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Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott at a March 2022 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

"Every adult owes every child the right to feel protected and cherished. If we do anything less, we are harming these kids. We must show that we have learned from a painful past that 'otherizing' any child is dangerous, shameful and wrong." — Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott Read more»

There is a lot of misinformation about what it means to be transgender, and what it means for a family to have a transgender kid.

Some Arizona politicians have decided families with deep roots in the state are not welcome — simply because a family member is transgender. Read more»

The trans pride flag flying at the author’s home.

The right-wing war on transgender and gender non-conforming people has escalated to a new, very dangerous level. Last weekend at CPAC, Michael Knowles railed against transgender people, telling the crowd, “For the good of society, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely.” The people in attendance applauded as he smirked. Read more»

A drag performer at the 2011 Phoenix Pride Festival. Sen. Justine Wadsack (R-Tucson) has a bill that could imprison this performer for up to 10 years.

GOP's Wadsack says her bill to imprison Arizona drag performers is about protecting children from "grooming." But the people actually sexualizing children are those who can't stop thinking and talking about kids and sex. Read more»

Drag performer Barbra Seville

"I’m bothered by the constant ‘othering’ of people in my community. Frankly, they’re looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist," said performer Barbra Seville of Arizona GOP efforts to criminalize drag shows. Read more»

A change in how gifted students are placed could add diversity in TUSD's advanced classes.

The plan for Tucson schools is to use "local norms" to place students in GATE programs. It's grading on a district-wide curve to expand diversity in advanced classes. Plus, Flowing Wells voters may have another school override election in their future, and more in local gov't meetings this week. Read more»

For years, leading U.S. medical organizations have been outspoken in affirming the need for transgender-related health care.

Republican lawmakers in more than half the states are continuing a party-line push to restrict doctors and other medical providers from offering some gender-affirming health care to minors, even with parents’ consent. Read more»

School boards across the state are being forced to ban transgender girls from participating in high school sports with teams that match how they live their lives.

The unbeatable transgender athlete is not a thing. Trans athletes are in fact rare. What this law is about is telling GOP voters they should be afraid of the unfamiliar, and making sure transgender students are told they're the ones who are unfamiliar and don't belong. Read more»

"I wish I could tell Jim Kolbe how much he meant to me, how much he helped me, and how I will always hold dear that incredible period in Arizona and American political history. I think Jim knew what he meant to all of us." — Scott Kirtley Read more»

I’m extremely happy that Brittney Griner is coming home after spending the past eight months in a Russian prison for bringing vape cartridges containing less than a gram of cannabis oil into the fascist country. Vladimir Putin made Griner his political prisoner. Read more»

Kolbe in 2017.

Jim Kolbe, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served Tucson and Southern Arizona from 1985 to 2007, died Saturday at the age of 80. Read more»

A gunman entered a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub during a midnight drag show Saturday and killed five people and injured over a dozen others. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated or hate crimes. Read more»

In just a few moments, six people were killed and 19 others injured by a gunman who attacked an LBGTQ nightclub in Colorado on Saturday night. Halted by bystanders, the massacre is just one in a long string of recent mass shootings. Read more»

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with Tucson Pride this weekend.

Three days full of pride and fun activities will take place from Friday to Sunday this weekend in Tucson, as members of the LGBT community celebrate along with friends, family and allies. Read more»

DC Comics author Tee Franklin, the first Black woman to write "Harley Quinn," will discuss book "Bingo Love" during Saturday's virtual talk hosted by the Pima County Public Library's LGBTQ+ Services Committee. Read more»

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