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xposted no on prop 102 rally TONIGHT! [Oct. 29th, 2008|07:20 am]


NO on prop 102 Rally TONIGHT!!

We have just confirmed that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and District 4 Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot will be speaking at the event. They have a previous commitment at 6 p.m. so if you want to be there to listen to their encouraging words please arrive before 5:30 pm. Other special speakers will include Equality Arizona Executive Director Barbara McCullough-Jones, activist and former Arizona congressional candidate for District 3 Annie Loyd, Seven Straight Nights coordinator Susan
Hurley, Body Positive founder Kirk Baxter and allies from the faith community.

See you all there!

When: This Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 | 5:30 7:30 pm
Where: SW Corner of Central Ave. and Camelback Rd.

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Transgender Voices Cometh [Sep. 3rd, 2008|11:20 am]


240Transgender Voices – Beyond Men and Women

An enlightening discussion, lead by Lori Girshick

Join us September 21st at 3 PM

1 Voice Community Center/Alternatives Health and Wellness

4314 N. 7th Avenue (In the Melrose Center near 7th Ave and Indian School)

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Voluntary donations accepted at the door for This Is How.

In her extraordinary book, based on 150 in-depth interviews, Lori B. Girshick, a sociologist and social justice activist, brings together the voices of sex- and gender-diverse people who speak with absolute candor about their lives. Girshick offers readers transpeople speaking in their own voices about identity, coming out, passing, sexual orientation, relationship negotiations and the dynamics of attraction, homophobia, and bullying. She exposes how the gender binary (man OR woman) as an organizing framework does not work for people, how “gender police” attempt to exert control, and how an individual’s sense of their own gender should be their own to decide.

Lori B. Girshick is a sociologist and community activist. Her work focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, specifically gender identity, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She is the author of four books, including Woman-to-Woman Sexual Violence: Does She Call it Rape?, the first book to focus on this topic. She has published numerous articles on LGBT domestic and sexual violence. She is the former coordinator of the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project in Tucson, AZ. She wrote the books No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison and Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out. Her most recent book is Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men, a work based on interviews with 150 transgender people. Currently she teaches sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, AZ.

Afterwards stick around to socialize in the Alternatives Coffee Lounge. Who knows, we may have a surprise performer there to entertain you!

Sponsered by:

Alternatives Health and Wellness/1VCC
AZ Trans Alliance
Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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Fundraiser this SUNDAY for Bill Holt Clinic (HIV/AIDS treatment for Children) [Aug. 26th, 2008|12:11 pm]

Don't forget, this Sunday is Red Hot Salvation, the biggest party the Sisters have thrown yet and the proceeds go to the Bill Holt Clinic for children with HIV/AIDS.
For more information on the Bill Holt Clinic see below, and for more info on the event, go to azsisters.org. You can buy your tickets in advance from there online, and bring your cash for raffle tickets because there are some amazing baskets being put together for the raffle portion of the fundraiser. I wish I could remember some of the many prizes we've had donated, but I'm still burnt out from the move.

So I hope to see you there in your best red frock....no matter what your gender! (and for the men who just can't concieve of wearing a red dress no matter what the cause, put on a red thong, a red robe, a red toga, or something else in the spirit of the red dress, and tell them Sister Mischif sent ya!

Don't have the perfect red dress or time to shop for one? Don't worry, one of our visiting Sisters from around the world (even coming from France) will be in the Sister's dress barn to sell ya one at the door. It IS a fundraiser after all ;) 

The Grand Canyon Sisters are honored to be dedicating the proceeds of Red Hot Salvation to the Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic in the state of Arizona, providing comprehensive care for children and adolescents exposed to or infected with HIV.

The clinic, founded in 1994, is a multidisciplinary program providing family-centered care. A team of specialists works together at the visits to provide specialized medical care, nutritional support, child life services, and psychosocial support. The team works together with families to maximize the health of children/adolescents affected by or infected with HIV. The clinic provides testing of exposed infants, children, and adolescents. The clinic offers support groups with fun activities and education for children and teens, and encourages parents to attend in a separate group to share concerns and experiences.

Summer camp activities are available at Camp Honor and Camp Incredible, which are also attended by clinic staff, to provide medical support and interact with patients in a fun environment.

Perinatal consultations are available for pregnant mothers with HIV to answer questions about the upcoming delivery, specialized care for the baby and to ensure seamless care.

The clinic has been involved in research as a former PACTG sub-site with the University of San Diego, with clinical trials along with Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS as well as other projects.

For more information on the Bill Holt Clinic, please visit their website at
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Unpacking Daisies [Aug. 23rd, 2008|08:03 pm]

Hi, I'm Josh. I have one last month in Milwaukee before relocating to Phoenix in late September for no particular reason really. Looking for tips, info, would be friends, what have you. Drop me a note and tell me where to live, where to dance, where to find a cheap vodka gimlet at two in the afternoon, or anything in between.
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Disneyland [Aug. 20th, 2008|05:11 pm]

For those of you going to Gay Days this year at Disneyland (Oct. 4-5), the schedule of events has been posted on the website.

Find it here

Find discounted Disneyland tickets for this event here.

Thanks and hope to see you there!
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AIDS Walk Fundraiser - BIG Hat BINGO - Tonight and every Monday of August! [Aug. 4th, 2008|02:12 pm]

[Current Location |Phoenix, AZ]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

8-10 PM TONIGHT and every Monday at Icepics Video Bar on 31st and McDowell near the Red Devil. WOOHOO! Come meet someone from AIDS Walk, wear your BIG HATS for drink specials, and of course wear your red if you've got it.

Hope to see you there!
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Right to Marry - Arizona [Jul. 15th, 2008|10:58 am]

The Right to Marry campaign is an ongoing youth-led initiative to achieve marriage equality in the United States. In the past two years, most of our effort focused on New York State. This summer we are excited to expand our mission to Arizona, the first state to defeat a constitutional anti-marriage amendment. It returns on the ballot this November as Senator John McCain makes his run for the office of the President. It’s a great time to engage with Arizonans on issues of fairness for all Americans!

The Journey Team will walk 96 symbolic miles throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area – 96 is the number of years Arizona has been a state without equal protection for its LGBT citizens. They will stop at city halls to share their stories.

The Dialogue Team will bring the conversation of civics, faith, and equality to three important local communities: senior active adult complexes, Latter Day Saints congregations and state legislator offices.

We are looking for participants of all ages, faiths (and non-faith), sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, abilities, educational and class backgrounds.

Go to www.righttomarry.org to learn more, apply, get involved & support!
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LGBTQ Tucson / Tempe? [Jun. 20th, 2008|07:15 pm]

[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]

Hello everyone,

I am a rising undergrad senior who is looking into applying for Ph.D programs in the fall. I want to do Women's Studies / Gender Studies with the goal of becoming a college professor, and I've realized through my research that the University of Arizona as well as Arizona State both have some of the best programs in the country.

What I want to know is, with Arizona being a red state overall and all that, how liberal is Tucson and/or Tempe, depending on which area[s] you're familiar with, and more specifically / to the point, how is the LGBTQ community? Is the surrounding area very homophobic / hostile? I know that society at large is, but as a Californian who attends college in western Massachusetts and who also is a lesbian with a fiancee who is a huge part of my life [obviously], I really want to know what I'm getting myself into before I move to Arizona with her. Any input you could give me, even if it's anecdotal, would be *greatly* appreciated. I'm also going to post this to a few other communities [The University of Arizona community, an ASU one, a Tucson one, a Phoenix one, etc.].

Thanks so much in advance for your time!
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Drag kings? [Mar. 14th, 2008|12:01 pm]
Are there any drag king groups that perform in Phoenix? I miss my kings from Tucson..
[Drag kings are women dressed up as men, just in case you didn't know. Now you do!]
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Looking for advice on Tuesday nights [Dec. 4th, 2007|02:17 pm]

I'm in town just for tonight and my dinner meeting was canceled at the last minute. Can anyone recommend the best place for a lesbian to hang out and have a beer? I have a friend from Minneapolis who used to work at Friends, and he suggested I stop in there to ask them, but if I can save myself the trip and just go straight (haha) to the venue that most matches what I'm looking for, I'd prefer that.

Thanks in advance!!!

EDIT: I meant, Tuesday, not Wednesday. Post changed! :)
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