this week with a stern warning from some of the biggest names in the local business community.

Signed by the heads of four Arizona business consortiums, with board members including officers of Bank of America, Intel and the Arizona Cardinals football franchise, the letter urged Brewer to strike down the measure known as S.B. 1062. The letter raised the prospect that the legislation could stain Arizona’s national reputation and touch off a wave of unpredictable litigation thanks to the bill’s broad, vague wording. Read more »

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Georgia, Mississippi Backtrack On Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation

Georgia, Mississippi Backtrack On Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation

After a national uproar over controversial "religious freedom" legislation in Arizona, Georgia and Mississippi have now backtracked on similar bills, joining other states where such measures have failed due to concerns that they would be discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

In Georgia, the "Preservation of Religious Freedom Act" has been tabled and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Read more »

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