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Shop at Fry's and Give Back through the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Shop at Fry's and Give Back through the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Fry's V.I.P Rewards members can register their card to benefit the ONE Community Foundation. Every time you shop at Fry's a portion of your sale will directly benefit us. The good news is it's free and all you have to do is register your rewards card.   Read more »

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REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

PHOENIX (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today, Phoenix-based Republic Services announced it has signed theUNITY Pledge. Created in 2013 by ONE Community, the Pledge gives Arizona businesses and individuals a way to demonstrate support for workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals.  Read more »

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Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen

Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen

The largest-ever study has been conducted into the existence of a "gay gene" and its results leaves researchers believing the view that sexuality is a choice is discredited.

Conducted by the NorthShore Research Institute in the US, the study found clear links between two specific areas of the human genome and male homosexuality.

The genetic areas had also been associated with homosexuality in earlier studies.

Lead scientist Alan Sanders declared that the work "erodes the notion that sexual orientation is a choice". Read more »

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The 5 Worst States for LGBT People

The 5 Worst States for LGBT People

If you pay attention to the news, it's hard not to get swept up in the feeling that things are getting better for America's LGBT citizens. However, after riding a wave of momentum in the courts this year, marriage equality hit a new roadblock in November, when the Sixth Circuit Court upheld bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The decision is likely to force a ruling from the Supreme Court, a body that's up until now been "leading from behind" on this issue. It's also a reflection of the broader inequalities that still exist for LGBT people in today's America, where activists note that marriage is only part of the picture. Read more »

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Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix

Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix

With Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage overturned, a couple that’s been together for 57 years will finally celebrate a marriage ceremony this weekend.

Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey will have a private reception at The Farm for friends and family on Saturday evening, November 22. They will also have a public ceremony at The Orpheum on Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m.

The couple met 57 years ago in college when Majors was 19 years old and Bailey was 18. They explained that the most difficult part of their relationship was the pressure to keep it a secret.

The couple contributed to efforts to defeat Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. Now that the couple can get married, they want to celebrate this victory with the community. Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina's request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state. 

In a two-sentence order without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina's Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The order did note that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.  Read more »

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son

Rodrigo Lehtinen, son of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) who is openly transgender, spoke about his transition and his family's acceptance in an interview with CBS Miami.

“My family was actually really supportive," Lehtinen said.

The congresswoman and her husband Dexter both expressed support for their son while talking with CBS.

"As parents we wanted to make sure Rigo understood we were totally fine with it, we wanted to make sure he was safe," Ros-Lehtinen told CBS. “We know Rigo as our child, whether it’s Amanda or now as Rodrigo, he’s our son, we’re proud of him." Read more »

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AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events

AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events

AUNT RITA’S FOUNDATION RED BRUNCH GALA TO CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND AWARD FUNDS TO MEMBER AGENCIES
 
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Aunt Rita’s Foundation promotes public awareness of HIV/AIDS and raises and equitably grants funds to 17 Central Arizona programs that prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Funds from 2014 fundraising efforts will be awarded to all agencies at the annual Red Brunch Gala event on December 6, as well as to report on Aunt Rita’s successes of the year.
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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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