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Mormon Stories Phoenix Conference

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I’ve been a huge fan of Mormon Stories podcast for years. It’s a place where Mormons of all backgrounds, activity levels, and beliefs share their personal stories and struggles about being Mormon. These stories cover the spectrum from LGBT issues, marriage and sex, history, philosophy, Mormon theology and everything else in between. (My parents and I were interviewed for the podcast earlier this year. You can listen to it here.)

In March 2011 I was lucky enough to travel to New York City and see The Book of Mormon Musical with Mormon Stories podcast founder John Dehlin and other listeners of Mormon Stories from all over the country. That weekend was also the first (maybe second) Mormon Stories Conference. To be honest, I only planned on attending a few hours of it then I planned to hit the city. But nothing, not even the Big Apple herself, was able to pull me away from that conference. It was life changing. Continue reading →

QTalk Fundraiser at FilmBar

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I wrote about the fundraiser event on my blog earlier this month, but this new article on the Downtown Phoenix Journal website explains the origins of QTalk Arizona as well as gives info about the fundraiser.

Come out tonight at 10 p.m to FilmBar or Sunday at 4 p.m. to see You Should Meet My Son and help raise money for  Aunt Rita’s Foundation.

Caleb Laieski on QTalk Arizona

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Caleb Laieski is only 16 but he has accomplished a lot in the past few years: from founding his own organization, to helping change policies in his former school district to protect LGBT youth from bullying, from making national headlines, to being the Youth Grand Marshal at the Phoenix Pride celebration, to attending a conference at the White House, to lobbying on the Hill, and even meeting the President and Vice-President of the United States.

The most exciting thing I did my sophomore year of high school was build a float for Homecoming and make friends with the Goth kids. Continue reading →

Lydia Nibley, Director of “Two Spirits” on qTalk Arizona

Joe and I had the pleasure of speaking with filmmaker Lydia Nibley about her power film, “Two Spirits.”

From the website, “Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.” The film tells the story of Fred Martinez, a 16 year old Navajo boy who brutally murdered because of his identity and gender expression. Listen to Lydia as we talk about this important film, Navajo culture, and LGBT issues regarding hate and discrimination. The interview is posted on the qTalk Arizona website and is on iTunes.

“Two Spirits” has won numerous awards at various film festivals around the world.  The film can be seen nationally on Tuesday, June 14th (check local listings for airtime) and will also be shown in Downtown Phoenix at Civic Space Park at 5:30pm on Saturday, June 11th.

“Two Spirits” is a remarkable film and I highly recommend that you don’t miss it on PBS. In Phoenix the listing shows that it begins at 10 pm. Be home at 10 pm on June 14th to see it.

Pre-election Spooktacular on QTalk Arizona

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Katy June and Justin Unga, the Deputy Finance Director and Political Director (respectively) for the Arizona Democratic Party chat it up with Joe this week on QTalk Arizona.

I give my weekly rundown of things going on in Phoenix this Halloween weekend like the Nightmare on Adams Street, Rocky Horror at Madcap, the inaugural Tempe Double Butte Cemetery walking tour, and info about the VooDoo Revue at The Rock! Busy weekend!

But more importantly, there is a very important election on November 2. I encourage everyone to vote. I don’t have the patience for people who say voting is stupid. Voting is essential and as members of the GLBT community we know first hand that elections do impact our lives. Make your voice heard and bring along 3 friends who don’t normally vote.

Better yet, sign up to vote by mail. It’s so much easier. Start here to begin the process to get on the Permanent Early Vote List.

Happy Halloween!

 
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