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04/19/2007


Gay Singer-Songwriter Eric Himan Has a Soulful Message for Bigoted Arizona Lawmakers: VIDEO

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Gay singer-songwriter Eric Himan was traveling to Phoenix to play a show when lawmakers passed SB1062, the bill allowing businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs?

In a fit of inspiration, he says he wrote "Not Going Anywhere Tonight" and shot this impromptu video for the project.

Said Himan, who will be touring this spring with fellow singer/songwriter/activists Ani DiFranco and Leon Russell this spring: “I couldn't take it. I had to write this song and put it out there.”

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Towleroad readers may remember Himan's previous video "Red Hot Tears".

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Phoenix and Tucson Stage Major Protests Against Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

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Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

CNN's AC360 led off their show live from the protests in Phoenix.

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Governor Jan Brewer must decide whether to sign or veto the legislation early next week.

The Republic reports:

The governor, who is attending a conference of national governors in the nation’s capital, rarely comments on bills before they reach her desk.

She spoke with CNN on Friday: “Well, it’s a very controversial piece of legislation. We know that. We know that it’s failed in a lot of states across the country. ... I’ve been reading about it on the Internet and I will make my decision some time before ... by next Friday ... if I do decide to sign it. But it’s very controversial, so I’ve got to get my hands around it.”

The governor has five days to decide on the bill so it's likely she'll need to deal with it before Friday as she says.

FYI you can call Brewer now  at (602) 542-4331 or (520) 628-6580 and urge her to veto the bill.

Suggested script: Hi, my name is __________ and I live in _____________. I’m calling to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB1062. Arizonans believe in freedom for all -- and that includes our gay and lesbian neighbors. Please reject this harmful legislation.

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Cindy McCain to Appear in Phoenix Production of Dustin Lance Black's Play About the Prop. 8 Trial

Cindy McCAin is set to appear in a Phoenix production of 8, Dustin Lance Black's play dramatizing California's Proposition 8 trial produced by the Arizona Theatre Co. and former Tempe mayor Neil Giuliano, Phoenix Business Journal reports:

MccainNicole Stanton — the wife of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and an attorney at the commercial law firm Quarles & Brady LLP — is also scheduled to appear in the play on May 7, along with well-known attorney Grant Woods, media personality Pat McMahon and Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot. Simplot is also CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association real estate group.

Neither McCain’s Senate office nor Hensley responded to requests for comment. The Republican senator has said in the past that he and his wife, as well as his outspoken daughter Meghan McCain, have differing views on gay marriage. Cindy and Meghan McCain appeared in “No on Prop. 8” advertisements in 2008.

McCain and Stanton are going to play Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandra Stier.


Phoenix, Arizona City Council Approves Broad LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 5-3 Vote: VIDEO

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In what is being called one of the most contentious City Council meetings the city has ever had, Phoenix, Arizona, the sixth most populous city in the nation, last night passed broad laws barring discrimination against LGBT residents, the Arizona Republic reports:

Gay-rights advocates said the move was a long time coming. They said Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in the country, is playing “catch-up” with at least 166 other U.S. cities and counties that have adopted similar laws.

An estimated 500 people packed the Orpheum Theatre, and dozens of people spoke on both sides of the issue. Many supporters wore “yes” stickers and rainbow pins.

The paper adds:

Mayor Greg Stanton fast-tracked the reforms, which ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression — those who identify as a different sex than they were born as.

The changes approved Tuesday would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants and hotels. Businesses and individuals that don’t comply could be criminally prosecuted and face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $2,500 fine.

Phoenix currently offers few such safeguards for gay people but bans discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age and marital status.

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Go-Go Dancer Helps Subdue Ax-Wielding Man In Gay Club

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It happened at the Oz bar in Phoenix a week ago and thankfully no one was hurt. Watch a news clip about the episode, AFTER THE JUMP.

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The New Phoenix Single, 'Entertainment': VIDEO

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The France-based alt-rock electronic band released its first single from its new album Bankrupt, with a blazing white lyric video on Sunday.

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