Equality

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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Wells Fargo Exec Responds to Critics of Pro-Gay Ad

Wells Fargo Exec Responds to Critics of Pro-Gay Ad

The Chief Marketing Officer of Wells Fargo has responded to critics of their advertisement that depicts a gay family as ignoring "demographic reality." Jamie Moldafsky cited the numerous markets that Wells Fargo operates in that are minority-majority areas (where the majority of the population is a racial or ethnic minority) as a reason for reaching out to underserved populations. 

Read more at the Phoenix Business Journal

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Legal Questions Will Remain After Marriage Equality

Legal Questions Will Remain After Marriage Equality

There will still be many legal questions for gay and lesbian couples if the Supreme Court affirms nationwide marriage equality. Over half of the states have no protections in employment, housing, or public accomodations that protect individuals on the basis of sexual orientation, a matter that marriage equality would have no effect on. Gender references for parents on birth certificates, custody status, and the right to be included on a partner's health insurance plan are all issues that will have to be decided. 

Read more here

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Miltary Updates Equal Opportunity Policy to Include Sexual Orientation

The Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has annouced that the Military Euqal Opportunity Policy will now bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The policy is designed to protect certain classes of individuals from discrimination in consideration for promotions or hiring. Other classes include sex, race, age, or national origin. Discrimination on the basis of gender identity has not been discussed. Read more at Huffington Post here

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Pennsylvania Names Transgender Woman Physician General

Pennsylvania has named Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, as the state Physician General. The Physician General sits on the governors cabinet, and this is the first time a transgender individual has held such a position. The confirmation for Dr. Levine was unanimous. Read more from The Advocate here

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North Carolina Legislature Overrides Veto to Make Anti-Marriage Equality Bill Law

The North Carolina Legislature has overrode a Governor Veto on a bill that would allow government employees to 'opt-out' of performing marriages for same-sex couples. The employees that opt out are protected from lawsuits claiming discrimination, though other arraignments must be made for the couples wanting to get married. Read more from Metro Weekly here.

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Join the Human Rights Campaign for Special Events Featuring Jim Obergfell

Join the Human Rights Campaign for Special Events Featuring Jim Obergfell

Join the Human Rights Campaign and Competitive Arizona for these special events with Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in historic US Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges. Learn about the impact of the Court decision and hear about next steps for LGBT equality in Arizona.

Press Conference
June 8, 2015 10am
​Phoenix City Hall
200 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
Q&A for youth with Jim Obergefell immediately following the press conference

Special Reception
June 8, 2015 7:00-8:30pm
​Hosted by Competitive Arizona 
Shadow Rock United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall, 12861 N 8th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029

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LGBT Home Buyer and Seller Survey Results Released

LGBT Home Buyer and Seller Survey Results Released

The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals released the results of the 2015 LGBT Home Buyer and Seller Survey. The survey found that 89% of LGBT homeowners thought owning a house is a sound investment. Seventy-five percent of respondents want to live in a place with LGBT protections, and 73% are concerned about facing housing discrimination from leasing agents and real estate agents. 

Access the survey here.

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As Utah Goes... No Other State Can Follow

As Utah Goes... No Other State Can Follow

Holy Joseph Smith! Utah?
 
That pretty much sums up initial acclaim for the housing and employment LGBT nondiscrimination law signed by the Beehive State’s Republican governor Gary Herbert on March 12. The product of negotiations involving the ACLU, LGBT groups including Equality Utah, Democratic and Republican legislators, and the Mormon Church, the “Utah Compromise” was hailed by even the liberal Boston Globe as a “model for other red states.” 
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