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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Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business

Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business

Opponents of gay marriage, including Gov.Jan Brewer and Catholic bishops, criticized the judge's decision. Brewer said that with its decision, the court was eroding the people's power and overstepping its bounds. Brewer noted that Arizona voters in 2008 approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

We asked: What impact do you think the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will have in Phoenix? Please indicate whether you support or oppose the decision. Read more »

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Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling

Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling

While Arizona's most populous county gave out more than triple the average number of marriage licenses after same-sex marriage became legal last week, other counties saw no uptick at all.

Maricopa County issued marriage licenses to 292 couples last Friday and 184 on Monday, up from an average of 98 each business day.

In Pima County, Arizona's second-most populous and home to Tucson, clerks issued an average of 60 licenses each day through Tuesday, up from an average of 25 this time of year.

Officially, no one tracks the gender of applicant couples, and neither county informally recorded the number of same-sex couples. Read more »

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Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage

Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage

The conservative group that handled the legal defense of Arizona's overturned gay-marriage ban is advising court clerks they don't have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the clerk has religious or moral objections.

Four days after same-sex couples were allowed to marry for the first time in Arizona, the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court's Office said one employee has already made such a request. And the issue may be headed for the legislative agenda. Read more »

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Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate

Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate

The pastor who performed the ceremony, the Rev. John Dorhauer, quickly slipped off his own ring to use as a substitute.

Across Arizona, court clerks took the historic step of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Licenses were quickly updated with new wording, including a third option of "spouse" in addition to "bride" and "groom."

Several couples held marriage ceremonies within minutes or hours of getting their certificates. Others began making plans for more formal ceremonies with families and friends.

The concrete patio outside the Maricopa County clerk of the Superior Court's office, near Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street, became the scene of a pop-up wedding chapel by midmorning Friday. Read more »

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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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