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Phoenix AZ

Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona.

On Feb. 26, 2013, the Phoenix City Council approved a measure to expand the city’s anti-discrimination law to include protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in city contracts, housing, employment and public accommodations.

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic. [...]

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High school says lesbian couple not eligible for homecoming royalty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty must be made up of a male and female pair. [...]

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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.
WASHINGTON -- The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. [...]

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Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. [...]

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Phoenix approves LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday evening approved a measure to expand the city's anti-discrimination law to include protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in city contracts, housing, employment and public accommodations such as restaurants. [...]

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Phoenix to consider expanding anti-bias law to include LGBT residents

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Phoenix, Ariz.
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix city council is expected to vote this month on whether to expand the city's anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination against its LGBT residents. [...]

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Transgender man who gave birth hits snag in Arizona divorce proceeding

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A then-pregnant Thomas Beatie in a 2008 photo.
An Arizona man who gained national attention for giving birth after having a sex-change operation, has hit a snag in his divorce proceedings because the presiding judge has questioned whether the marriage was ever legal in Arizona because he is transgender. [...]

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Police: Assault on Phoenix men was an anti-gay hate crime

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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A Phoenix man is recovering from a late night attack last Thursday in what police are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [...]

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Phoenix LGBTQ center to offer high school curriculum for bullied, homeless youth

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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PHOENIX -- For the first time, Phoenix will have a functional LGBTQ youth facility that will include an alternative high school geared specifically towards lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students. [...]

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Phoenix mayor seeks ordinance to outlaw discrimination against gays

Saturday, April 7, 2012
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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is looking to address gaps in the city's human-rights protections, and has assembled a group of aides and attorneys to draft an ordinance that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT residents. [...]

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