Happy Pride Month from Pride Guide Arizona!
DIVE INTO SUMMER FUN IN TEMPE! Grab your sunglasses, sunscreen and sense of adventure because summer has arrived in Tempe! Sun and soak at the pool by day and take in a Broadway show or explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert after sunset. Flashlight Nights shine with a self-guided tour through the Desert Botanical Garden all summer long. HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon, returns to ASU Gammage this June! Rooftop Pools make for a perfect oasis during the summer. Catch some rays, some spectacular views and relax in Tempe.
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Join PHX Fray’s New LGBTQ+ Leagues
We’re offering softball, kickball and cornhole leagues as a fun and inclusive way to get active this spring. Sign up today to join for a season of fun, community and camaraderie.
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Pride Season is Just Around the Corner!
In honor of Pride Month, the Arizona Diversity council is planning the 2023 Arizona LGBTQ+ Summit held at the ASU Health Futures Center on June 8 from 8am-12pm. This year’s theme is The Evolution of Pride: Transformative DEI. During this event, we will candidly discuss the benefits and challenges that accompany the effective inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender team members in the workplace and explore how organizations can better serve their LGBTQ+ customers and clients. Together with our speakers, we will explore the importance of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies both in the workforce and within the community.
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Aunt Rita’s Foundation Names Stacey Jay Cavaliere as New Executive Director
PHOENIX (April 13, 2023) — Aunt Rita’s, whose mission is to end HIV in Arizona, announced Stacey Jay Cavaliere as its new Executive Director bringing fresh eyes and new perspectives to the Valley-based nonprofit leading the Foundation into its next chapter.
A dedicated and experienced leader in Arizona’s nonprofit community, with nearly 20 years of experience working in social services and nonprofit, Cavaliere will build upon Aunt Rita’s solid foundation serving as its chief fundraising and administrative officer and leading its development/administrative team.
Cavaliere is a respected professional in the field holding various executive leadership positions throughout his career. He is a tireless advocate for vulnerable populations and marginalized communities, including youth and young adults of color, justice-involved populations in recovery, houseless individuals, and those living with HIV. He has also developed and managed positive youth development and homelessness prevention programs, stewarded major, corporate, and sustaining donor initiatives, and has extensive experience executing record-breaking fundraising events.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to extend a warm welcome to Stacey Jay,” said Aunt Rita’s Board of Directors Chair, Daniel Sciortino, who led the search committee. “With nearly 20 years in non-profit leadership and a great track record as a team-builder, innovator, and change agent, I know he will be an excellent leader. We are thrilled to support him as he builds upon the solid foundation.”
Cavaliere walks proud in his truth as an HIV-positive individual, often serving as a personal resource for others. When he was first diagnosed, Aunt Rita’s Foundation was one of the first agencies he reached out to for resources, which led him to receiving services at several of the partnering agencies.
“My journey has now come full circle and I truly believe the universe is calling me to serve the community in a new capacity,” said Cavaliere. “As the incoming Executive Director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, I look forward to leading this dedicated team and supporting the partnering agencies during this pivotal time in the Foundation’s history; building upon the Foundation’s rich legacy, and working each day tirelessly, to end HIV in Arizona. Let’s get to work!”
Aunt Rita’s partner agencies include Ebony House, The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, CAN Community Health, Chicanos Por La Causa LUCES Program, HEAL International, HIV Care Directions, Valleywise Health, one n ten, Southwest Behavioral Health Services, Southwest Center, Shot in the Dark, Southwest Recovery Alliance, Terros Health, and more.
Aunt Rita’s has provided millions of dollars in grant funding in support of critical HIV prevention and treatment programs throughout Arizona. Aunt Rita’s distributes free 15-minute Home HIV oral swap test kits through GetTestedAz.org, where free vouchers for confidential in-person clinical testing at Safeway/Albertsons and Sonora Quest locations statewide for all STIs. Aunt Rita’s Foundation also works with the Arizona Department of Health Services to connect individuals of any status to knowledgeable providers covering the entire state through HIVAZ.ORG.
Aunt Rita’s Foundation was a founding member with the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities initiative and plays a vital role in advocating at the Arizona legislature and State Government to establish laws, regulations, and policies that further our efforts to educate, prevent HIV, and treat HIV.
For more information on Aunt Rita’s Foundation, visit www.auntritas.org.
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April E-News from Pride Guide Arizona
CATCH A SNEAK PEEK OF SPRING IN TEMPE! Tempe spring events are a can’t miss! Explore a variety of outdoor events that will honor and inspire you with Tempe’s culture and spirit. ASU Pow Wow celebrates the heritage, beliefs and traditions of American Indian culture at Sun Devil Stadium. CHECK IT OUT Pat’s Run supports the Pat Tillman foundation with a 4.2 Mile run or walk through the streets of Tempe ending inside Sun Devil Stadium. GET THE SCOOP Music in the Garden presents a spectacular lineup of local musical talent at the Desert Botanical Garden. SEE FOR YOURSELF
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Fountain Hills Theater Announces the Opening of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play ‘Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches’
WHAT: ANGELS IN AMERICA: PART ONE, MILLENNIUM APPROACHES by Tony Kushner
WHERE: Fountain Hills Theater
WHEN: Mar. 3 – 19, 2023. Thursday through Saturdays at 7:30pm,
HOW: Reservations: (480) 837-9661 x3 or visit fhtaz.org. Individual tickets are $35.00. Discounts for groups
Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches.
Angels in America: Part One, Millenium Approaches is a metaphorical and symbolic vision of America during the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. In Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel. Angels in America is an epic drama that has deservedly earned awards for its portrayal of contemporary America–its mixture of brutal reality and miraculous fantasy, its tragedy and comedy, cruelties and compassion.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the play’s Broadway premiere. Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1993) Tony Awards (1993): Best Play. Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches is directed by Chris R. Chávez and stars Rob Allocca, Keith Chandler, Raheem D’Angelo, Debra Lyman, Katie Marburger, Cindy Pruett, Van Rockwell and Pat Russel. Presented through Special Arrangement with Concord Theatricals. *Rated R for sexual situations, language and adult content. For Mature audiences 18+.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches will play Mar. 3 – 19, 2023. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $35.00. Seniors receive a $5.00 discount on all Thursday performances. Group, Active Duty and Veteran discounts are available. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3 or by visiting fhtaz.org. Box Office Hours are 10:00AM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information not contained in this press release, please call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director, Peter J. Hill at (480) 837-9661 EXT. 7.
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Scottsdale Arts to hold The ARTrageous Gala: Bloom at newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center
Quixotic performs during Scottsdale Arts’ The ARTrageous Gala in 2022. The performance group will return to The ARTrageous Gala: Bloom this year. Photo: Chris Loomis
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale Arts will bring its annual ARTrageous Gala back to the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center on April 1 for an outdoor celebration centered on a theme of “Bloom.”
The gala, blooming with radiant living art experiences and fantastical creations, is designed to be an ultra-sensory evening that will reignite the attendees’ passions for the arts.
“With the completion of the Scottsdale Civic Center campus and its new outdoor stages, we will have one of the most spectacular backdrops for a magnificent night under the stars,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts. “Our outdoor campus will provide a setting unlike any other.”
Wuestemann noted that over the past four years, Scottsdale Arts has reinvented its gala to become more engaging, glamorous and forward-thinking. During the pandemic, the nonprofit arts organization shifted its traditional gala date from winter to spring, with an eye on a potential outdoor event like this year’s The ARTrageous Gala: Bloom.
The transformation began with last year’s Luminescence gala, a cirque-style experience unlike any other in the Valley, thanks to entertainment throughout the night by the performance art collective Quixotic. This year’s gala will again feature performances by Quixotic.
“Quixotic is very excited to come back to Arizona to work with the Scottsdale Arts organization and team,” said Mica Thomas, executive producer of Quixotic. “We love this partnership that supports our group in exploring new creative collaborations. We are looking forward to the next adventure.”
Festivities throughout the evening include a red-carpet arrival, living art activations, silent and live auctions, a delicious coursed meal, dessert bar and performances by Quixotic and the Valley’s own Walter Productions.
Honorees and awardees include the Lifetime Award in Service to Oskar Knoblauch, a local Holocaust survivor who has worked with Scottsdale Arts on a number of educational arts initiatives; the Corporate Trailblazer Award to SRP, a valued partner for Scottsdale Arts events like Canal Convergence; and the Herberger Award for the Arts to Dorothy Lincoln Smith, a longtime supporter of the arts and committee member for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
For information about attending The ARTrageous Gala: Bloom or donating, visit ScottsdaleArts.org/artrageous-gala.
Scottsdale Arts would like to thank the following gala sponsors and partners: Billie Jo Herberger; Pride Guide Arizona; SOAR Foundation; S|T|O|R|E Capital; Harvard Investments, Inc.; Nationwide; SRP; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Lincoln Property Company; BMO; Northern Trust; Nelson Art; Dollar Radio Rentals; Rhonda & Gary Anderson; Merle & Steve Rosskam; So Scottsdale!; Quixotic; and Walter Productions. ________________________________________________________________________________
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Human Rights Campaign on End of Mpox Public Health Emergency Declaration: “Today We Enter a New Phase in a Continuing Fight”
As Mpox Public Health Emergency Declaration Ends, HRC Looks Ahead to Next Phase: Vaccinations, Prevention, and Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations
WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization – marked the end of the Mpox Public Health Emergency, lauding the incredible efforts by the LGBTQ+ community to remain healthy while noting that Mpox continues to have disproportionately severe impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and individuals living with HIV.
“Today, we enter the next phase in the continuing fight to end Mpox and maintain the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Make no mistake, Mpox is still with us – and much the same with other health issues, it disproportionately impacts Black and Brown LGBTQ+ community members. We will work tirelessly to make sure as many people as possible remain healthy,” said Kelley Robinson, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “We urge members of the LGBTQ+ community to speak with their doctor about their options regarding vaccination, which has been proven to be safe and effective in preventing Mpox. This emergency declaration has ended, in no small part because of action from community leaders and organizations in partnership with the Biden-Harris administration and other federal, state, and local agencies. But the work is just beginning.”
HRC has taken an active role in the fight against Mpox as a natural extension of its pre-existing work to address health inequities within the LGBTQ+ community, immediately building a resource page to help educate people about Mpox. In September, as the virus was increasing in prevalence, HRC joined with a host of other advocacy organizations to ask Congress for $4.5 billion to combat Mpox, putting a stake in the ground as to the importance of fighting against the outbreak. It made a further ask for $900 million to combat the outbreak in December, calling for funding to restore the vaccine stockpile, expand cities’ testing capacity, and expand community-based organizations’ ability to connect individuals with care. Throughout the public health emergency, HRC has partnered with community-based organizations like the Valley AIDS Council in Texas to connect LGBTQ+ people, particularly Black and Latinx gay, bisexual, and other same-gender-loving men, with clinicians and host vaccine drives, increasing vaccine equity in the communities that were impacted most.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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HISTORIC VICTORY: The Respect for Marriage Act is Law
With President Biden’s Signature, the Bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act Becomes Biggest Legislative Win in the Fight for LGBTQ+ Equality in Over a Decade
WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — celebrated today as President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law. Arguably the biggest legislative win in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality since the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was repealed in 2010, this legislation will guarantee the federal rights, benefits and obligations of marriages in the federal code for same-sex couples; repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and affirm that public acts, records and proceedings should be recognized by all states. It also codifies the same rights for interracial couples.
The legislation garnered 51 House and Senate Republican votes, the most of any LGBTQ+ pro-equality legislation in history and did so in the most politically polarized Congress to ever exist. These 51 votes demonstrate beyond a doubt that support for same-sex marriage and causes of LGBTQ+ equality bridge even the deepest entrenched ideological divides in America.
HRC worked tirelessly to engage our members and supporters in favor of this legislation, mobilizing 242 major businesses with over 8.5 million employees, a grassroots army of more than 3 million members, supporters and volunteers, and the nation’s 62 million “Equality Voters” to pass the Respect for Marriage Act. HRC supporters made more than 30,000 calls, sent over 76,000 emails, and wrote more than 58,000 letters to Congressional offices in support of the RMA. To read personal stories of why marriage equality is important to LGBTQ+ couples across the country, click here, and to watch a video featuring a D.C.-based couple, click here.
More Than Two-Thirds of People Support Marriage Equality
According to Gallup, 71% of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples. 55% of Republicans support same-sex marriage, along with 83% of Democrats and 73% of Independents. According to recent polling from HRC, 64% of people living in battleground states – AZ, CA, GA, MI, NV, PA, WI, FL, NH, NC, OH, TX, CO, and ME – support marriage equality, demonstrating the issue’s popularity even in politically divided states. The latest survey from PRRI this year found that support for marriage equality has increased by 14 percentage points since 2014 (54%). Today, majorities of most religious groups favor marriage equality. White evangelical Protestants (35%) and Latter-day Saints (46%) remain the only major religious groups with less than majority support for marriage equality. According to the last Census, about 58% (568,000) of couples in the nation’s 980,000 same-sex households were married and about 42% were unmarried partners.
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.
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