On this 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I was already pondering the place of the LBTGQ community in our society when the news broke of CNBC “outing” Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. It was a painful reminder that, despite significant gains in recent years, there is still a perception problem regarding people’s sexual orientation or self-identification.
When I was studying to be a rabbi, I spent several years doing volunteer service work in India, Thailand, El Salvador, Ghana, and many other countries. During that time, I heard many wrenching stories from women who had been the victims of violence. They told me they felt powerless, vulnerable, and scared. I pledged on each encounter that I would commit my life to giving voice to their cries. I prayed for an end to this epidemic and sought ways to take action to fulfill the Biblical mandate to pursue justice. Today, each and every one of us has an opportunity to do something tangible to help, and I urge you to join me.
Arizona made national news again, but it was not necessarily in a good way. My sister back in Indiana called me last week. She was watching the news and wanted to know what on Earth was happening in Arizona. When SB 1062 passed both chambers of the legislature, a friend from high school who connects with me via Facebook wrote, “Chalk up another one for religion.”
Few shifts in American customs and politics will ever equal the one launched a brief eight years ago by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community. Considering the alternative lifestyle population makes up less than 4 percent of our nation according to the Williams Institute, their success is even more remarkable.
I consider the Ahwatukee and Chandler areas that make up District 18 to be very fiscally conservative and not so much socially conservative, yet our legislators continually vote with what their money handlers from the Center for Arizona Policy and ALEC push their way.
Saying the legislation would be “unbelievably damaging” to the state, the head of a major economic development group is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation expanding the ability of businesses to use their religion to deny services.
I am not suggesting for a moment that my extended family is weirder than any one else’s. I am also not suggesting that we are any less weird. Chances are pretty good that we fit under that 68.4 percent normal distribution bulge in the bell curve of weirdness. When it comes to religion, we are all over the place.
When people think of Jewish film, their minds tend to jump right to two subjects: religion and the Holocaust. While the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival certainly embraces those subject matters, executive director Jerry Mittelman ensures that they make up only a slice of the wide spectrum of films the fest has to offer.
Jennifer Klingberg, a nurse and community liaison for Hospice of the Valley, is receiving a Spotlight on Success Award from ONE Community for her work in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Klingberg and 11 others will be honored Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown for their commitment to diversity.
For the Tea Party people who are vehemently against abortion: are they doing anything for the kids who are being born without their parents wanting the child other than yelling a lot about someone else’s rights? Adoption? Foster care? Anything?
Catholic Charities Community Services recently received a $5,000
grant from Cox Charities to help fund its DIGNITY Immersion Theatre
Experience. The Immersion will create greater awareness about
trafficking and the way its victims are forced to live.
The Mountain Pointe football program enters the 2014 season with a new standard for success after winning its first state championship.Produced by David JolkovskiNarrative by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Head Coach Norris VaughanBruce HesterPaul LucasCollin LambdinGarvin AlstonMusic: 1:13am by Soap and Foam