LGBT in Politics

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday, leaving a tumultuous legacy with LGBT activists and some key promises on adjusting policies to make the military more LGBT-inclusive.

According to the Associated Press, Hagel is stepping down after a difficult time settling into the White House's national security team. He is the first senior Obama cabinet member to announce he is stepping down following the November midterm election, which was marked by Republican wins. Eric Holder announced in September that he would leave his position as attorney general. 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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Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

            With the passage of an anti-gay bill, SB 1062, Arizona has yet again made headlines across the country. However there is a story that has gone unreported, a story which actually says more about the shameful acts of the Democrats and civil rights groups opposing this bill than the obvious shameful act of the bigots who passed the bill. To understand this story, a brief understanding of the bill’s implications (or lack thereof) are needed. Read more »

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Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill: A Lost Opportunity

            With the passage of an anti-gay bill, SB 1062, Arizona has yet again made headlines across the country. However there is a story that has gone unreported, a story which actually says more about the shameful acts of the Democrats and civil rights groups opposing this bill than the obvious shameful act of the bigots who passed the bill. To understand this story, a brief understanding of the bill’s implications (or lack thereof) are needed. Read more »

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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TODAY: Reach out to the Governor's Office!

HB 2153/SB 1062 are headed to Governor Brewer's desk!
PLEASE CALL AND WRITE THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE!
#Bad4AZBiz

HB 2153 and SB 1062 “exercise of religion; state action” change the statutory definition of exercise of religion to allow anyone to claim religious belief as a legal defense for their actions, including defense for refusing to do business with an individual whose sexual orientation or faith is not in line with their own.  HB 2153 and SB 1062 seek to expand the “right” to discriminate. Read more »

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2 religion 'fixes' we don’t need

2 religion 'fixes' we don’t need

Legislation thrown together in response to a crisis almost always turns out to be heavy-handed or ineffective once it becomes a statute. Hard cases, as they say, make bad law.

But for really bad law — the kind with the potential for creating serious unintended consequences — nothing beats legislation that provides a solution for a non-existent problem.

Legislation sponsored in the House by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, and in the Senate by Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, represents a good example of the latter. Both of their bills — identical, for the time being, at least — would reframe and expand the state’s religious-expression protection laws. Read more »

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Arizona Technology Council Signs Unity Pledge in Support of Diversity

Arizona Technology Council Signs Unity Pledge in Support of Diversity
State’s largest trade association for technology businesses to advocate for LGBT equality in Arizona

November 25, 2013 (Phoenix AZ) – The Arizona Technology Council, the state’s largest trade association for science and technology companies and a longtime leader of the technology community, has signed the UNITY Pledge and announced it would add issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality to its lobbying platform agenda.    Read more »

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Federal ban on gay bias in workplace gains momentum in Senate

Federal ban on gay bias in workplace gains momentum in Senate

A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation moved closer to Senate approval, gaining support this week from all Democrats and with several Republicans considered likely yes votes.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, has languished in Congress for nearly 20 years. In that span of time, gay rights have advanced in other areas, notably marriage.

No state recognized gay marriage when ENDA was first introduced in 1994. Now 14 states and the District of Columbia do, with more likely to follow. Read more »

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Here's Where America Now Stands On Gay Marriage

Here's Where America Now Stands On Gay Marriage

On Monday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie abandoned the state's legal challenge to same-sex marriage, making New Jersey the 14th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Key GOP donors quietly rejoiced at the move as they view this particular cultural battle as a losing one.

In June the U.S. Supreme Court struck down down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — effectively overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban – which has spurred efforts to end prohibitions on gay marriage. Read more »

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Equal Rights for Everybody, There is No Difference.

Equal Rights for Everybody, There is No Difference.

The title of this entry, a quote from a popular rap song, shows that speaking out for gay rights is not only right; its cool. This is especially hopeful for those of us who live in conservative states like Arizona and cities like Phoenix.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are a white rapping duo that has taken the rap world by storm. They have also set many records along the way (most notably receiving six MTV video music award nominations, a record for indie artists in the history of the awards). Read more »

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