Equality Arizona

We work to build the political and cultural power of LGBTQ Arizona.

Email: admin@equalityarizona.org

Phone: (480) 401-2372

Address: 1415 N 7th Ave,

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Registered Charity: 95-4124382

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About

Equality Arizona is a non-profit organization, made up of both a 501c3 (Equality Arizona) and 501c4 (Equality Arizona Action) tax exempt organizations. We use a variety of strategies to build the political and cultural power of LGBTQ Arizona.

We believe LGBTQ people can change Arizona, our nation, and our world, if we use our collective power to fight for equality for all.

Our Mission

Equality Arizona:

Our mission is to build a strong and resilient LGBTQ social movement and culture in Arizona by increasing access to safety, well-being, and inclusion in society.

Equality Arizona Action: 

Our mission is to build the political power of the Arizona LGBTQ community for our full inclusion in the social, economic, and civil mechanisms of our society.

 

Our Vision

An Arizona where LGBTQ people are included in and lead the social, economic, and civic systems of our state, counties, cities, and communities.

Our Vision

An Arizona where LGBTQ people are included in and lead the social, economic, and civic systems of our state, counties, cities, and communities.

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Values & Priorities

We believe that the values and priorities of our organization make our work not only possible and successful. Arizona has always been on the forefront of social change - today is no different - and it our values and priorities that keep us focused on the future of the LGBTQ community in Arizona. 

LGBTQ Bill of Rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people have an inalienable right to full participation, representation, and inclusion in our society. These rights are enumerated in this document as the foundation of our movement and a proclamation of our liberation.

Meet Our Team

Michael S.C. Soto

Executive Director

Michael brings more than 20 years of professional political and non-profit experience to Equality Arizona. His expertise in movement building, electoral politics, public policy, advocacy, and non-profit management are assets to EQAZ and the Arizona LGBTQ movement. His leadership was critical to the re-birth of EQAZ and our new community focused mission and daily work.

Eli Ditlevson

Development Director

Elizabeth "Eli" Ditlevson has been working in Arizona's non-profit sector since 2006 and has extensive experience in non-profit services, policy and budget advocacy, and fundraising. Eli has served in leadership roles at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse, and Chrysalis. Eli lives openly as a Queer Femme and is excited to be a member of the EQAZ team helping to build queer political power in Arizona!

Christiana Hammond

Operations Director

Christiana moved from California to Arizona in 2005 and then to Phoenix in 2016 when she came out as a transgender woman. 

The sense of empowerment she gained from learning to live authentically became the foundation for her work as a dedicated LGBT advocate in Arizona. She has served on the steering committee of HRC Arizona since 2017 and has worked to support LGBTQ organizations, political campaigns and policy initiatives at every opportunity.

Hector Gonzalez

Administrative  Director

Hector Gonzalez is currently the Administrative Manager at Equality Arizona. He has more than 6 years of experience as an on the ground organizer and operations manager in the non-profit sector. Hector is currently enrolled in Phoenix College and pursuing a Bachelors in Nursing. 

JP Martin

Institutional Organizer - Southern Arizona

JP Martin deploys his experience founding, leading and strategically re-visioning communities at Equality Arizona. He has a passion for both community involvement and political advocacy and has volunteered countless hours for non-profit organizations, leading fundraising endeavors and strategic planning.

 

JP specializes in engaging voters, candidates, and elected officials throughout Arizona for strategic social change that benefits all Arizonans. He has worked on several executive councils implementing technology as a tool to shorten distances between people and ideologies. JP has lobbied the Arizona State Legislature on behalf of Equality Arizona, the Secular Coalition for Arizona, the Arizona Students’ Association, and Spectrum Experience. JP has experience mobilizing citizen lobbyists in Arizona and throughout the country.

 

JP majored in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Modern Languages at Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona; he speaks English, Spanish and French. 

Brianna Westbrook

Institutional Organizer - Central Arizona

Brianna Westbrook was born in Mesa, Arizona into a family that struggled with addiction and poverty. She is currently vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and is a small business owner, transgender rights advocate, and a visible community leader and organizer. In the summer of 2012, Brianna came out as transgender to her loved ones and began documenting her transition on YouTube to inspire others to live their most authentic lives.

In 2017 she became Arizona's first transgender candidate for U.S. House of Representatives when she announced her candidacy for Arizona’s 8th District against former Republican Congressman Trent Franks. Brianna is also the former co-chair of Our Revolution's Arizona chapter. She has worked with The Working Families Party, Puente, Lucha, Indivisible, Black Lives Matter, NARAL Arizona, AZ Resist, PDA Arizona, and most recently the Women’s March Phoenix on various marches, community actions, and get out the vote campaigns. Her prior candidacy recently received a worthy mention in Senator Bernie Sanders latest book “Where We Go from Here.”

Patricia Pagliuca

Community Programs Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Amy Manoil

Development Coordinator

Amy is a fifth generation native of Arizona, where her family has established a long tradition of political activism and social involvement. She first became an enthusiastic political volunteer in high school, organizing her classmates before she was old enough to vote. Amy then became an active member and Executive Board officer of the Young Democrats at Arizona State University, where she earned degrees in Political Science and Gender Studies. After college, Amy went on to start a small business, manage multiple wine bars, and become a Sommelier in between campaigns. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with many organizations and on local, statewide, and federal campaigns, most recently acting as Campaign Manager for a State Treasurer race.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Caitlin Breedlove

President

Caitlin Breedlove is the EQAZ President. She is the vice president of movement leadership for Auburn Seminary. Since 2003, Caitlin has been organizing and building movements in red states: working across race, class, culture, gender, sexuality and faith. Caitlin is known across social justice movements as a leader, strategist, and writer. She is the former Campaign Director of Standing on the Side of Love at the Unitarian Universalist Association where she served as a bridge between grassroots social movements and the denomination. She is also the former Co-Director of Southerners On New Ground (SONG), where for almost a decade she co-led innovative intersectional movement building work in the LGBTQ sector. Under Caitlin’s co-leadership, SONG led campaigns, trained hundreds of new LGBTQ organizers in the South, built a membership of over 3,000, and became the largest grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South. Caitlin began her work in the South doing popular education and organizer training at the historic Highlander Center in Tennessee. She is the host of the podcast ‘Fortification‘, which interviews movement leaders and organizers about their spiritual lives. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Janey Pearl Starks

Janey Pearl Starks, Associate Director of Marketing and Engagement here at Mountain Park, has a heart of gold. Wherever she lands, she wants to make a difference.

 

Originally from Guadalajara, and a graduate from ASU and Harvard, Janey has held prestigious roles working with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

Yovani Flores

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Danielle Lewis

Dr. Lewis’ journey to becoming a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine started over 15 years ago in the field of Physical Therapy. Dr. Lewis attained her degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has a bachelors degree from Old Dominion University in Health Science and Management. After graduating from Naturopathic Medical School, Dr. Lewis completed 2 years of residency in Phoenix AZ in a setting that focused on women’s medicine and primary care. Dr. Lewis works with the LGBTQ community to ensure nonjudgemental access to quality healthcare with an integrative approach.

Lynn Curley

Bio Coming Soon!

David Huff

Over the last few years, David has organized in the Phoenix/Tempe area as an openly bisexual student democratic activist at Arizona state university. From working to elect candidates such as former EQAz President Kevin Patterson for Phoenix City Council, Rep. Aaron Lieberman and Rep. Kelli Butler, David understands the importance of electing Pro-LGBTQ policy candidates in the state of Arizona. In addition to David's campaign activities, he has served as the president of ASU Young Democrats, and current President if the Young Democrats of Arizona, Executive Committee member of the Arizona Democratic Party, and Secretary of the LGBTQ Caucus. David hopes to use his political campaign and party resources to support Equality Arizona's mission of fulfilling rights to all LGBTQ+ Arizonans.

Elle Murtagh

Elle Murtagh is a chef and partner with Dark Crown Projects; a Phoenix based company that currently operates The Coronado PHX and Dark Hall Coffee. Besides her current businesses, Elle had co-owned Bragg’s Factory Diner and Sweets & Beats, both staples of the Grand Avenue Arts District. Elle’s passion for food led her to a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, AZ where she graduated in 2012. Elle has made it a goal with her partners to open plant based, ethical businesses, which work with progressive community organizations and offer their employees living wages. Elle has been part of the music and arts community in Phoenix for many years, currently co-hosting Vinyl Voices, a monthly story telling event exploring the shared experience of music. She is mom to two amazing children and has been with her wife, Emily, for 15 years. Working with EQAZ is her first experience in the non-profit world but her perspective as a working class, trans woman here in the Valley is one she hopes will benefit the future of EQAZ. 

Robert Chevaleau

Robert is one of the leaders for the Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization and he works daily to raise awareness and build support for the LGBTQ community. Robert's professional career has given him experience in business management, strategic planning, marketing, customer support, community organizing and nonprofits. For the last three years Robert has been delivering training on best practices for supporting transgender and gender diverse children to professional educators, community groups, and faith organizations. He worked to establish and lead the Gender Proud Family Advisory Council at Phoenix Children's Hospital, working to advocate for trans and nonbinary youth throughout PCH. Robert works to partner with other local, allied LGBTQ youth organizations like One-and-Ten, GLSEN, and SafeOut. 

Robert moved to Arizona from the Midwest in 2000. His two wonderful children attend a Phoenix area public school where they enjoy a supportive classroom environment, inclusive of all gender identities.

"Rights are won only by those that make their voices heard!"

 

-Harvey Milk

Sandra Y Nathan

Sandra currently serves as Principal and CEO for Apodictic Consultants, which provides strategic consulting and transitional leadership to philanthropy, nonprofits and government. Most recently, she served as Interim Executive Director of Philanthropy Southwest, the oldest philanthropy serving organization in the country, with member foundations from over six states. Sandra provided transitional and strategic leadership that has enabled the organization to successfully position itself for new leadership and growth.