Phoenix Earns a Perfect Score on LGBT Equality From Human Rights Campaign

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The City of Phoenix earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's measure of how inclusive city governments are of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Phoenix is one of just 25 cities nationwide that earned a perfect score, of a few hundred surveyed, and one of just eight cities to earn a perfect score in states with laws that restrict cities from being more inclusive of LGBT people.

The Human Rights Campaign took into account a variety of things, including a city's non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, city benefits (for people employed by the city), municipal services, law enforcement, and city leadership's position on LGBT equality.

Looking at the criteria used to score the cities, Phoenix's perfect score is no mistake.

Just earlier this year, Mayor Greg Stanton pushed for an ordinance to ban discrimination in public accommodations. Despite a thorough freak-out campaign organized by the state's Religious Right, the ordinance was passed.

Stanton's wife Nicole has also been pushing expanded anti-bullying efforts, which are also recognized in the Human Rights Campaign's scorecard (and, were also opposed by the state's Religious Right).

In a statement from the City, Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela says, "We should accept nothing less than a perfect score when it comes to equality for all. Fostering a spirit of inclusiveness in our city is the right thing to do for our residents and for our economy - this is the kind of progress that will serve us well today and drive us toward a bright future."

The statement says leaders from the Human Rights Campaign will travel here for an event and press conference next week to "recognize Phoenix's progress."

From Stanton's Twitter:

Seven other Arizona cities were rated by the Human Rights Campaign, as Tucson scored a 90, Tempe scored a 72, and the others were all below 50.

Mesa scored a 41, Gilbert scored a 33, Scottsdale scored a 23, Chandler scored a 22, and Glendale limps behind with a score of just 13.

Phoenix's specific scorecard can be seen on the next page:

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yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

no mention of the pedophile Phoenix hired to promote their anti bullying campaign...



Come on folks, use a little common sense about the "pedophile" who had the anti bullying campaign. The kid was 17 and his "victim" was 14. 

How many of you were sexually active before you turned 18? were your partners the same age as, or younger than, you? If you answered both these questions with a yes, then congratulations, you are a pedophile. (actually, you are a pedarest)

I'm not saying that whatever happened between them was consensual and maybe it does fall into the sex crime category, but there hasn't been enough info released yet to judge that. I'm just saying that people are too quick to apply labels in this case.

valleynative topcommenter


There is no statistical correlation between sexual orientation and pedophilia.

A small percentage of straights are pedophiles and a small percentage of gays are pedophiles.   Only an idiot hears about a gay pedophile and says "I'm not surprised".

yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

a17 year old having sex with someone under the age of fifteen qualifies them as a child molester. for all the blustering about the 400+ sex crimes mishandled by the SO, there seems to be a great deal of empathy and latitude being given on this particular case. I wonder how many of those cases in el mirage would garner the same latitude should the information be made public...

yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

I'm not surprised that a victim of molestation becomes a child molester. I agreewith your comments 100%.I am not afraid to make negative comments towards a pedophile simply because they are gay as I have the same distain for straight pedophiles

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2  yep, yep. pedophilia is the worst crime. doesnt matter if they are gay, straight, black, white, male or female.................pedophiles get my full hatred

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