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Welcome to the Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale Forum!
Welcome to the Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale Forum!
Greater Phoenix’s fusion of natural splendor and metropolitan verve sets it apart from a lot of big cities — and everyone is invited to experience it. As you explore the city’s urban core, you’ll discover a strong LGBTQ+ community that’s integrated throughout the area’s businesses, spaces, events and entertainment.
For the seventh consecutive year, Phoenix earned a score of 100 — the highest score possible — on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard.
Join us for Phoenix’s nationally-recognized annual LGBTQ+ events, including the Phoenix Pride Festival and the Rainbows Festival.
During the day in Phoenix, choose from outdoor activities, luxurious spa treatments, shopping at local boutiques or exploring the arts and culture of the Southwest.
At night, the city comes alive with vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife. The Melrose District on Seventh Avenue is a hub for LGBTQ+ businesses and clubs such as the popular Charlie’s. Check out this LGBTQ+ nightlife guide from Echo Magazine to find more of the best places to dance and drink.
For more information on LGBTQ+ events and culture, visit the Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Pride.
TEMPE DEMONSTRATES ITS PRIDE
Since 1999, the City of Tempe has been offering benefits for Domestic Partners of City employees. Throughout the years, many milestones have been achieved. Below are some of the ways Tempe celebrates and is celebrated for it’s progressive and welcoming culture.
The City of Tempe earned a perfect score of 100 in 2014 through 2019 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
In January 2016, Pride Guides awarded the Tempe Tourism Office the “Pride Guide® USA Founding Partner Award.” Our organization has had a long-standing relationship with Pride Guides through advertising and joint partnerships.
Tempe City Council unanimously approved an anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it unlawful to discriminate against residents and visitors on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, US Military veteran status, race, color, national origin, age, religion, and disability. The City of Tempe bans discrimination in housing, employment, and accommodations at restaurants and hotels.
Tempe voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the City Charter that prohibits discrimination or favor for city positions on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, political affiliation, and the United States military veteran status, except as such favor may be authorized by law. Protections apply to employment at the city and at businesses in Tempe, as well as to contracts, housing, public places, and appointments to city Boards and Commissions.
In January 2017, the City of Tempe augmented its health plan to cover specific benefits for employees and their dependents who are transgender. The change covers medical and psychological services as well as gender confirmation surgery.
Major events take place annually in Tempe and the surrounding area including the Arizona Gay Rodeo, AIDS Walk Arizona, Pride Run Phoenix, and Phoenix Pride.
Tempe’s central location makes it easy for the LGBTQ+ community to explore all of Arizona and other parts of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Most of the area’s popular LGBTQ+ nightlife is within a 20-minute drive of Tempe.
- Tempe, Arizona: Named Top 20 Cities for LGBTQ Retirement in 2019 by SeniorAdvice
- Tempe, Arizona: Nominees for Hidden Gem the Best of Gay Cities 2019
- Tempe Arizona: Given a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Annual Municipal Equality Index
Bordering Phoenix to the east, Scottsdale has over 230,000 residents and is home to some of the finest residential living as well as recreational activities in the Valley.
Established by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, Scottsdale has, since its beginning, been a haven for cowboys as well as the social elite. Many of the original settlers of Scottsdale, recruited by Scott from the east coast, were well-educated and had a great appreciation for cultural events.
In 1937, Frank Loyd Wright purchased 600 acres of Sonoran Desert land and built Taliesin West, his winter home and architectural firm/school’s southwestern headquarters. In the 1940s, Scottsdale adopted the slogan, “The West’s Most Western Town”. Throughout the 1950s greatly under the guidance of Del Webb, Scottsdale became an upscale getaway, with luxury resorts attracting movie stars and prominent public figures.
Today, Scottsdale still promotes its western heritage as made visible throughout its western-themed Old Town district. It has also become an upscale destination for shopping. Many of the world’s most recognizable luxury brands have found a home at Scottsdale Fashion Square Shopping Center. And Scottsdale remains a popular vacation destination with it many chic hotels and resorts. Scottsdale also has a thriving arts community, with over 125 art galleries, as well as museums and performing art centers. Scottsdale’s nightlife attracts people from all over with its she-she-la-la Valley hot spots.
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