Thursday, December 04, 2008

Think b4 you speak

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe. Homophobic remarks such as “that’s so gay” are the most commonly heard; these slurs are often unintentional and a common part of teens’ vernacular. Most do not recognize the consequences, but the casual use of this language often carries over into more overt harassment...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love

Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love
Nov. 10: In a Special Comment, Countdowns Keith Olbermann disagrees with the passing of Proposition 8 in California and urges people to accept love between people of the same sex.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Please do what you are able. Sponsor me at:

October 5, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The 4th Annual 1 Voice Gala “Elevate”

It’s almost here!
The 4th Annual 1 Voice Gala “Elevate” is fast approaching!
It will be here before you know it (Saturday night October 18th at 7pm) on the roof top terrace of the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix.
This year the Gala will have live entertainment including:
Fashion/dance shows (not to mention fire spinners)...
MC/entertainment: Comedian Julie Goldman from Logo TV off the “Big Gay Sketch Show”
A silent auction with wonderful items for you to purchase...
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well (of course)!
What could possibly be better... fashion, dance, and Julie Goldman! The event benefits a charity near and dear to my heart as you all know - 1 Voice Community Center – 1 Voice provides vital services including Wellness, educational, and social programs. We as an organization have been growing bigger and bigger with each passing year. We have experienced the most growth in the last year and a half doubling and in some cases tripling our programs, services and outreach (see for a complete list of programs/services). We have over 15 LGBT instructors teaching classes as well as over 20 LGBT groups/organizations using the center on a regular basis for meetings and programs (such as the HRC, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Maricopa County, and more...)
Many individuals have come to regard 1 Voice as a central hub and cultural focal point where they feel at home, safe, and feel they can grow within an environment that empowers them to be the best they can be within the community as a whole – gay and straight. This can be seen in areas such as Echo Magazine, where we were nominated by the community for an award as best social organization and also had 3 board members up for distinguished service awards... All these nominations are from the community which shows you the level of outreach we have been able to do and the level of need within the community – which we are very honored to receive.Our goal for the fund raising within this event is to have it help us hire a part time staff member to help run 1VCC and to expand our current space (as we have outgrown it – and I do mean literally).
What I am requesting from you:
I want you and your friends/family to purchase tickets to this event... This is a tough fund raising year for many organizations but 1VCC intends to meet its goals for this event with your help.
I am attaching host seat packages and I am hoping you can do one of the following:
Buy an entire package and become a “1 Voice Gala Host”.
Be the “1 Voice Gala Host” and obtain 5-10 other people to purchase tickets under your Name and host package.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to sponsor a worthy cause – donate as a Sponsor (packages included in the back of your packet) or buy tickets and give them out as employee gifts, to friends/relatives, etc....
Individual General Admission Tickets are $100 each

**Almost all of your donation is tax deductible – consult your accountant for further information (I will have your actual write-off available quite soon as well). ***Please read the ticket packages in the information attached carefully to understand ticket packages – ask me any questions at any time.
How to pay:
Send us a check
5025 N. Central Ave PO Box 518 Phoenix AZ 85012
**Make checks payable to “One Voice Community Center”
Purchase on line at
4th Annual One Voice Community Center Gala
Saturday, October 18th 2008
Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2008
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Rooftop Patio of the Wyndham Phoenix at 50 E. Adams Street , Phoenix , AZ 85004

About The Charity
Our Vision:
Help to create a strong community of LGBT individuals living without fear, shame or isolation.
Our Mission :
One Voice Community Center serves as a cultural focal point uniting LGBT

Individual General Admission Tickets are $100 each

Event Details
This year’s event marks the 4th Annual Gala for the One Voice Community Center and continues to shine as the Center’s signature fundraising event. Launching off the success of last year’s Gala, we are setting an ambitious goal of raising enough funds to expand existing space to accommodate the growth of existing and new programs and services at the 7th Avenue and Indian School location and provide the One Voice Community Center with part-time staffing.
This year the Gala will have live entertainment including:
Fashion/dance shows (not to mention fire spinners)...
MC/entertainment: Comedian Julie Goldman from Logo TV off the “Big Gay Sketch Show”
A silent auction with wonderful items for you to purchase...
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well (of course)!
What could possibly be better... fashion, dance, and Julie Goldman!
Thank you for all your support!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


MESA'S FIRST LGBT WINE BAR OPEN'S IN MESA RIVERVIEW!by: Mindi Perdue, Blame it on the Wine
Mesa's first LGBT wine bar is now open in Mesa Riverview. "Blame it on the Wine" is located behind the Bass Pro Shop off the 202 and Dobson. Check out our website for up and coming events and hours of operation at www.blameitonthewine.comLive music this Thursday from 6:30PM-9:30PM. Please come out and enjoy our contemporary comfortable atmosphere, drink great wines, while making new friends! [3/15/08]

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Study: Gay couples in Ariz. lack resources

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Monday, March 03, 2008

LCH in Children

Recently my daughter was diagnossed with LCH. Her test results came back clear today!

Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disorder that primarily affects children. The disease was first described in medical literature around the turn of the 20th century.
A histiocyte is a form of white blood cell. Its job...

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Board Member of 1VCC

I am proud to announce I am the new Secretary on the Board of the 1 Voice Community Center here in Arizona. February 18 was my first official Board Meeting. I am looking forward to doing a lot of work for our community giving what I can. I encourage you to visit the 1VCC Web site at
There are many opportunities to help in the community and give back.

About the Center
A strong community of LGBT individuals living without fear, shame or isolation.
One Voice Community Center serves as a cultural focal point uniting LGBT individuals and reinvests in the community by providing vital educational, social and wellness programs.
The purpose of 1 Voice Community Center is to enhance the development of existing LGBT organizations while filling in the program niches missing within the LGBT community. In addition, develop coalitions among the diverse LGBT organizations to more effectively research, education, outreach, plan, fund raise and more for the things that affect our community.

Horses and Dogs

I recently met the artist of a couple of my horse prints at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show. Walking in I saw something familiar. One of the vendors had horse prints (imagine that). The style was one with which I was familiar. It was the same style as the two Arabian Prints I have in my home that my parents bought from the Reno Arabian Horse show 24 years ago!

I was surprised at not only seeing the prints, but being able to the artist herself, Carol Ratafia! What a treat!

Of course, I had to get the print of the Corgi!

I am, therefore I ponder

Sometimes it is best to do something without thought of consequence. At those times, it is usually best it was done that way. Usually, however, much thought should go in to a decision or plan.
Sometimes we think too much :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quotes of the day

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. - Marilyn Monroe
Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them. - Rita Rudner

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AZ Central Web site lacks sports diversity

I recently emailed the AZCentral Web site on their lack of respect for the Phoenix Mercury and their place on the site:

This submission is regarding a comment about the site.
Explanation of comment or question:

I am dissappointed that you list the WNBA Phoenix Mercury under, "othersports" on this site. Certainly after the Mercury have won the Championship they are worthy of having their name along side of SUNS, Cardinals,
D-Backs, Coyotes etc.
Thank you.

Thanks for your comments. We'll share them with our sports management
Subject Regarding: a comment about the Web Site:

Borders vs. Barnes & Noble Part II

I will let you decide. Frankly, I continue to get my books at borders for the most part. That is if I do not use

From: Elizabeth
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 12:49 PM
To: Customer Service (Retail)
Subject: BN Retail
I am requesting your LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) section be upgraded and enhanced. I am always dissappointed when my husband wants/needs to come by one of your stores instead of Borders. I always enjoy the LGBT section, novels/mysteries. I prefer to go the Borders and drive an extra mile than go to your store nearer us. Where Borders has afloor to ceiling section on LGBT section and a seperate section under sexuality studies, your store as a couple of shelves that mix both andis rather a pathetic showing. I have made my thoughts known at your Val Vista and US 60 store in Mesa AZ. Until this is address in your store, Iwill continue to spend my many dollars at Borders on Southern and Alma School Rd.
Thank you,

From: Mary Ausman
To: Elizabeth
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 10:01:19 AM
Subject: Barnes & Noble
Dear Elizabeth,
Thank you for your email. As booksellers, one of our main goals is to make it as easy as possible for customers to find the books they are interested in. While we pride ourselves by making available any book in print, our stores operate within a finite space so we must make careful decisions about what books are physically shelved in our stores. When we open a new store in a community, we stock the shelves very broadly. As time goes by, and we receive feedback from our customers based on sales and orders, the selections in the store become tailored to the customer base in that individual area. Therefore, selections vary from store to store. As you know, books that are not in stock can be ordered and the customer has the option of picking the book up in the store or having it shipped to their home. We diligently monitor these orders to see if we are missing opportunities for in-store sales and adjust our inventory accordingly. I hope this information is helpful, and invite you to contact me directly if you have any questions in the future.
Mary Ausman
Supervisor, Customer Service
Barnes & Noble, Inc.122 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10011tel: (800) 422-7717fax: (212)

Sent:Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:52:24 PM
Contact Customer:
AZ>Store Number: 69>Store Address: 1361 S. Alma School Road
Comments:>>I wrote to Barnes and Noble recently, letting them know I much prefer to go your Borders. I find your LGBT secition much more lush and well stocked. Thank you for your support and continuing ambitions to reach out to all who wish to read. I will continue to shop at your Mesa, AZ store.

From: ""
To: elizatanner
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 3:38:39 PM
Subject: RE: Books
Dear Elizabeth,Thanks for writing to Borders to share your feedback.
We appreciate your positive comments! We are always glad to hear from customers, but it is especially nice when a happy customer takes the time to let us know that we've done a good job. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

Borders Customer Care

Borders vs. Barnes & Noble

I recently wrote to both companies regarding their LGBT book shelf space or lack there of. Stay tuned to learn of their responses...