Coyotes Support Arizona’s First LGBTQ+ Hockey League with Adult Learn to Play Program
PHOENIX, AZ – June 27, 2022 – With a goal to show that hockey is truly for everyone and with intent to create inclusive spaces for individuals to explore the sport, the Arizona Coyotes are proud to support the Arizona Legacy Pride Hockey Association (ALPHA) helping launch the Pride Growlers. The adult learn-to-play program for the LGBTQ+ community is designed to a provide safe and inclusive environment for community and its allies to learn the basics of skating, stickhandling, shooting and game play.
ALPHA is a non-profit group that strives to be culturally diverse and representative of Arizona. This includes initiatives like recruiting Trans people, BIPOC and people of color. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to hit the ice and learn the basics of the game, no experience required. ALPHA provides Pride Growlers participants a majority of their gear, sans skates, thanks to the generous donations from hockey fans around the Valley.
“Hockey has grown so much here in the Valley, thanks in large part to the Coyotes, so when we founded ALPHA with intent to create a safe space for those interested in playing hockey, we were so proud to receive their unwavering support,” said Founder and CEO, Matthew Spang-Marshall. “It has been such a positive experience for all of us involved to give us an outlet to learn new skills, have some fun and strengthen our LGBTQ+ community here in the Valley, all in a highly inclusive environment.”
Comprised of 10 on-ice sessions every Sunday at the Coyotes Community Ice Center in Mesa, the Coyotes Hockey Development coaching staff guides participants through the practices to enhance their skills and promote teamwork amongst the participants. Guest coaches have included former Coyotes player Tyson Nash and former U.S. Olympian Lyndsey Fry.
“The Arizona Coyotes strive to create an environment that welcomes and appreciates everyone from every walk of life,” said Arizona Coyotes Senior Director of Hockey Development Business Strategy Lyndsey Fry. “Providing support to the local hockey community helps create an inclusive space to allow adults with interest in learning hockey, while also making lifelong friendships and connections.”
Individuals looking to join the Pride Growlers or find more information on other hockey development programs, visit arizonacoyotes.com/play.
This rendering imagines “Sun Drops” by Jeff Zischke, one of the artworks to be featured at the 2022 Canal Convergence | Celebrating 10 Years of Water + Art + Light from Nov. 4–13, 2022. Rendering by Jeff Zischke.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light will celebrated its 10th anniversary Nov. 4–13, 2022, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.
The free, 10-night event features large-scale public artworks created by artists from around the world alongside augmented reality artworks and experiences, live music and dance performances, creative workshops, educational activities, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. In addition to the event’s perennial focus on interactivity and sustainability, this year’s featured theme is “Celebrating 10 Years of Water + Art + Light.”
“This November we will celebrate Canal Convergence’s evolution since 2012, its recognition today as a destination event and what we can look forward to seeing in the future as Canal Convergence continues to evolve,” said Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art, the branch of Scottsdale Arts that launched the event at the Arizona Canal a decade ago.
Since the first official Canal Convergence in 2012, the event has embodied an ever-evolving conversation about site-specific public art, light art, community engagement and more. For Canal Convergence 2022, each artist was directed to present an artwork that celebrates Water + Art + Light, interactivity and sustainability, while also drawing from past themes like “Reconnect,” “The Story of Water” and “Art and Technology.”
This year’s event will celebrate the vibrant global artist community that has made Canal Convergence so memorable over the years by selecting local, national and international artists who have exhibited work at Canal Convergence in the past alongside new artists. Scottsdale-based artist Jeff Zischke, one of the original 2012 artists, will be creating a new work for Canal Convergence called “Sun Drops.”
Zischke said his 2012 artwork, “Nodal Water Garden,” presented a challenge as he and the Scottsdale Public Art team installed more than 200 illuminated shapes on the surface of the Arizona Canal. But “Sun Drops,” which will be suspended above the canal, offers a different set of creative challenges.
“There will be five units designed like sun shapes installed in an ascending and descending order, representing sunrise and sunset in our desert environment,” Zischke said. “There are many new problems to be solved, such as engineering of cable structures and design and programming of the computer controlled LEDs that will power the sculptures at night. I look forward to working with the Canal convergence team to create another spectacular public art installation in the canal environment.”
Canal Convergence will also commission original augmented reality artworks from Arizona artists in addition to AR experiences that correspond to the physical artworks. As in the past two years, visitors to Canal Convergence can view the AR artworks and experiences through the ScottsdalePublicArt+ channel on the Hoverlay app, which also offers a portal to learn about permanent artworks throughout the city via AR.
Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, noted the massive growth of Canal Convergence in recent years, from a four-day spring gathering that maxed out at 80,000 visitors to a fall event that now typically draws about a quarter-million people to the Scottsdale Waterfront over the course of its 10 days.
“This was supported by significant investment of resources by the city of Scottsdale, via its Tourism Development Commission, as well as our own private and corporate fundraising,” Wuestemann said. “Ten years ago we embraced the idea of activating this waterfront as a public space to bring community together. I think this made Scottsdale a better place to live, while making our community stronger.”
In the coming months, additional Canal Convergence artworks and information about performances, workshops and other aspects of the event will be added to the event website at CanalConvergence.com.
Canal Convergence is made possible with annual support from the City of Scottsdale. Additional support is provided by Billie Jo Herberger, SRP, Nationwide, Christine and Richard Kovach, Magnum Companies, Hannon Rigging & Production, Hoverlay, SOAR Foundation, Sirius Structures, Walter Station Brewery, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, FirstBank, Cosanti Foundation, and Dollar Radio Rentals.
WASHINGTON—Today, Gallup released a new poll that showed a growing percentage of people (71%) in the U.S. support same-sex marriage. In response, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow released the following statement:
“This new data not only shows the continuing growth of support for same-sex marriage but also underscores what we have long known—anti-LGBTQ+ politicians and activists attacking marriage equality do not reflect the beliefs of the nation and are working contrary to public opinion,” said Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director. “Notably, the Supreme Court doesn’t take public opinion into account when makings its decision; the Court will override decades of precedent if it strikes down Roe, despite the fact that a majority of Americans support access to abortion care. If that does indeed happen, it will likely embolden state legislatures – who have already been introducing and passing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation at a record pace – to continue to test the limits of court recognized LGBTQ+ equality. ”
Key Points from the poll:
- Today, results from a 2022 Gallup poll were released that showed the estimate of Americans that support same-sex marriage has risen to 71%, an increase of more than 44 percentage points from the initial recording in 1996.
- In 2011, support for same-sex marriage reached the majority level of Americans.
- In 2015, one month before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, public support for legalizing same-sex marriage reached the 60% level.
Gallup: Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71%
By: Justin McCarthy
Seventy-one percent of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, which exceeds the previous high of 70% recorded in 2021 by one percentage point.
When Gallup first polled about same-sex marriage in 1996, barely a quarter of the public (27%) supported legalizing such unions. It would take another 15 years, until 2011, for support to reach the majority level.
Then in 2015, just one month before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, public support for legalizing gay marriage cracked the 60% level, and last year it reached the 70% mark for the first time.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Tempe, Arizona – Your Pride Month Headquarters Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Tempe is known for its welcoming spirit, blend of cosmopolitan culture and style, scenic desert beauty and more than 330 days of sunshine every year. With its location in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix and just minutes from the airport, Tempe is the perfect Pride headquarters with easy public transportation to LGBTQIA+ events across the Valley of the Sun.
Tempe, Arizona – Your Pride Month Headquarters
Happy LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Tempe is known for its welcoming spirit, blend of cosmopolitan culture and style, scenic desert beauty and more than 330 days of sunshine every year. With its location in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix and just minutes from the airport, Tempe is the perfect Pride headquarters with easy public transportation to LGBTQIA+ events across the Valley of the Sun.
Here’s what’s happening in Tempe:
June 4 – 5 – Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus: Join the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus Alumni for a spectacular HOMECOMING concert at Tempe Center for the Arts celebrating 30 years of bringing quality entertainment to the LGBTQIA+ community. Enjoy music from BROADWAY, DISNEY, PRIDE ANTHEMS and much more.
Photo: Slaven Gujic
June 25 – Miss Gay Arizona America 2022: Tempe Center for the Arts presents a state preliminary to Miss Gay America 2022. They will also be honoring Sicarya Seville, Miss Gay Arizona America 2021.
Plan your Tempe Pride Month getaway today. We’ll keep the sun shining just for you!
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Glen created a legacy in every life he touched. He is missed by many.
All community members are invited to the Glen Spencer Community Memorial & Tribute at the Phoenix Art Museum Outdoor Sculpture Garden on Tuesday, April 19th. Doors open at 3:00pm, with services beginning at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Glen Spencer Ending the Epidemic Fund.
If you wish to share a memory, or funny story about Glen at the memorial, you will have the opportunity to fill out a speakers’ card upon arrival. After the planned portion of the service, speakers cards will be drawn at random until the conclusion of the service at 5:30pm. The family kindly asks that you please keep your tribute to 2 minutes or less.
Glen Henry Spencer was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 11, 1962, and died in Phoenix, Arizona on March 19, 2022. He is survived by his husband Marc Allan, his mother JoAnn, and brothers Scott and Carl (Lynn).
Glen graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984. He lived a life devoted to non-profit work, first with the American Arbitration Association helping people resolve disputes and, following his own HIV diagnosis in 2002, became a devoted HIV/AIDS advocate and community leader in Phoenix with HIV Care Directions, Medicare Benefits Assistance Program, and Aunt Rita’s Foundation. Glen loved to travel and socialize, and was uplifted by the love and support of family and friends in his final days from his dance with cancer.
Donate to the Glen Spencer Ending the Epidemic Fund
In March of 2022, a few weeks before his passing, The Glen Spencer Ending the Epidemic Fund was created in honor of Glen. The fund supports HIV prevention, outreach, and navigation in Arizona, with a special focus on high-risk populations. The fund can continue to positively impact our community with your generosity. Glen and his family encourage you to donate to the fund and leave a comment to pay tribute to his life and legacy.
Honoring the Life of Glen Spencer
Our community will always remember Glen Spencer as a bold, charismatic, and talented leader. Glen was a loving husband, son, brother, friend, and mentor to many, and he positively impacted hundreds of lives.
Glen was an integral part of the HIV community starting in 2003 when he began his work at HIV Care Directions at the Area Agency on Aging. In 2005, he began working as a staff member for HIV Care Directions and shortly thereafter was called upon by community members and friends to help re-form Aunt Rita’s Foundation. Glen served as the second Board Chair of Aunt Rita’s and continued to serve on the board until 2011, all while working as a Medical Case Manager at HIV Care Directions and then Director of Medicare Benefits Assistance Program. In 2015, he returned to Aunt Rita’s Foundation as Executive Director until March 2021.
Among his endless number of accomplishments, Glen was instrumental in starting the first at-home HIV test kit program in Arizona, overturning the “No Promo Homo” law that prevented comprehensive sexual health education in schools, creating one of the first HIV & Aging initiatives in the country, and doing the work to help legalize syringe access to Arizonans, which was signed into law in 2021. The list goes on.
One of Glen’s greatest points of pride was working with others to establish the Phoenix Fast-Track Cities 90-90-90-0 initiative in 2016 with the goal that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of those individuals receive care and adhere to treatment, and 90% of those on treatment achieve an undetectable viral load – which means the virus cannot be passed on to another person. And finally, zero stigma.
Beyond the high-profile work that he made seem effortless as he changed the face of Arizona, Glen did everything in his power to help any individual in need, connect community members to each other, and support those living with or at risk of HIV. A person’s rank or status didn’t factor into the way they were treated; Glen simply wanted to help. And, he did help so many people… many more than we can ever know.
In Loving Memory of Glen Spencer
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Health care system one of 496 nationwide to receive coveted designation for fourth consecutive year
PHOENIX (March 28, 2022) – For the fourth consecutive year, Valleywise Health has been named an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
Valleywise Health was the first hospital in Maricopa County to participate in HRC’s 15th anniversary edition of the annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) and is one of only three hospitals in Arizona to receive a perfect score of 100. HEI has given the health system a perfect score the last three-years because of their commitment to providing discrimination protections and high-quality care to LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees.
The HEI evaluates and scores healthcare facilities on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
· Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care;
· LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support;
· Employee Benefits and Policies; and,
· Patient and Community Engagement.
“We’re proud to be recognized for culturally competent care and for our commitment to provide equitable access to exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time,” says Steve Purves, President and CEO of Valleywise Health. “As a major center of teaching, we have a special role in advancing care equity by training future health care providers and staff to offer competent, sensitive care to LGBTQ+ patients and their families while also ensuring our employees feel that same sense of inclusion.”
Created in April 2021, the Valleywise Health LGBTQ+ Rainbow Warriors’ Employee Resource Group spearheaded the HEI recertification efforts. Beyond that process, the ERG has activated internally to expand awareness and education, take part in community events, and orchestrate inclusive social gatherings for LGBTQ+ and allied staff. The HEI accreditation process was accomplished through dedicated workgroups focused on processes, protocols, and policies to increase the welcoming environment for all patients at Valleywise Health.
Key initiatives launched in the last year include Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Inclusion (SOGII) in medical records and processes, championing the use of pronouns throughout Valleywise Health, and making strategic changes in EPIC and with vendors to honor the identities of patients in a respectful, affirming manner. Other activities include fundraising for the AIDS Walk AZ & 5k Run, Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June, and honoring the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
“Receiving this recognition further validates the importance of creating an inclusive environment within the walls of Valleywise Health, but in all we do externally in the community,” says Manuel Soto-Griego, Health Information Management Director at Valleywise Health.
Valleywise Health has a long and respected reputation for providing care to LGBTQ+ patients through Valleywise Community Health Center – McDowell, a specialty clinic providing primary care services for HIV positive patients, HIV prevention through PrEP and transgender hormonal therapy. This care has now expanded to its location in Mesa, but overall treat about 4,000 patients per year, with roughly 65% self-identifying as LGBTQ.
For more information on Valleywise Health, please visit www.valleywisehealth.org.
About Valleywise Health
Located in Phoenix, Arizona and named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health in 2020, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) has a proud tradition of being the community safety net health care system with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved. Valleywise Health consists of Valleywise Health Medical Center, Arizona’s only public teaching hospital, Level 1 trauma center with ability to treat adults and children and Arizona’s only nationally verified Burn Center serving the entire Southwestern United States. Other services include primary HIV care at the McDowell and Peoria health centers, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, three behavioral health centers, and 11 community health centers. To learn more, please visit www.ValleywiseHealth.org
Action Alert: two anti-trans bills passed the House of Representatives today and are headed to the Governor
Today, both SB 1138 and SB 1165 passed through Arizona’s House of Representatives, and will be headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law or vetoed. This is a pivotal moment for trans rights in Arizona. SB 1138 creates a governmental authority to override standards of care decided by medical experts and to restrict gender-affirming care for trans youth. SB 1165 rewrites school athletics policy for the entire state, from kindergarten through college, simply to keep trans girls from playing sports with their friends. These bills are hostile and discriminatory, and must be stopped.
What You Can Do Today
Write to Governor Ducey asking him to join Republican leaders from Utah and Indiana in vetoing anti-trans legislation. It only takes a few seconds to send a letter with our online advocacy form, and it’s important to let him know what kind of leader Arizona needs him to be.
Contact Governor Ducey
Share your message to the Governor online
Record a short video asking Governor Ducey to veto SB 1138 and SB 1165.
Post your video on social media and tag @equalityarizona on Instagram or Twitter.
Use the hashtags #GovernorDucey #VetoSB1138 #VetoSB1165 and #ProtectTransKids so that we can amplify your voice!
Why These Bills Are Wrong for Arizona
By crafting state law to restrict the medical care of a specific population, SB 1138 would set a dangerous precedent. Standards of care evolve, and should be decided by experts, not the legislature. Codifying today’s standards of care could mean that, as transgender health care improves over time, doctors are kept from following standards of care and put at odds with their industry boards. This bill is unnecessary, unjustified, and comes at a time when many families worry that the decisions they make with teams of doctors and psychologists to support their children could place them in legal jeopardy.
Like SB 1138, the student athlete ban SB 1165 discriminates against a very small minority. In the past five years, only 16 trans students (both boys and girls) have appealed to play in high school sports in Arizona under the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s inclusive policy, out of over 170,000 total student athletes in our high schools. We already have a policy to ensure fairness for all students when trans kids ask to participate in sports, and that policy is working. Rewriting sports policy at a state level to ban a very small number of girls from sports is unjustified and would have drastic unintended consequences for all girls. The strict standards of scrutiny for gender in SB 1165 will make it harder for tomboyish girls to feel comfortable joining a team, or for a tall girl to feel like she could play basketball or volleyball without unfair suspicion, and will contribute to a culture of bullying and invasive accusations.
Congratulations to the Following Awardees…
Steve Hall Award Recipients
Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s mission is to celebrate, support, and unite LGBTQI+ older adults. We recognize and respond to the unique concerns of our community by delivering social and support programming in three areas: (1) social & learning; (2) health & wellbeing; (3) arts & culture. We vet and share LGBTQI+ welcoming resources and increase awareness of aging issues in the LGBTQI+ community. Through advocacy and advisory participation with other organizations and projects, we shine a light on the needs of our traditionally invisible demographic. Founded as a program of Wingspan Community Center in 2002, Senior Pride became independent and volunteer-run with SAAF as a fiscal sponsor in 2014 when Wingspan closed. We have maintained past services and expanded our mission for seven years. Our 45+ dedicated volunteers moved the organization steadily forward enabling Senior Pride to become an independent 501(c)3 non-profit with paid staff positions on January 1, 2022.
Godat Award Recipient
Scott Blades (he/him/él) is the Executive Director and founder of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), the largest privately-funded and volunteer-driven AIDS service organization in the state of Arizona which this year commemorates 28 years of serving the community. Scott is passionate about engaging people to improve our community. He is a champion of social justice, equality, and inclusion for persons who are LGBTQ+ and persons who are living with and affected by HIV. Recognitions include the William S. MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award from Equality Arizona (2014), the United Methodist Global AIDS Leadership Award (2016), and Community Leader of the Year from the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce (2018).
Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award Recipient
Dr. Kay Bauman has dedicated her career to health care delivery to minority and underserved populations. In the early 1980’s she was the first Tucson physician to move past heterosexual presumption and provide a safe medical resource for the LGBTQ community. Her work put her at the forefront of the HIV epidemic in Tucson in its earliest days. She was on the Governor’s Task Force on AIDS and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tucson AIDS Project.
Richard Elías Public Servant Award Recipient
Karin Uhlich served as an out and proud LGBTQI+ member of the Tucson City Council from 2005-2017 and in 2021, and as Vice-Mayor of Tucson for two years. She moved to Tucson in 1993 to serve as the CEO of the Primavera Foundation, a nonprofit organization addressing poverty and homelessness. From 2002 to 2014, she served as the founding Director of the SW Center for Economic Integrity, an economic justice advocacy organization that targets exploitative commerce such as payday lending and day labor brokering. She has served on local nonprofit Boards of Directors including the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ, the Brewster Center Against Domestic Violence, and the LGBTQI+ Alliance Fund. Karin joined Arizona Complete Health in 2015 to lead their Medicaid work on housing and homelessness. She now serves as the Director of the Social Determinants and Health Equity team.
We hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating our honorees at this year’s Out Brunch on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022. Tickets are currently on sale get your tickets now and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community!
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Postino Wine Cult and State Bicycle Co. Aim to Raise $10K for Arizona’s LGBTQ+ Youth
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Who: Food & drink, and lifestyle reporters, and community members interested in supporting one-n-ten.
What: Postino Wine Cult, Postino WineCafe’s recently launched a counter culture wine club, is joining forces with State Bicycle Co. to support local nonprofit, one-n-ten, by hosting a Pride Ride and raffle to benefit one-n-ten, a local non-profit that supports Arizona’s LGBTQ+ youth. The Pride Ride will begin at the Postino Central parking lot (5144 N. Central Ave) on Sunday, April 10 at 8:30 am. Registration starts at 8:00 am and costs $35. For every ticket sold, Postino will make an additional $35 donation. 100% of ticket sales will benefit one-n-ten. Attendees can sign up here.
For those who can’t make it to the ride, raffle tickets are also available March 18 through April 10, 2022, every $1 donation to the fundraiser page will count as a raffle entry. 100% of donations benefit one-n-ten, and there is no limit to the number of donations/raffle entries. The winner of the Pride Raffle will receive a bike from State Bike Company (up to a $400 value) and a Brunch & Wine Tasting Experience at Postino (valued at $300). For more information and to donate, click here.
“Postino strives to make every individual that walks through our doors feel good,” said Colin L.V Reeves, Guest Engagement Manager. “We are excited to partner with State Bicycle Co. and invite the community to join us for an event that gets people outside and moving in the beautiful Arizona weather while also supporting one-n-ten.”
One-n-ten’s mission is to serve LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ranging in age from 11-24. Through its efforts, one-n-ten changes lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices. The organization’s focus this year is to create safe spaces and resources in smaller communities that lack LGBTQ+ resources. One-n-ten strives to expand their POND Housing Program which offers services to help LGBTQ+ youth with rent, budgeting, education and job hunting.
For more information about one-n-ten, visit www.onenten.org
About Postino WineCafe
The Valley’s original local wine café, Postino began 20 years ago with a vision and some homegrown determination. After renovating the historic Arcadia Post Office Building, the partners built a foundation with unique, approachable wines; simple, delicious food prepared with local ingredients; and a warm, edgy culture that brings everyone together. Today, Postino continues this tradition with twenty unique locations, each set in historically relevant buildings integral to the neighborhoods that surround them.
About Postino Wine Cult
Postino Wine Cult, the first-ever subscription-based wine club created by the team behind Postino WineCafe, invites you to capture the spirit of enjoying the Wine Cult on a picnic, hike or even a bike ride. Launching on April 11 with their second box of wines, this quarter’s theme is to get outside and enjoy everything that Arizona has to offer. When signing up, members will receive a stylish box filled with four guaranteed-great wines, four times per year for only $60 per quarter (or save with a $220 annual subscription). Postino Wine Culties will also receive exclusive perks and monthly hookups, including a sign-up gift of a branded Wine Cult tote filled with stickers, and their choice of a complimentary bottle from Postino’s regular menu. Additionally, they will get 20% off bottles to-go, exclusive access to small batch wines, and first tastes of the new seasonal By The Glass wines. https://www.instagram.com/postinowinecult/ | For more info and to sign up, visit postinowinecult.com
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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 30 – MAY 1
AT HERITAGE SQUARE HISTORIC DISTRICT
19th Annual Downtown Phoenix Festival is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
PHOENIX — The 19th Annual Rainbows Festival, Arizona’s second-largest annual LGBTQ event, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, 2022 at the Heritage Square Historic District in downtown Phoenix. The festival will be open on both days from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. It is produced by Phoenix Pride and presented by Embry Health.
This will mark the Rainbows Festival’s return from a two-and-a-half-year pandemic-induced hiatus. The last was held in November of 2019.
As in years past, the two-day outdoor event will be FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FAMILY AND PET FRIENDLY, and will include hundreds of booths from local businesses, activities, food, two stages of live entertainment and more.
Comprising more than three-and-a-half acres (approximately 155,000 square feet) of fun for the whole family, the Rainbows Festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 guests over its two-day run. Headliners on the Festival’s Bud Light® Main Stage will include American Idol and Queen of the Universe finalist Ada Vox on Saturday, April 30; and Canadian Hot 100 singer-songwriter Mia Martina, on Sunday, May 1. In addition to the headliners and other Main Stage performers, the event will feature a full lineup of live entertainment throughout both days, on the Nissan Community Stage.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time to bring the Rainbows Festival back to the Greater Phoenix community, and after two-and-a-half years, it is finally in sight,” Phoenix Pride Executive Director Mike Fornelli commented. “As the second largest annual LGBTQ community event in Arizona, the Rainbows Festival is a vital connection point for our community, but also a chance to welcome and spend quality time with friends, family, neighbors, allies and the community as a whole. We’re excited to be back and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to Heritage Square for the event of the Spring!”
“After waiting more than two years to reunite our community at the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade this past November, we were reminded firsthand of how important it is to have safe spaces where we can come together and celebrate our culture. The Rainbows Festival will give us another sorely needed opportunity to do just that,” President of the Phoenix Pride Board of Directors Tait Moline added. “Building on the incredible success of our fall events, we are expecting a phenomenal turnout for Rainbows, and, as always, everyone is invited to join us for a fantastic weekend of fun, food, music and inclusion.”
For more information on the 2022 Rainbows Festival, including detailed event, parking and accessibility information, the public is encouraged to visit http://phoenixpride.org/events/rainbows-festival.
The 19th Annual Rainbows Festival is a production of Phoenix Pride, which has helmed the event since 2012. The Rainbows Festival in Phoenix originated in 2002.
Embry Health is the overall presenter of the 2022 Rainbows Festival. They are joined by supporting partners, including Bud Light®, Nissan Motor Corporation and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
ABOUT PHOENIX PRIDE
Phoenix Pride is the producer of the two largest annual public LGBTQ+ community events in Arizona: the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade, and the Rainbows Festival. Founded in 1981, the organization engages year-round in its mission to unite, educate and engage people to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Additional information regarding Phoenix Pride is available online at the agency’s website, http://www.phoenixpride.org.
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