Striving for inclusiveness: Arizona’s continued mission to protect our LGBTQ+ community

BY: - February 20, 2024

Before founding Brick Road Coffee, I longed to see a space in my community that serves as a haven for overlooked individuals. With that in mind, I took a leap of faith and invested in my dream of owning a local coffee shop. Since its foundation, Brick Road Coffee has remained centered around love, acceptance, […]

Critics say AZ ‘Women’s Bill of Rights’ puts transgender women at risk

BY: - February 14, 2024

GOP lawmakers are continuing to advance anti-trans proposals under the guise of protecting women and minors despite the threat of a veto from Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.  On Tuesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee gave the greenlight to two measures that LGBTQ advocates say only serve to erase trans Arizonans and villainize their […]

GOP bid to ‘protect’ cis women would scrap all legal protections for trans Arizonans

BY: - February 7, 2024

In a bid to keep transgender women off of girl’s sports teams and out of public restrooms, Arizona Republicans are pushing to insert a narrow and inflexible definition of biological sex into state law that would effectively eliminate all legal recognition of transgender people.  The proposal would remove any reference to gender in Arizona’s laws […]

The latest GOP anti-trans strategy: Requiring ‘detransition’ services

BY: - February 2, 2024

Arizona Republicans want hospitals and doctors to either provide or pay for the treatment of people who received gender-transitioning procedures and later regretted it, but LGBTQ advocates say the move is nothing more than an effort to further villainize trans health care.  The legislation would mandate that any health care institution or doctor who provides […]

In West Mesa, a legislator reaches across the aisle, while challenging gender norms

BY: - December 4, 2023

When a West Mesa woman opened her front door to Rep. Lorena Austin last year, she immediately told the Democratic state legislator that her son would not want to talk. Austin was canvassing the district, one that has historically been a Republican stronghold, and was hoping to connect with the woman’s son because he was […]

Arizona health officials and trans minors spar over sex markers on birth certificates

BY: - November 24, 2023

The first time Abigail Jensen was pulled over after correcting the sex identifier on her driver’s license, she felt a wave of relief and confidence in her safety.  “(I) showed him my driver’s license and everything was fine. There were no problems,” she said.  That’s not always the case for transgender people, who face greater […]

Hate crimes in Arizona dip slightly in 2022, though data is incomplete

BY: - October 24, 2023

Data from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the FBI show that hate crimes in Arizona have gone down slightly since 2021, though Black people still are more likely to face a hate crime than any other group.  The Arizona Mirror analyzed data collected by the Arizona Department of Public safety and the FBI, […]

A teacher’s road to acceptance, and fighting back against hate

BY: - October 11, 2023

On July 13 of this year, River Chunnui decided to do something they had never thought about before: stand in public at a school board meeting and tell their side of the story.  “I just was terrified,” Chunnui said. “I was so scared.” For months, Chunnui, who is nonbinary and who uses they and them […]

Why did county attorney Rachel Mitchell appear at an anti-LGBTQ hate group’s event?

BY: - September 21, 2023

A Moms for Liberty event that took place in Mesa last week applauded state legislators who have actively promoted anti-LGBTQ+ policies. But the event also included Rachel Mitchell, the Maricopa County attorney, who has in the past remained silent on the debate waged by conservative lawmakers on LGBTQ+ rights in public schools. The full meeting […]

A group of far-right Christian lawmakers aims to merge church and state

BY: and - September 11, 2023

LYNCHBURG, Va. – In the harshly lit breakfast bar of a Fairfield Inn, a dozen men and women sit hunched over microwaved eggs and steaming cups of coffee.  The guests are a distinctive group: a collection of legislators and local government officials with one unifying purpose. Among them are an Arizona House member, a North Carolina […]

Survey: gender-affirming care bans hurt LGBTQ people, increase fears about personal safety

BY: - August 25, 2023

Bans on gender-affirming care, pushed by Republican politicians as necessary protections for trans youth, are making LGBTQ people feel less safe.  A national survey from the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, found that the proliferation of gender-affirming care bans negatively affects the mental and physical health of about 80% of trans […]

Schools chief says AZ schools shouldn’t let trans kids use their preferred bathroom

BY: - August 18, 2023

Arizona’s top education official is continuing to lash out at trans inclusive policies, issuing a statement advising public schools across the state to keep school facilities, like bathrooms and locker rooms, separated by biological sex. “The Arizona Department of Education strongly advises that schools not initiate a policy that allows biological boys to use restrooms, […]