The office met with community leaders on how it could protect LGBTQ+ people in the coming legislative session.
Stories from February you absolutely need to read
From parents' perspectives on Drag Story Hour to ticketing inside prisons, here are the stories you might have missed from LOOKOUT. PLUS: a new Eyes on the State
In LOOKOUT’s second month of publishing, our reporters are getting wild traction and punching above their weight in what they’re covering.
Here are some of the stories you might have missed.
Drag Story Hour
On Feb. 19, the LGBTQ+-owned and operated coffee shop, Brick Road Coffee, closed down its doors after a bomb threat targeting children and their parents inside. The threat was made because the shop hosted a drag story hour event.
The violence against queer spaces is on the rise, anecdotally, and advocates and parents are saying its due to the anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric being fanned by republican lawmakers stoking a culture war.
The president of Drag Story Hour-AZ submitted a commentary to LOOKOUT, echoing what parents have said.
LOOKOUT at the Arizona Gay Rodeo
Every year, the Arizona Gay Rodeo attracts wranglers and bull riders from across the state. We were there to capture the fun and the fashion.
A rise in suicide rates among queer youth
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that analyses risk behaviors among American youth found queer people faced higher rates of depression and thoughts of self-harm. Many point to unsafe school environments, amplified by legislation aiming to eliminate queer students.
Ticketed for holding hands
A LOOKOUT investigation found that gay men and lesbian women inside prisons were being ticketed for innocuous offenses such as holding hands.
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