Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox came to Phoenix to speak on behalf of Monica Jones, a transgender Phoenix student convicted on charges of manifesting prostitution in April. Cox, Jones, and Jones' attorneys all claim that the Phoenix city ordinance under which Jones was arrested is unconstitutio ... More >>
On a sunny Saturday morning in April, more than two dozen men, women, and children march up Central Avenue, on the final stretch of the Pride parade. The pro-gay march has taken place in Phoenix every year since 1981, but it's the first time this particular group has joined the thousands of people c ... More >>
Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, ... More >>
A group of same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.Several Arizona laws outlaw aspects of same-sex marriages in the state, including Proposition 102, passed by voters in 2008, which states that the only recognized marriages in the state are "a uni ... More >>
Well, same-sex marriage probably won't be legal in Arizona until 2016, at the earliest.A ballot initiative to put the issue on 2014 ballots stopped before it really got started, due to problems with funding.
The ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes is a good sign, according to a group of Arizona's gay-marriage proponents.The agencies explained yesterday that same-sex couples that were legally married in any jurisd ... More >>
Section three of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday, marking a huge step forward for marriage equality. Thursday is the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, giving the LGBTQ community and its allies plenty of reasons to celebrate. No victory is complete without s ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer's fight to keep the partners of gay state employees from getting benefits is a losing battle for the governor, so far.The day after the Supreme Court made its decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the court decided to not review Brewer's fight to implement ... More >>
This post was written by L.A. Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero.The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California today.In its ruling on the state's anti-gay marriage law, the court essentially said that a "private party," the conservative backers of the law, had n ... More >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court made a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage this morning, the Arizona group trying to get an "equal marriage" proposal on the ballot in 2014 is getting serious about its effort."It's go time," Equal Marriage Arizona chairman Warren Meyer tells New Times.
Toilet policeman and Republican Representative John Kavanagh has given up trying to tell transgender people which toilets they can and cannot use, at least this session, according to multiple reports from the state capitol.Kavanagh tried to regulate transgender toilet usage twice this session, with ... More >>
Viri Hernandez, a DREAM Act student organizer who has spent the last few years mobilizing Latino voters in West Phoenix, is criticizing Pastor Warren Stewart for his stance on gay relationships. (The DREAM Act was intended to grant a pathway to U.S. citizenship for individuals brought to this count ... More >>
As the Bisbee City Council prepares to adopt an ordinance tonight that would give same-sex couples the right to a civil union that provides the same legal benefits as a marriage, we can't help but wonder why the rest of the state isn't doing this. After it passes as expected, the city will acknowle ... More >>
According to Arizona's most powerful homophobic organization, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is trying to let men "gain access" to little girls in bathrooms.Yes, the Center for Arizona Policy -- which claims pornography "has been linked" to rapes, child molestations, and serial killers and claims "homos ... More >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center has asked Governor Jan Brewer and others to skip out on an event hosted by the Family Research Council because of the group's persistent "demonization" of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.Brewer's office says that's not happening.
In what's sort of a running joke since then-congressional candidate Ben Quayle released his goober-ish campaign ad saying "Barack Obama is the worst president in history," Quayle has an update on his stance.Quayle actually had to defend the video ad after people got a little pissy about it, but he t ... More >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center rolled out with its new round of "hate group" labels, adding the Arizona chapter of the charity/religious advocacy group United Families International to the list for being "anti-gay."Republican state Representative Andy Biggs is the former policy adviser to the gr ... More >>
Dennis Gilman's raw footage of Babeu's Saturday presserIn addition to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's admission to being a gay man during a Saturday press conference, wherein he denied allegations published in my colleague Monica Alonzo's expose concerning deportation threats against his ex-lover, ... More >>
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads ex-U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum by a mere three percentage points as they and other Republican candidates speed toward Arizona's GOP presidential primary, just one week away. This, according to a survey just released by the North Caroli ... More >>
Trent Franks thinks letting gay people get married will lead to the end of America.Forget China, the national debt, the failing economy, terrorism, and various other legitimate threats to the survival of the United States, according to fagala-fearing Congressman Trent Franks, letting gay people t ... More >>
A Democrat, Phoenix mayor wanna-be and Republican walk into a campaign fundraiser ...facebook.comCouncilman Tom Simplot (left), Phoenix lobbyist Wes Gullett and Arizona Senator John McCain.Now there a trio of politicos you wouldn't expect to see hanging out together. But political campaigns make ... More >>
www.icanhascheeseburger.comPhoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts has done something courageous for a guy in a macho-dominated industry: he came out of the closet.In an article in the New York Times yesterday, Welts, 58, announced that he is gay -- a fact his colleagues had suspecte ... More >>
John McCain's wife and daughter recently posed for a photographer's campaign to repeal a California ban on gay marriage, putting them at odds with the Arizona senator's position on the matter. Cindy McCain followed the lead of her daughter, Meghan, who posed for photographer Adam Bous ... More >>
Lynne Stevens has always been one of the odder figures in the local anti-immigrant movement, mainly because she doesn't fit the profile of angry old coot, as personified by her peer, convicted public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener. A persistent protester of Salvador Reza's Macehualli Day Labor ... More >>
Americas first openly gay comedian is still busting down barriers
Obviously, Sen. Larry Craig's private preferences did not make him a friend to the GLBT community. Regarding Arizona Governor and soon-to-be Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, some in the gay community seem outright delusional when it comes to her appointment. I wonder if they secre ... More >>
Olmsted denounces gay marriage, while ignoring the mass deportation of undocumented mothers and fathers. Know what Jesus had to say about homosexuality? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It apparently was of no concern to him. Of course, he was always hanging out with this group of 12 righteous dudes, and ... More >>
Local author blows up stereotypes
Since I penned the entry below, the Arizona Republic has made several major corrections to Ruelas' story, including the fact that De LaFreniere has not had "sexual reassignment surgery," and is therefore still in possession of her taliwacker! Here's the full retraction, which ran on page 2 of Sectio ... More >>
A unisex loo is now an option for you and yours at Anderson's Fifth Estate. Well, it ain't over till the fat lady with the weenie sings, but there's been a break in the battle over who gets to use which bog over at Anderson's Fifth Estate. The club's owner, Tom Anderson, had been in a long-running ... More >>
P-Orridge puts the smack down, right on Tom Anderson's skully. Genesis speaks! And Anderson takes it on the chin. What else can be said? So let it be written, so let it be done...I love the line at the bottom, "PEE WHERE THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW!!!" A new twist on an old Crowley-ism. ... More >>
PTV3: Genesis P-Orridge is in the center of the pile. In what may prove to be one of the most ironic club happenings in the history of Arizona, and perhaps the nation, the legendary Psychic TV, fronted by aesthetic genius and transgender icon Genesis P-Orridge, will next Monday, August 27 play And ... More >>
Coming soon to a chick's loo near you... As Ray Davies sang so long ago, "Girls will be boys and boys will be girls/ It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world..." And indeed, some in the Valley's pre-op community are determined to pee standing up at Anderson's Fifth Estate in this dispute with ... More >>
Opponents of gay marriage know it will succeed, and they're scared
"Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals" at Burton Barr resonates in today's America
Eminem's new album sparks a heated free-speech debate
State Representative Steve May is a walking, talking contradiction
Jeff Ofstedahl became the Valley's most visible gay activist, turned Echo Magazine into a political force, and carefully planned his departure for four months of sailing and finishing a novel. Then his doctor called.
ASU art professor Joe Young has spent four years telling the world he's the victim of institutional homophobia. But he's no victim. He's the incredibly persistent aggressor in a long, vicious game of smear-the-boss.