Perkins Coie Stands with Phoenix’s LGBT Community Through UNITY Pledge

Perkins_Coie_Logo.jpg                                                                                                    Perkins Coie is proud to announce that the firm has endorsed and signed ONE Community’s UNITY Pledge to support the advancement of LGBT equality in Arizona and nationwide.

ONE Community is a coalition of Arizona businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to supporting diversity, inclusion and equality throughout the state. The UNITY Pledge was created to promote non-discriminatory policies and equality in the workplace for the LGBT community, along with equal treatment in housing and public accommodations. 

“Diversity in the workplace is a core value of Perkins Coie,” said Shane Swindle, Phoenix Office Managing Partner. “Our commitment in supporting the ONE Community UNITY Pledge underscores our advocacy and dedication to workplace equality for our LGBT employees and to the larger LGBT community throughout the state.”

Perkins Coie’s UNITY Pledge is the latest example of a firmwide commitment to diversity and LGBT acceptance in the workplace. For the ninth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has given the firm the top rating of 100 percent in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index and recognized the firm as one of the Best Places to Work. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality and its ratings are based on the corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Most recently, Perkins Coie became one of the first law firms to publicly support the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113, which aims to promote diversity in the legal profession by expanding and creating opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys.

 

 

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#StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil

SafetyPinNation-Logo(Black).pngThe #StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil is a peaceful vigil that is the kick-off event for Safety Pin Nation™ Movement in Arizona. The event will take place on the east side of Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ ((1202 N. 3rd St.) near the Phoenix Center for the Arts) on January 20th from 7pm to 9pm. We have permission from the park manager to hold this public assembly on the east side of the park. We are working with the Phoenix PD to help with parking and safety. This Peace Vigil is a way for like-minded individuals to gather together in solidarity, sing songs of peace and healing and share plans of positive community-based action. This is not a march.  This event is not taking place at the capitol and is not affiliated with other events happening at the capitol on the same day. We will not have guest speakers on this inaugural event, instead, we will all be one collective voice in song. 

You can RSVP for the Vigil here.

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Thank you to all who served

As a veteran, on this day set aside to honor those who served, I am deeply humbled and thankful for all those who served before me, alongside me, and after me.  Your service to this country is a debt we can never repay.

But this year is also different, especially for transgender veterans like myself.  Because this year, thanks to new policies in the military that allow transgender individuals to serve openly, we are truly celebrating all veterans for the first time.

I enlisted in the Army in 1975 and served as a paratrooper and radio and communications specialist with the rank of sergeant. I have served my country in Germany, England, and Norway, and in 1990 I was medically retired with an honorable discharge.

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Arizona State Fair signs UNITY Pledge and announces first in the nation promotion

(Phoenix, AZ) – This month, the Arizona State Fair signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people.  They join over 2,000 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Fry’s Food Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona.  

In addition to signing the UNITY Pledge, the State Fair and ONE Community Foundation have partnered for a first in the nation promotion to show support for the LGBT community.  Each Wednesday of the State Fair – October 12th, October 19th, and October 26th – the first 1000 people to sign the UNITY Pledge or present proof of signing will be granted free admission and a limited edition #OpenAZ t-shirt courtesy of PetSmart.  After the first 1000, all other UNITY Pledge signers will be granted admission for $1.  The pledge can be signed at www.OpenAZ.co and a receipt will be provided.  The promotion begins on October 1st. The ONE Community Foundation will be present at the State Fair’s north entrance to collect UNITY Pledge signatures and process admissions.

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Care1st Health Plan Arizona Signs Pledge in Support of Equality

This month, Care1st Health Plan Arizona signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people. Care1st joins over 2,000 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona. 

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KPMG signs pledge in support of equality

This month, KPMG LLP, a professional service firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services, signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people.   KPMG LLP joins nearly 2,000 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona. 

KPMG International’s member firms employ more than 174,000 professionals in 155 countries, including 9,000 partners. KPMG LLP, the U.S. firm, employs more than 29,000 professionals, including more than 1,900 partners.

“KPMG is proud to foster a high-performance culture, one that’s defined by having the best people, with the skills and determination to deliver above and beyond,” said Lisa Daniels, Phoenix Office Managing Partner. “We know that our ability to successfully sustain a high-performance culture also requires that our people be as diverse as the clients we serve, and the communities in which we live and work,” concluded Lisa Daniels, Phoenix Office Managing Partner.  

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Intel Signs Unity Pledge

Intel Signs Unity Pledge

UNITY Pledge supports equality in the workplace, housing and public accommodations for all Arizonans

(Phoenix, AZ) – This month, Intel signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people.   Intel joins over 1,900 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Frys Food & Drug Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona. 

Currently, five municipalities have ordinances that ban discrimination; however, Arizona has no statewide laws that protect gay and transgender individuals from being fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discriminated against in housing and public accommodations.

 

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Phoenix start-up Tuft & Needle signs pledge in support of equality

This month, Phoenix-based start-up Tuft & Needle signed the UNITY Pledge in support of fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations for all Arizonans, including gay and transgender people. Tuft & Needle joins over 1,900 businesses and organizations including GoDaddy, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, Yelp, Uber, Professional Firefighters of Arizona, PetSmart, and Coca-Cola in supporting a fully inclusive Arizona.  



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Ride for Equality

Did you know that in Arizona you can still be fired, denied housing, or refused service simply for being gay or transgender?

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, ONE Community and Uber teamed up for the Ride for Equality to raise awareness and hear from everyday Arizonans why equal protections matter.

Click below to see what they had to say. 

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Love Your Children As They Are

IMG_5136.jpgFather’s Day stories are usually told from the child’s perspective, but this one is a little different.  It’s about my journey as a father of faith and LGBT twins, and the importance of accepting, loving and learning from our children.  After the tragic events in Orlando, I feel that it is more important now than ever to share our family’s story. 

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