Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes commended LGBT youth organization one•n•ten, which provides LGBT programs to minors as young as 11 years old.
“Awesome work being done by one•n•ten for inclusivity and creating a safe space for LGBTQ youth,” Mayes said on Twitter. “Thanks for showing us around yesterday!”
One•n•ten’s website says that it “envisions a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead.”
The organization claims to enhance the lives of youth and young adults ages 11-24.
In August, the youth organization hosted a dance show fundraiser featuring a number of men in drag including “Navi Ho,” “Sasha Bratz,” and “Trey.”
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which offers sterilizing so-called gender affirming care to minors, provides referrals to one•n•ten.
For a girl desiring to become a boy, gender-affirming procedures may include a testosterone prescription, hysterectomy, mastectomy, and metoidioplasty. For a boy, transitioning may entail an estrogen prescription, breast mammoplasty, orchiectomy, and vaginoplasty. Prepubescent children may be given puberty blockers.
These procedures aren’t as irreversible as first thought, evidence shows, and appear to cause adverse health effects.
One•n•ten programs include “SexFYI!,” a monthly sexual health program for ages 14 – 17 yo and 18 – 24 “that is inclusive of their body, gender identity and sexual orientation, including fluidity therein.”
Another program, “TGNC (Trans and Gender Non-Conforming) Wellness,” meets once a month to discuss “gender affirming health topics” such as “Pronouns Support,” “Hormones 101,” “Gender Affirming Surgeries 101,” “Gender Dysphoria Tips/Tools,” “How to Bind Safely, How to Tuck Safely,” “How to Select a LGBTQ Affirming Provider/Counselor,” and “Supporting a Healthy Transition.”
2gether in Color meets twice a month to “provide a space for LGBTQ youth who are People of Color (POC) to build connections based on lived experiences.”
The one•n•ten outdoor adventure camp, Camp OUTdoors, is a youth retreat for trans and non-binary youth. The motto is “Out of the Closet, Into the Woods.”
One•n•ten partners with public online charter school Arizona Virtual School to provide a middle school for LGBT-identifying students.
Mayes is the first LGBT person elected as Arizona attorney general. She has been vocal about her support for the LGBT movement.
“With LGBTQ Americans – and particularly transgender Americans – increasingly targeted by extremist legislation designed to restrict their rights, I am reaffirming my office’s commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Arizonans,” she said in a June news release. “Federal and state civil rights laws protect the right of LGTBQ Arizonans to live, work, and freely access public accommodations without being subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or threats of violence because of who they are. My office is fully committed to enforcing these laws.”
Elizabeth Troutman is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send her news tips using this link.
Every year, Cox Communications gives tens of thousands to minority students through its diversity scholarships.
This year, the broadband, cable, and telecommunications company issued $35,000 to 10 students. Each student received $3,500. Cox Communications began offering the diversity scholarships in 2014.
Eligible students can’t be white; they must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Partners to the scholarship fund include YWCA Metro Phoenix, ACEL, Be a Leader Foundation, NAACP Maricopa Branch, One n Ten, Sunnyside Educational Foundation, Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona, Greater Phoenix Urban League, Valle Del Sol, and the Educational Enrichment Foundation.
In a statement related to this year’s scholarship offering, Cox vice president of communications, Susan Anable, said that diversity of race correlates directly to stronger communities.
“Ensuring that diverse students have access to higher education will create stronger communities throughout Arizona,” said Anable. “We know that the cost of college can be prohibitive, and the challenge can be stressful for students and their families. We’re proud to connect families to opportunities like this one.”
In a statement regarding the awardees, Anable clarified that these scholarships were part of their company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
“These annual Cox Diversity Scholarships are how we demonstrate our commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion both within our company and in the communities we serve,” said Anable.
Cox Communication’s DEI initiatives include equitable promotion tracks to match the diversity of surrounding communities and customers. The company also established seven DEI councils across the states and regions it serves: California, Southwest, Central, Southeast, Northeast, Virginia, and Atlanta.
In addition to diversity scholarships, Cox Communications also implements race and identity-based diversity standards for its supply chain partnerships. The company identifies nine different race or identity classifications for diverse suppliers: minorities, women, LGBTQ+, disability, veterans, disabled veterans, and service-disabled veterans. In order to qualify for business with Cox Communications, those businesses must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, or controlled by a diverse group listed.
“We make it a priority to work with diverse-owned businesses and will continue to invest in the inspired talent and innovation diverse suppliers have to offer,” said George Richter, Cox’s senior vice president of supply chain management.
Even those diversity-led businesses who don’t qualify for supply chain partnership may still benefit from Cox Communications DEI commitment. The company offers a scholarship program for diverse-owned businesses through Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management, UNLV Lee Business School, Council for Supplier Diversity, Delgado Community College, and Old Dominion University.
For their DEI efforts, Cox Communications has won multiple awards from DiversityInc over the last two years, as well as numerous diversity awards from Forbes.