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Final Post on DPJ- To a Better Phoenix, To a Better Downtown

I’m living in Salt Lake! (And I work in Draper… words I never thought I’d say. Ever.)

I’m still living in boxes and organizing which has left little time to write, although I have a list of topics and ideas a mile long already. One of these days I’ll get back into my groove as I report about Salt Lake, historic preservation, politics, and general merriment.

Until then, my last post on the Downtown Phoenix Journal went up today. I wrote this a day or two before I moved away from my desert. I loved writing for DPJ and feel very lucky I was able to be a part of it.

My last post is my swan song called To a Better Phoenix, To a Better Downtown.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Governor Brewer that you do not support her attack on domestic partner benefits

I recieved this email from Equality Arizona. Some emails don’t need to be rewritten, they just need to be shared. Jan Brewer continues to be an embarrassment to Arizona and will be remembered in history books as a villan of liberty and justice for all. 

Arizona politics are in the national spotlight once again following Governor Jan Brewer’s request that the Supreme Court overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling that prevented Arizona from denying health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.

In September, the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously that while the state is not obligated to provide health care benefits for state employees, denying benefits to a specific group violates the Constitution’s equal-protection provision and adversely affects gay and lesbian employees.

Under the guise of “states’ rights” and “cost-savings” the governor continues her crusade to legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Local progressive leaders, including Mayor Greg Stanton and State Representative Matt Heinz, have issued statements emphasizing the importance of offering domestic partner benefits. Continue reading →

The Things I’ll Miss in Phoenix

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Since I’m soon leaving Phoenix I’ve been thinking about the things I’ll miss the most and the things I won’t. This is what I’ve come up with Continue reading →

Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Salt Lake City

I’ve kept this “secret” for a while and by “secret” I mean I’ve been talking about it for months: I’m moving to Salt Lake on July 28th.

Yes… Goodbye Phoenix, Hello Salt Lake.

Deep down, I knew I wasn’t going to be in Phoenix forever but I didn’t think I’d move quite so soon. I am sad to leave because the desert was my first true love and I’ll miss it, but a new chapter of life is about to begin. I will be starting grad school at the University of Utah, working on a Masters in History. Plus there is a more powerful reason- I’m madly in love and he lives in Salt Lake. I’m moving to begin a life with him. Love makes us do crazy things I guess.

Moving back to Utah is almost like a homecoming. Almost. Continue reading →

Gay History from Phoenix – Sunday’s Childe

June is Gay Pride month across the country. It was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred on June 28, 1969 and marked the birth of the Gay Liberation movement. Pride is about living without fear, it’s speaking out against discrimination while embracing your identity, it’s about taking ownership of your life and not being a victim to bigotry, hate, or violence.

Because June is hot in the Sonoran Desert, the Phoenix Pride parade and celebration happens in April. But in the early days (i.e. the late 70s, Pride was celebrated in June.)

Of course there were gay men and women in Phoenix during the 60s and 70s and by 1977 a small group of people began publishing Sunday’s Childe, the first newsletter written by and for the LGBT community in Phoenix. Continue reading →

 
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