Arizona

Location

Symphony Hall
75 North 2nd Street, Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To celebrate our state’s LGBT population, Arizona Opera will be hosting an LGBT night in association with our Saturday night performances of Eugene Onegin in both Tucson and Phoenix. The hauntingly tragic opera was composed by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, whom many music historians believe ended his life over his inner turmoil over his sexuality. Chris Carr, Studio Artist in the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, stars in the title role with Corrine Winters as Tatiana and Zach Borichevsky as Lenski. Evening includes 20% off tickets to the performance and a post-show happy hour at Mother Bunch Brewing with General Director Ryan Taylor and friends. Use promo code LGBTPHX when ordering online or over the phone. Read more »

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Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Season of "firsts" including a U.S. opera company premiere, three operas never before seen in Arizona, and twenty company debuts from leading talent
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Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

A new law proposed by 13 co-sponsors will put marriage equality into Arizona lawbooks – provided voters repeal the unconstitutional 2008 voter-enacted amendment. House Bill 2117 repeals a 1996 statute banning same-sex marriage.

The legislative-passed language was bolstered by Proposition 102, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The conundrum is that voters changed the Arizona constitution and the constitution requires a people's vote to be changed.Kaine Fisher, partner and director of Family Law for the Rose Law Group, says that the state statute can't become effective unless voters reverse their position on marriage equality. Read more »

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Advocates hopeful Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defends LGBT rights

Advocates hopeful Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey defends LGBT rights

Activists in Arizona are hopeful Gov. Doug Ducey will continue to move the state forward on social issues, particularly the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

One primary concern for groups such as Equality Arizona, an advocacy organization for LGBT rights, is whether Arizona might see a resurrection of legislation similar to SB 1062.

The bill -- vetoed by former Gov. Jan Brewer in February -- would have strengthened religious protections in the state and allowed businesses to refuse service based on a sincerely-held religious belief, leading to fierce outcry of violating gay rights. Read more »

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Mom's pie? It's no big deal

Mom's pie? It's no big deal

The strangest sermon I ever heard was about your mother's apple pie. The preacher said there was nothing special about it. I kept waiting for him to get to the punchline and say it's the love that makes it taste so good.

But he never got there. His premise – from start to finish – was that the specialness of Mom's pie is entirely an illusion.

My reaction was to go home, bake an apple pie and dare my family to suggest it wasn't the best one they'd ever eaten. They did, in fact, swoon over the pie. They know what's good for them.

The illusion of pie exceptionalism has a practical application to Arizona politics. Read more »

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Approximately 119,000 LGBT Workers in Arizona Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

LOS ANGELES — Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. Read more »

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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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