Tucson AZ

Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona.

On June 18, 2013, the Tucson City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing civil unions between same-sex couples. The ordinance allows same-sex couples to register a civil union with the city, thereby expanding their rights related to inheritances, property ownership and guardianship.

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Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

Friday, February 21, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]

University of Arizona seeks to boost transgender studies program

Thursday, September 5, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona is creating four tenured professor positions to expand its transgender studies courses. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Congressman to ask feds to investigate anti-gay flyer as a hate crime

Monday, September 2, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. — A U.S. congressman is calling on Arizona and federal authorities to investigate a pair of controversial fliers attacking a school board member as a possible hate crime. [ Read more → ]

Former intern who helped save Giffords hit with nasty, anti-gay recall campaign

Monday, August 26, 2013
Daniel Hernandez Jr., the former intern credited with helping to save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life when she was shot in 2011 and now an elected member of a Tucson-area school board, is facing a nasty recall election in which his opponents are attacking him for being openly gay and for his advocacy on behalf of gun violence prevention. [ Read more → ]
Tucson, Ariz.

Tucson becomes second Arizona city to allow same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson city council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing civil unions between same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Cartoonist fired, student newspaper apologizes for anti-gay cartoon

Thursday, October 18, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Daily Wildcat, the student-run daily newspaper at the University of Arizona, has issued an apology and fired the cartoonist after publishing an editorial cartoon that critics said advocated violence against LGBT people. [ Read more → ]

Arizona business executive fired for video criticizing Chick-fil-A

Friday, August 3, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson businessman was fired from his job on Thursday after posting a video online of himself in a Chick-fil-A drive-thru the day prior, in which he voiced his opposition to the company's CEO and the chain's financial support of anti-gay organizations. [ Read more → ]
Matt Heinz

Openly gay Arizona state legislator announces run for Gabrielle Giffords’ U.S. House seat

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -- An openly gay Arizona state lawmaker announced Tuesday that he will enter the race to fill the congressional seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who resigned last week. [ Read more → ]

Giffords to resign from Congress to focus on recovery from Tucson shooting

Sunday, January 22, 2012
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in a massacre that left six others dead one year ago, has announced that she will resign from Congress this week. [ Read more → ]
Hernandez was honored by President Obama at a memorial for victims of the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting and assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Our pick for LGBT Person of the Year: Daniel Hernandez Jr.

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Daniel Hernandez, an openly gay 21-year-old University of Arizona student, was just five days into his new job as an intern for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) when, during a routine "meet & greet" with her constituents in a suburban Tucson shopping center, a mentally disturbed man open fired in an assassination attempt on Giffords, killing six people among the gathered crowd, including a federal judge... [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Hero in Tucson shootings, Daniel Hernandez

Saturday, October 15, 2011
University of Arizona student and congressional intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. garnered national recognition when he saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. President Obama acknowledged him for his heroism. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Hernandez

Intern credited with saving Giffords to attend ‘State of the Union’

Monday, January 24, 2011
Daniel Hernandez Jr., the openly gay congressional intern who rushed to the aid of his boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when a shooting rampage erupted around them in Tucson, Ariz., two weeks ago, has been invited to attend the State of the Union address. [ Read more → ]
Well-wishers gather for a candlelight vigil outside the offices US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9

Why I find Sarah Palin’s response to Arizona shootings’ aftermath ‘reprehensible’

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It is not often that I find it necessary to set aside my press credentials and lend an opinion to public discourse on any given subject that I report on. However, that said, I need to comment not as an American which I am not, nor as a Canadian which I am, but rather as a human being and responsible adult living in a divisive and polarized society here in the United States. [ Read more → ]
Jared Loughner (booking photo)

Gunman in AZ shooting held without bail; Giffords’ condition critical; gay intern hailed

Monday, January 10, 2011
The suspect in the attempted assassination of a U. S. Congresswoman, which left her and 14 others gravely injured and six dead, appeared in federal court on Monday. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, remains in critical condition after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head. [ Read more → ]

Gay intern credited with helping to save Giffords’ life following Arizona shooting

Sunday, January 9, 2011
A gay intern, who had been working for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for only five days, is credited with helping to save the Congresswoman's life after she took a gunshot wound to the head while appearing at a public event in Tucson, Ariz. Saturday. [ Read more → ]

Pro-LGBT Congresswoman gunned down in Arizona shooting; federal judge fatally wounded

Saturday, January 8, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -- U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is in critical condition after undergoing surgery after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head while appearing at a public event in Tucson, Ariz. today. Six people were killed in the mass shooting incident, including a federal judge. [ Read more → ]
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