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Arizona LGBTQ+ leaders discuss what's at stake in the 2024 election

Messages of support for the LGBTQ+ community posted inside the Phoenix Parsons Youth Center
Nick Karmia/KJZZ
Messages of support for the LGBTQ+ community posted inside the Phoenix Parsons Youth Center

Opposing bathroom bans, anti-trans healthcare policy and “don’t say gay” bills, LGBTQ+ community members met in Phoenix to discuss what’s at stake in November for their movement.

The Phoenix Parsons Youth Center hosted a discussion led by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Participants spoke of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and expressed their support for getting pro-equality candidates into the Arizona Legislature.

Kelley Robinson is President of the Human Rights Campaign and emphasized how Arizona voters take pro-LGBTQ+ legislation seriously.

“Here in Arizona, we’ve identified 1.4 million voters that prioritize LGBTQ+ issues when deciding what to vote for,” Robinson said. “We call them equality voters. If those people turn out, we win.”

HRC declared a state of emergency last year after they identified nearly 600 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that were introduced nationwide. Robinson concluded the gathering by highlighting the importance of each attendee’s story and turning the Legislature blue.

Nick Karmia is an intern at KJZZ.
Keller Brown is an intern at KJZZ. He is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, working toward a master's in sports journalism.