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Committed to the Community. http://www.onecommunity.co/rss.xml en Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/toad-super-mario-bros-nintendo-character-doesnt-identify-along-the-gender-binary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/48/toad-super-mario-bros-nintendo-character-doesnt-identify-along-the-gender-binary" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/toad_039super_mario_bros039_nintendo_character_doesn039t_identify_along_the_gender_binary.png" alt="Toad, &amp;#039;Super Mario Bros&amp;#039; Nintendo Character, Doesn&amp;#039;t Identify Along The Gender Binary" title="Toad, &#039;Super Mario Bros&#039; Nintendo Character, Doesn&#039;t Identify Along The Gender Binary" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gaming giant Nintendo made a shocking announcement last week that one of its most beloved characters doesn&#39;t identify along the gender binary.</p> <p>Toad, Mario&#39;s buddy in classic games like &quot;Super Mario Bros. 2,&quot; has long been assumed to be male but was in fact intended to be genderless. During an interview discussing &quot;Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,&quot; a new game from Nintendo, producer Koichi Hayashida&nbsp;revealed some surprising new info&nbsp;about Toad, Toadette and the gender binary.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/toad-super-mario-bros-nintendo-character-doesnt-identify-along-the-gender-binary" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/toad-super-mario-bros-nintendo-character-doesnt-identify-along-the-gender-binary" dc:title="Toad, &#039;Super Mario Bros&#039; Nintendo Character, Doesn&#039;t Identify Along The Gender Binary" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6204" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/toad-super-mario-bros-nintendo-character-doesnt-identify-along-the-gender-binary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 'Super Mario Bros Captain Toad Super Mario Bros. toad LGBT in the media Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:13:14 +0000 ONE Community 6204 at http://www.onecommunity.co Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary ONE Community Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/hagels-exit-leaves-unfinished-business-lgbt-military-members-advocates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/48/hagels-exit-leaves-unfinished-business-lgbt-military-members-advocates" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/hagel039s_exit_leaves_unfinished_business_for_lgbt_military_members_advocates.jpg" alt="Hagel&amp;#039;s Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates" title="Hagel&#039;s Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <p>According to the&nbsp;Associated Press, Hagel is stepping down after a difficult time settling into the White House&#39;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&nbsp;announced&nbsp;in September that he would leave his position as attorney general.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/hagels-exit-leaves-unfinished-business-lgbt-military-members-advocates" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/hagels-exit-leaves-unfinished-business-lgbt-military-members-advocates" dc:title="Hagel&#039;s Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6203" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/hagels-exit-leaves-unfinished-business-lgbt-military-members-advocates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> defense secretary Hagel Secretary Chuck Hagel Secretary Hagel Don't Ask Don't Tell Equality LGBT in Politics Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:07:05 +0000 ONE Community 6203 at http://www.onecommunity.co Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates ONE Community Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/super-bowl-50-working-hard-be-lgbt-friendly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/48/super-bowl-50-working-hard-be-lgbt-friendly" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/super_bowl_50_is_working_hard_to_be_lgbt-friendly.jpg" alt="Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly" title="Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apart from certain religious hierarchies, professional sports remains perhaps the biggest pocket of institutional homophobia left in American society.&nbsp;</p> <p>But that, too, might be changing.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Chronicle&nbsp;reported&nbsp;last week that in preparation for Super Bowl 50 (which will be played in 2016 at Levi&rsquo;s Stadium), the National Football League is adding LGBT-owned small businesses to its outreach efforts.&nbsp;Business Connect, which is intended to &ldquo;increase opportunities for minority, women, disabled veteran&rdquo; and LGBT-owned businesses, is a joint project between the NFL and the Bay Area&rsquo;s host committee. Apart from being the right thing to do, it&#39;s also a shrewd business move in such an LGBT-heavy region.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/super-bowl-50-working-hard-be-lgbt-friendly" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/super-bowl-50-working-hard-be-lgbt-friendly" dc:title="Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6202" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/super-bowl-50-working-hard-be-lgbt-friendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> annual media event Bay Area Bay Area Host Business Connect certain religious hierarchies Golden Gate Business homophobic media coverage host committee LGBT business LGBT-owned small businesses local business owners Major League Baseball National Football League NFL player outfielder Billy Bean outreach efforts. Business Photographer Christopher Dydyk previous Super Bowls prominent tech company Ray Rice scandal SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco proper shrewd business Sirius XM interview Super Bowl Super Bowl Planning Super Bowl-related events total economic impact widest possible talent Business Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:04:17 +0000 ONE Community 6202 at http://www.onecommunity.co Super Bowl 50 Is Working Hard to Be LGBT-Friendly ONE Community Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/landmark-gay-gene-study-provides-further-evidence-sexuality-not-chosen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/48/landmark-gay-gene-study-provides-further-evidence-sexuality-not-chosen" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/landmark_039gay_gene039_study_provides_further_evidence_sexuality_is_not_chosen.jpg" alt="Landmark &amp;#039;Gay Gene&amp;#039; Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen" title="Landmark &#039;Gay Gene&#039; Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The largest-ever study has been conducted into the existence of a &quot;gay gene&quot; and its results leaves researchers believing the view that sexuality is a choice is discredited.</p> <p>Conducted by the NorthShore&nbsp;Research Institute&nbsp;in the US, the study found clear links between two specific areas of the human genome and male homosexuality.</p> <p>The&nbsp;genetic&nbsp;areas had also been associated with homosexuality in earlier studies.</p> <p>Lead scientist Alan Sanders declared that&nbsp;the work&nbsp;&quot;erodes the notion that sexual orientation is a choice&quot;.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/landmark-gay-gene-study-provides-further-evidence-sexuality-not-chosen" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/landmark-gay-gene-study-provides-further-evidence-sexuality-not-chosen" dc:title="Landmark &#039;Gay Gene&#039; Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6198" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/landmark-gay-gene-study-provides-further-evidence-sexuality-not-chosen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> clear links Evidence Sexuality gay gene gay propaganda homosexuality human genome human sexuality Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen The largest-ever study has been conducted into the existence of a ``gay largest-ever study male homosexuality neuroscientist Simon LeVay NorthShore Research Institute scientist Alan Sanders Simon LeVay single nucleotide polymorphisms specific areas study Study Provides US civil rights Equality Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:44 +0000 ONE Community 6198 at http://www.onecommunity.co Landmark 'Gay Gene' Study Provides Further Evidence Sexuality is Not Chosen ONE Community The 5 Worst States for LGBT People http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/the-5-worst-states-lgbt-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/48/the-5-worst-states-lgbt-people" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/the_5_worst_states_for_lgbt_people.jpg" alt="The 5 Worst States for LGBT People" title="The 5 Worst States for LGBT People" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you pay attention to the news, it&#39;s hard not to get swept up in the feeling that things are getting better for America&#39;s LGBT citizens. However, after riding&nbsp;a wave of momentum in the courts&nbsp;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&#39;s up until now been &quot;leading from behind&quot; on this issue. It&#39;s also a reflection of the broader inequalities that still exist for LGBT people in today&#39;s America, where activists note that marriage is only part of the picture.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/the-5-worst-states-lgbt-people" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/the-5-worst-states-lgbt-people" dc:title="The 5 Worst States for LGBT People" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6197" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/48/the-5-worst-states-lgbt-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affirmations LGBT center Human Rights Campaign LGBT Americans LGBT citizens LGBT couples LGBT Issues LGBT people LGBT politics LGBT public employees lgbt workers Marriage Equality Michigan Mississippi state worst states civil rights Equality Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:43:25 +0000 ONE Community 6197 at http://www.onecommunity.co The 5 Worst States for LGBT People ONE Community Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/valley-couple-celebrate-same-sex-marriage-phoenix <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/valley-couple-celebrate-same-sex-marriage-phoenix" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/valley_couple_to_celebrate_same-sex_marriage_in_phoenix.jpg" alt="Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix" title="Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Arizona&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage overturned, a couple that&rsquo;s been together for 57 years will finally celebrate a marriage ceremony this weekend.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The couple contributed to efforts to defeat Arizona&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage. Now that the couple can get married, they want to celebrate this victory with the community.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/valley-couple-celebrate-same-sex-marriage-phoenix" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/valley-couple-celebrate-same-sex-marriage-phoenix" dc:title="Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6195" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/valley-couple-celebrate-same-sex-marriage-phoenix" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona’s ban Karen Bailey marriage ceremony Nelda Majors Private Reception public ceremony same-sex marriage Saturday evening Valley couple civil rights Equality Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:56:25 +0000 ONE Community 6195 at http://www.onecommunity.co Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix ONE Community Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/americans-support-legal-rights-not-pda-gay-couples <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/americans-support-legal-rights-not-pda-gay-couples" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/americans_support_legal_rights_but_not_pda_for_gay_couples.jpg" alt="Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples" title="Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many Americans&nbsp;support &nbsp;legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don&#39;t think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Over the past two decades,&nbsp;same-sex couples&nbsp;have made great progress in terms of legal rights in the United Sates. Gays and lesbians can now get married in 33 states and the District of Columbia, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month cleared the way for same-sex marriages in&nbsp;Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. And yet, the new research shows that deep-rooted prejudices against same-sex couples may manifest themselves in more subtle ways.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/americans-support-legal-rights-not-pda-gay-couples" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/americans-support-legal-rights-not-pda-gay-couples" dc:title="Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6194" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/americans-support-legal-rights-not-pda-gay-couples" target="_blank">read more</a></p> legal rights lesbian couples Long Doan same-sex couples same-sex marriages same-sex PDA Equality Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:58:44 +0000 ONE Community 6194 at http://www.onecommunity.co Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples ONE Community Country Singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman Both Come Out http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/country-singers-ty-herndon-and-billy-gilman-both-come-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/country-singers-ty-herndon-and-billy-gilman-both-come-out" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/country_singers_ty_herndon_and_billy_gilman_both_come_out.jpg" alt="Country Singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman Both Come Out" title="Country Singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman Both Come Out" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The stars took to media -- traditional and social -- to reveal their sexual orientation</p> <p>Not one, but two country music singers publicly revealed they were gay on Thursday, marking a significant event in the country music world.</p> <p>First Ty Herndon, the 52-year-old singer of hit singles in the &rsquo;90s such as &ldquo;I Want My Goodbye Back&rdquo; and &ldquo;Loved Too Much&rdquo;, told People, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m an out, proud and happy gay man.&rdquo; Herndon also said that he&rsquo;d been out to family and friends for some time and that his ex-wives &mdash; he&rsquo;s been married twice before &mdash; knew of his sexuality.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/country-singers-ty-herndon-and-billy-gilman-both-come-out" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/country-singers-ty-herndon-and-billy-gilman-both-come-out" dc:title="Country Singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman Both Come Out" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6193" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/country-singers-ty-herndon-and-billy-gilman-both-come-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 26-year-old Billy Gilman Billy Gilman country music country music industry country music singers country music world Country Singers gay male artist Herndon’s announcement momentous occasion sexual orientation significant event Ty Herndon Equality Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:53:27 +0000 ONE Community 6193 at http://www.onecommunity.co Country Singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman Both Come Out ONE Community Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/federal-judge-montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/federal-judge-montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/_federal_judge_montana039s_anti-equal_marriage_rule_unconstitutional.jpg" alt=" Federal judge: Montana&amp;#039;s anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional" title=" Federal judge: Montana&#039;s anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>GREAT FALLS, Mont. &mdash; In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.</p> <p>&quot;Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fianc&Atilde;&copy;e has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya as my wife,&quot; says Angie Rolando, one of the plaintiffs in the case. &quot;Love won today.&quot;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/federal-judge-montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/federal-judge-montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional" dc:title=" Federal judge: Montana&#039;s anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6192" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/federal-judge-montanas-anti-equal-marriage-rule-unconstitutional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 14th amendment ACLU Lesbian Gay Angie Rolando anti-equal marriage rule Circuit Court committed same-sex couples constitutional amendment district court judge equal protection clause federal judge Judge Morris law firm Morrison loving couples marriage amendment Marriage Equality Montana Montana Executive Director Montana Legal Director same-sex couples Tonya Rolando U.S. District Court Equality Gay Marriage Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:42:40 +0000 ONE Community 6192 at http://www.onecommunity.co Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional ONE Community Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/tech-companies-facebook-and-google-lead-the-way-delivering-lgbt-equality-the-workplace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/tech-companies-facebook-and-google-lead-the-way-delivering-lgbt-equality-the-workplace" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/tech_companies_like_facebook_and_google_lead_the_way_in_delivering_lgbt_equality_in_the_workplace.jpg" alt="Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace" title="Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>US technology companies are setting a benchmark for those in other sectors to reach for when it comes to LGBT equality in the workplace. These are the findings reported in the thirteenth edition of the&nbsp;Human Rights Campaign&nbsp;(HRC) Foundation&rsquo;s&nbsp;Corporate Equality Index. The HRC rates workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion and equality, and this year&#39;s report shows that there is now greater awareness and understanding of the transgender community.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/tech-companies-facebook-and-google-lead-the-way-delivering-lgbt-equality-the-workplace" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/tech-companies-facebook-and-google-lead-the-way-delivering-lgbt-equality-the-workplace" dc:title="Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6189" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/tech-companies-facebook-and-google-lead-the-way-delivering-lgbt-equality-the-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> business innovation Chad Griffin corporate America Corporate Equality Index Critical cultural shifts data services areas Deena Fidas diversity report employment protections everyday inclusion facebook gender identity global LGBT policies greater awareness greater inclusion hardware companies HRC Foundation HRC rates HRC report Human Rights Campaign impressive improvement index rates companies interesting reading lgbt community LGBT equality LGBT Workplace Inclusion new computer software non-discrimination policies non-discriminatory policies percent rating perfect score real names policy Record number sexual orientation strong leaders tech companies tech sector technology companies thirteenth edition thought leaders transgender community transgender inclusion transgender-inclusion healthcare white middle-class men workplace equality program Business Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:45:41 +0000 ONE Community 6189 at http://www.onecommunity.co Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace ONE Community BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/breaking-marriage-equality-comes-south-carolina <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/breaking-marriage-equality-comes-south-carolina" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/breaking_marriage_equality_comes_to_south_carolina.jpg" alt="BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina" title="BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina&#39;s request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state&#39;s ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a&nbsp;two-sentence order&nbsp;without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina&#39;s Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling&nbsp;that found the state&#39;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.&nbsp;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/breaking-marriage-equality-comes-south-carolina" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/breaking-marriage-equality-comes-south-carolina" dc:title="BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6188" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/breaking-marriage-equality-comes-south-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> county probate judge Marriage Equality same-sex couples same-sex marriage South Carolina Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court civil rights Equality Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:44:12 +0000 ONE Community 6188 at http://www.onecommunity.co BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina ONE Community Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/gay-marriage%E2%80%99s-long-and-messy-road-what-we-misunderstand-about-tortured-legal-saga <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/gay-marriage%E2%80%99s-long-and-messy-road-what-we-misunderstand-about-tortured-legal-saga" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/gay_marriages_long_and_messy_road_what_we_misunderstand_about_this_tortured_legal_saga.jpg" alt="Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga" title="Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly 10 years ago, on the heels of the Massachusetts Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision legalizing gay marriage in the state, gay-rights advocates faced a strategic decision. With the Legislature about to consider a constitutional amendment reining in the court&rsquo;s decision, they could either push legislators to back civil unions as a compromise or face the full wrath of the opposition.</p> <p>Marc Solomon, national campaign director for LGBT-rights group Freedom to Marry, called Los Angeles City Councilman (now mayor) Eric Garcetti to ask for advice. &ldquo;Fight for love,&rdquo; Garcetti said. Civil unions were about legal status, about &ldquo;rights&rdquo;; marriage was about love.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/gay-marriage%E2%80%99s-long-and-messy-road-what-we-misunderstand-about-tortured-legal-saga" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/gay-marriage%E2%80%99s-long-and-messy-road-what-we-misunderstand-about-tortured-legal-saga" dc:title="Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6187" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/gay-marriage%E2%80%99s-long-and-messy-road-what-we-misunderstand-about-tortured-legal-saga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil Unions gay couples Gay Marriage gay-marriage saga hurtles gritty political battles Human Rights Campaign lawyer Mary Bonauto LGBT-rights group Freedom Los Angeles City marriage battle Marriage Equality marriage movement marriage showdown Massachusetts court decision Massachusetts marriage case massachusetts supreme court national campaign director New York New York Gov. purely political stance same-sex marriage social change Solomon names names state supreme court Supreme Court tortured legal saga U.S. presidential candidate wealthy gay donors Equality Gay Marriage Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:42:46 +0000 ONE Community 6187 at http://www.onecommunity.co Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga ONE Community Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/ileana-ros-lehtinen-opens-about-her-openly-transgender-son <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/ileana-ros-lehtinen-opens-about-her-openly-transgender-son" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/ileana_ros-lehtinen_opens_up_about_her_openly_transgender_son.jpg" alt="Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son" title="Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rodrigo Lehtinen, son of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) who is openly transgender, spoke about his transition and his family&#39;s acceptance in an&nbsp;interview with CBS Miami.</p> <p>&ldquo;My family was actually really supportive,&quot; Lehtinen said.</p> <p>The congresswoman and her husband Dexter both expressed support for their son while talking with CBS.</p> <p>&quot;As parents we wanted to make sure Rigo understood we were totally fine with it, we wanted to make sure he was safe,&quot; Ros-Lehtinen told CBS. &ldquo;We know Rigo as our child, whether it&rsquo;s Amanda or now as Rodrigo, he&rsquo;s our son, we&rsquo;re proud of him.&quot;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/ileana-ros-lehtinen-opens-about-her-openly-transgender-son" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/ileana-ros-lehtinen-opens-about-her-openly-transgender-son" dc:title="Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6186" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/ileana-ros-lehtinen-opens-about-her-openly-transgender-son" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CBS Miami LGBT Equality caucus openly transgender Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Rodrigo Lehtinen Son Rodrigo Lehtinen Supreme Courtruled DOMA civil rights Equality LGBT in Politics Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:39:05 +0000 ONE Community 6186 at http://www.onecommunity.co Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son ONE Community John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/john-smid-former-ex-gay-leader-marries-man-oklahoma-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/john-smid-former-ex-gay-leader-marries-man-oklahoma-0" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/john_smid_former_039ex-gay039_leader_marries_a_man_in_oklahoma.jpg" alt="John Smid, Former &amp;#039;Ex-Gay&amp;#039; Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma" title="John Smid, Former &#039;Ex-Gay&#039; Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smid praised his new husband as &quot;a mirror I see in every day&quot; in a Facebook posting cited by Gay Star News.</p> <p>&quot;For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings and failures,&quot; he reportedly wrote. &quot;The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship.&quot;</p> <p>In a 2011 appearance on Chris Matthews&#39; &quot;Hardball&quot; program,&nbsp;Smid expressed sentiments about sexual orientation&nbsp;that, by all accounts, were a far cry from his earlier beliefs.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/john-smid-former-ex-gay-leader-marries-man-oklahoma-0" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/john-smid-former-ex-gay-leader-marries-man-oklahoma-0" dc:title="John Smid, Former &#039;Ex-Gay&#039; Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6185" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/john-smid-former-ex-gay-leader-marries-man-oklahoma-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay Star News John Smid Marries A Man monthly Christian fellowship Morgan Jon Fox Oklahoma Smid Equality Gay Marriage Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:34:01 +0000 ONE Community 6185 at http://www.onecommunity.co John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma ONE Community Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/judge-lifts-same-sex-marriage-ban-montana <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/judge-lifts-same-sex-marriage-ban-montana" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/judge_lifts_same-sex_marriage_ban_in_montana.jpg" alt="Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana" title="Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A federal judge lifted Montana&#39;s constitutional ban on same-sex on Wednesday, making the state the 34th in the nation to recognize gay marriage,&nbsp;KULR Newsreported.</p> <p>&ldquo;These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves,&quot; Judge Morris wrote in the decision.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/judge-lifts-same-sex-marriage-ban-montana" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/judge-lifts-same-sex-marriage-ban-montana" dc:title="Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6183" /> </rdf:RDF> --> federal judge Judge Lifts Same-Sex Judge Morris KULR Newsreported marriage ban Montana same-sex couples same-sex marriage Equality Gay Marriage Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:29:07 +0000 ONE Community 6183 at http://www.onecommunity.co Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana ONE Community AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/aids-memorial-quilt-panels-arrive-world-aids-day-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/47/aids-memorial-quilt-panels-arrive-world-aids-day-events" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/aids_memorial_quilt_panels_arrive_for_world_aids_day_events.jpg" alt="AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events" title="AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>AUNT RITA&rsquo;S FOUNDATION RED BRUNCH GALA TO CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND AWARD FUNDS TO MEMBER AGENCIES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>WHO/WHAT:</strong></u><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> Aunt Rita&rsquo;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.&nbsp;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&rsquo;s successes of the year.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/aids-memorial-quilt-panels-arrive-world-aids-day-events" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/aids-memorial-quilt-panels-arrive-world-aids-day-events" dc:title="AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6182" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/47/aids-memorial-quilt-panels-arrive-world-aids-day-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AIDS AIDS Memorial Quilt aunt rita Aunt Rita’s Foundation RED Brunch red brunch gala Rita’s Foundation Viva Aunt Rita civil rights Community News Equality Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:33:13 +0000 ONE Community 6182 at http://www.onecommunity.co AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events ONE Community These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/these-are-the-states-where-students-get-harassed-the-most-their-sexual-orientation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/46/these-are-the-states-where-students-get-harassed-the-most-their-sexual-orientation" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/these_are_the_states_where_students_get_harassed_the_most_for_their_sexual_orientation.jpg" alt="These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation" title="These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <p>In October, the Gay, Lesbian &amp; 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,&nbsp;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.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/these-are-the-states-where-students-get-harassed-the-most-their-sexual-orientation" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/these-are-the-states-where-students-get-harassed-the-most-their-sexual-orientation" dc:title="These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6180" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/these-are-the-states-where-students-get-harassed-the-most-their-sexual-orientation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 55 percent Alabama Arizona Arizona specific data connecticut friendlier learning environments GLSEN Massachusetts National School Climate School Climate Survey sexual orientation Sexual Orientation Students South Carolina straight education network civil rights Equality Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:44:21 +0000 ONE Community 6180 at http://www.onecommunity.co These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation ONE Community Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/arizona-lands-the-middle-forbes-list-best-states-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/46/arizona-lands-the-middle-forbes-list-best-states-business" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/arizona_lands_in_the_middle_of_039forbes039_list_of_best_states_for_business.jpg" alt="Arizona lands in the middle of &amp;#039;Forbes&amp;#039; list of best states for business" title="Arizona lands in the middle of &#039;Forbes&#039; list of best states for business" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arizona officials like to tout the state&#39;s business friendliness, but, according toForbes, the state could do better.</p> <p>The venerable magazine listed Arizona No. 22 in its list of best states for business. Not bad &ndash; but it certainly could be better.</p> <p>Forbes&#39;&nbsp;annual list&nbsp;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.</p> <p>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.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/arizona-lands-the-middle-forbes-list-best-states-business" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/arizona-lands-the-middle-forbes-list-best-states-business" dc:title="Arizona lands in the middle of &#039;Forbes&#039; list of best states for business" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6179" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/arizona-lands-the-middle-forbes-list-best-states-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ) rankings didn't help. annual list Arizona Arizona lands best states business Arizona officials business costs business friendliness data points economic climate growth prospects labor supply No. north carolina North Dakota regulatory environment South Carolina venerable magazine civil rights Equality Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:03:01 +0000 ONE Community 6179 at http://www.onecommunity.co Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business ONE Community U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/us-supreme-court-clears-gay-marriage-start-kansas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/46/us-supreme-court-clears-gay-marriage-start-kansas" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/u.s._supreme_court_clears_gay_marriage_to_start_in_kansas.jpg" alt="U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas" title="U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Supreme Court cleared Kansas to become the 33rd state with same-sex marriage, turning away a bid by state officials who sought to stop the weddings while a legal fight plays out.</p> <p>The action comes as both sides in the fast-moving battle prepare for the possibility that the court will take up the issue next year and consider legalizing gay marriage nationwide.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s rebuff, which came without explanation, tracks similar Supreme Court orders that let gay marriage start in Idaho and Alaska in recent weeks. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have granted the request and blocked gay marriages in Kansas.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/us-supreme-court-clears-gay-marriage-start-kansas" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/us-supreme-court-clears-gay-marriage-start-kansas" dc:title="U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6178" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/us-supreme-court-clears-gay-marriage-start-kansas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay Marriage Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court civil rights Equality Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:42:10 +0000 ONE Community 6178 at http://www.onecommunity.co U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas ONE Community Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/tempe-tucson-phoenix-get-perfect-scores-gay-civil-rights-report <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/46/tempe-tucson-phoenix-get-perfect-scores-gay-civil-rights-report" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/tempe_tucson_phoenix_get_perfect_scores_in_gay_civil_rights_report.jpg" alt="Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report" title="Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In one year, Arizona has gone from being home to one city lauded as a leader in gay civil rights to sporting three municipalities garnering the accolades.</p> <p>In 2013, Phoenix was the only city in Arizona to score 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign&#39;s annual Municipal Equality Index. The index grades how U.S. municipalities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The Human Rights Campaign is a national gay-rights organization.</p> <p>This year, Tempe, Tucson and Phoenix received perfect scores on the 0-100 scale. The cities also were among 23 designated &quot;All Stars,&quot; for excelling on matters of equality without relying on state law.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/tempe-tucson-phoenix-get-perfect-scores-gay-civil-rights-report" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/tempe-tucson-phoenix-get-perfect-scores-gay-civil-rights-report" dc:title="Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6176" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/46/tempe-tucson-phoenix-get-perfect-scores-gay-civil-rights-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> annual Municipal Equality Arizona civil rights civil rights report gay civil rights Human Rights Campaign LGBT residents Municipal Equality Index national gay-rights organization perfect scores Tempe Tempe City Council Tempe Councilman Kolby transgender residents civil rights Equality Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:17:44 +0000 ONE Community 6176 at http://www.onecommunity.co Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report ONE Community