Arizona

First Annual State of LGBTQ in Arizona

Join us as we unveil the very first State of LGBTQ Arizona on November 12 from 7:30-9:30AM at the Venue Scottsdale!

Come learn about LGBTQ Arizona specific data on Demographics, Healthcare, Entertainment and Media Technologies, Workplace Inclusion, and Civic Engagement!

Individual tickets are just $35 and tables are $350.

To purchase individual tickets, register below.

To purchase a table, click HERE.

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Location

Mayo Clinic
5777 E Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85054

The Arizona Men’s Health & Wellness Expo is designed to promote awareness about prostate cancer in particular and Men’s Health in general. This year’s event will feature presentations from national experts on topics including prostate cancer awareness, prevention, & treatment; testosterone replacement; exercise and injury prevention; fitness & nutrition; sexual health, erectile dysfunction treatments, heart health and much more! Read more »

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Location

10 W W Portland St
Phoenix, AZ

Celebrate 10 years of supporting local businesses in Arizona! #LFAFallFest

The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona.

This year's festival will feature the following activities: 

- Food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants and food trucks
- A beverage garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer, and spirits sponsored in part by Postino WineCafe, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, The Grand Canyon Winery, Historic Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing Company, SanTan Brewing Company, and Dos Cabezas WineWorks Read more »

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Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions

Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions

Same-sex couples in Arizona this weekend celebrated their newly won right to marry. But their fight for equality under the law isn't over.

Arizona is not among the 30 states with laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, potentially leaving them vulnerable to workplace discrimination. And a number of laws include wording that could allow the state to discriminate against same-sex couples, including a 2011 statute that explicitly gives a married man and woman preference in adoptions.

And then there are details to be worked out when same-sex couples arrive at the hospital to have a baby, and then when Arizona same-sex couples face less joyful firsts, from the first couple to seek a divorce to custody battles. Read more »

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Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals

Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals

Businesses in Arizona seized on the lift of the gay-marriage ban as a marketing opportunity, offering discounts to same-sex couples on everything from bar tabs to hair stylings to hotel stays.

Social-media accounts began humming with electronic deals for gay couples minutes after Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced he would not appeal a U.S. District Court decision striking down the state's ban.

"Let the honeymoon food come to you," read a promotion for Sunfare, a Deer Valley-area company that delivers specialized meals Valley-wide. "Sign up for Sunfare anytime this week for 25 percent off your first three family dinners." Read more »

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Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Attorneys representing the state and more than a dozen same-sex couples have filed their legal arguments over whether a federal appeals court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans should apply to Arizona.

The fate of Arizona's law defining marriage as between only a man and a woman rests on a rulingfrom U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, and a decision from Attorney General Tom Horne as to whether he will comply or continue to fight as similar laws around the country fall.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last week declared laws banning same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada violated couples' rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit. Read more »

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Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

 Lambda Legal on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in Phoenix to issue an immediate ruling striking down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The filing follows last Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, which came just a day after the announcement from theU.S. Supreme Court denying review of seven marriage lawsuits from the 4th, 7th and 10th Circuits that had struck down similar bans in Virginia,Indiana, Wisconsin,Oklahoma and Utah. Read more »

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Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

An Arizona company announced this week that it has launched a new website, MRSter.com, to help straight and gay engaged couples find wedding vendors who aren't fazed by same-sex nuptials.

The announcement comes as Arizona is poised for the first time in history to allow same-sex marriages, depending on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the hotly contested issue.

MRSter allows couples to contact wedding professionals who will treat them equally, whether they are gay or straight, said the co-owners of the website. Read more »

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Social issues influence governor's race

Social issues influence governor's race

Abortion, religious freedom and marriage rights haven't dominated the competitive governor's race, but whoever occupies the executive tower for the next four years almost certainly will grapple with such social issues.

Democrat Fred DuVal, 60, a former Clinton administration staffer, lobbyist and Board of Regents chairman, has made those issues part of his campaign's rallying cry as he blitzes the state with a message that includes marriage equality, women's rights and an end to "ugly political score-settling" with divisive legislation such as Senate Bills 1062 and 1070. Read more »

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Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit, so its ruling would seem to apply to this state as well.

However, officials at the Arizona Attorney General's office and the Maricopa County Clerk of Appeals would only immediately say that they were reviewing the ruling.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it is "premature" to direct county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more »

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