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Sen. John Kavanagh says doing away with legal penalties enables parents to fight for their rights as schools have 'unlimited resources', while opponents of the bill argue penalties exist to dissuade frivolous lawsuits.

Parents who decide to sue teachers for lessons they perceive as violating their parental rights wouldn’t have to pay up if their lawsuit fails under a Republican-backed proposal that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Read more»

Studies show that gender-affirming care — which may include pronoun use consistent with the gender the person identifies with — a sense of belonging at school and acceptance from adults contributes to lower rates of suicide risk. 

Arizona legislators are beginning to file bill proposals for the upcoming legislative session and one of the first seeks to restrict the use of students’ preferred pronouns in schools.  Read more»

A new report by the Human Rights Campaign finds that Arizona has more LGBTQ voters than the national average, and that younger generations are turned off by anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

LGBTQ voters in Arizona outpace the national average and are projected to continue growing in strength as a key electorate through the next two decades, signaling an increasingly pro-equality outlook in a Republican-controlled state that just enacted several new anti-LGBTQ laws. Read more»

In at least seven states—Arizona, South Dakota, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Virginia—Republican lawmakers have filed legislation that would prohibit transgender girls from participating on sports teams for girls and women in high school and college. Read more»

The city of Tucson earned top marks from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, in an assessment of equality in city policies, laws and services released Thursday. Read more»

Since January, there have been a record 97 new laws limiting abortion enacted in 19 states.

There are currently 23 statehouses where the GOP hold the governorship and both houses in the legislature, a “trifecta,” and these are where most of the conservative social issue legislation, including abortion, transgender and critical race theory laws, have been written this year. Read more»

Marchers hoist a rainbow flag in this file photo from a 2017 Equality March in Washington. The House Thursday approved a measure that would add sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy to list of people protected under civil rights laws.

The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups “the full equality under the law they deserve,” and a measure critics say will trample on religious freedom and individual rights. Read more»

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.

As millions of children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity. Read more»

Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history. The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets. Read more» 1

Brewer's office released a photograph of her signing the veto letter.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated." Read more» 4

Attorney General Eric Holder, here in a 2012 photo, said the Justice Department will treat legal same-sex marriages the same as any other marriage in cases handled by the agency, even if it is in a state – like Arizona – where such marriages are not recognized.

The Justice Department was ordered Monday to start treating legal same-sex marriages the same as any other marriage, regardless of whether the couple lives in a state – such as Arizona – that does not recognize such unions. Read more»

After adding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and disabled residents to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance in February, Phoenix earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. Read more» 1

GetEqual ENDA protest, 2010

House Speaker John Boehner announced his opposition to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with a statement from his spokesman saying the bill “will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.” But the facts suggest there’s not as much to these claims as Boehner lets on. Read more»

Alessandra Soler, the ACLU of Arizona’s executive director, addresses a news conference at which hers and other groups announced a public education campaign aiming to persuade Arizonans to support same-sex marriage.

Groups supporting same-sex marriage launched a campaign Tuesday aiming to help the public see why marriage matters to gays and lesbians. Read more»

State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said his bills address discrimination against members of Arizona's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in terms of marriage, employment and adoption.

Saying members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community deserve equal treatment under Arizona law, a Democratic lawmaker has introduced four bills addressing employment, adoption and marriage. Read more» 1

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