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  •  Tucson (4+ / 0-)

    Had the most visible and "everyday" lesbian and gay community I have ever ever been part of.

    I mean, being away from Tucson for several years now, I still miss things like seeing visibly out lesbians all over the place as a matter of course. And that adorable gay cashier who was always amused when my gf and I danced to the corny music in the grocery store and asked about it when I hadn't been able to go shopping with her due to work obligations.

    •  She figured if SB 1062 can handily pass (1+ / 0-)
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      the legislature, and only Gov. Brewer's capricious benevolence stopped it from becoming law, there's too much hate there for her.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 03:00:31 PM PDT

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      •  not really "handily" as far as I can tell (1+ / 0-)
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        That's her call, of course and she has to do it from outside the actual lived reality of the state. One bit of context is that that collectively, the AZ state legislature is very often just flat out batshit crazy on pretty much any issue you could imagine and has been that way for a very long time. The governor - Napolitano and now, sadly, Brewer - is often the only stop between BatshitCrazyLand and basic sanity on many issues. It's just kind of how it works.

        I'm really not sure how SB 1062 would have fared as a statewide initiative. The scapegoat in AZ in recent years has tended to be immigrants/migrants. The gay community hasn't been much of an effective political scapegoat like that, or at least wasn't wen I was there. And given what happened with the three GOP legislators who turned around after the fvote (having seen the writing on the wall from the business community, presumably) and urged Brewer to veto, I suspect it would not have passed as a public initiative.

        3 GOP senators who voted for SB 1062 asking Brewer to veto bill

        Excerpts:

        Pierce and Worsley said the bill was moved along very quickly, not giving them enough time to convince fellow lawmakers to vote against it. Besides, Pierce said, they didn’t want to “tear apart” the GOP caucus, which was sharply divided last year over Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion.

        But the reaction from constituents to the business community reinforced their discomfort with their “yes” votes, they said, leading to the call for a veto.

        and
        Worsley noted the bill made a fairly minor tweak to the state’s existing statute protecting religious freedom, and said that was more reason to question why the bill was needed.

        He said he asked Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, over the weekend to allow the Senate to reconsider last week’s vote, but Biggs declined. If such a vote were to happen, it would fail, since the three Republicans would join with the 13 Democrats to vote it down.

        And another piece on one of the three is here:

        Arizona GOP State Senator Regrets Voting For Anti-Gay SB 1062: 'I Screwed Up'

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        So while it's her call, I do wonder if your sister knows anything real and grounded about the actual lived experiences of actual lesbians living in Arizona  - or if she's just imagining what it's like from afar based on extrapolation from very limited and limiting information. I mean, it's probably accurate that there's "too much hate" against us among the state legislature - or maybe not so much hate as again, simply just batshit craziness. But I myself have never felt physically safer as a lesbian than I did during my years in Tucson AZ. There seemed to be visible out members of our community all over the place (in my workplace, part the local migrant rights movement I was part of, in the streets just around, in the grocery store etc etc) and I really miss that now, living in supposedly magically pro-gay WA state.

        •  She (along with me and two other sisters) (1+ / 0-)
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          visited our mom in Tempe for two weeks every year for the last twenty years.  

          So we've seen Fife the felon, and "Pickaninnie" Mecham as governors, before Brewer.

          And we've followed the antics of Sheriff Joe.

          Please don't misunderstand. She never had any problems with any folks in Arizona, but passage of that darned don't-serve-gays law angered her, whether or not it was vetoed.

          The "check your papers" law didn't help, either.

          So we decided to hold our family get-togethers outside Arizona.

          The 116 degree days were a factor, too.

          “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

          by 6412093 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:28:25 PM PDT

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