Washington, DC - At a time when many states have failed to extend LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies, Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson are stepping up to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

Washington, DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 11 in Arizona.

Tucson, Arizona - Tuesday, Lauterio Keanu Ace Valenzuela, 24, of Tucson, Ariz, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 46 months in prison.  Valenzuela had previously pleaded guilty to an assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Grand Canyon, Arizona - Kristin Salzman first met Jenny Kollasch, a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, after experiencing discomfort following one of several surgeries she underwent as part of her stage IIIA breast cancer treatment. "I couldn't lay back, I was hurting so badly," Kristin says. "So someone suggested I go to physical therapy, and that's when I met Jenny."

Phoenix, Arizona - Governor Doug Ducey announced that, after an innovative revamp of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management’s billing process, local fire departments and fire districts are now receiving reimbursements in record times.