Hello Secular Supporter,

An important measure was passed July 28th Washington Elementary School District board meeting: a resolution affirming LGBTQ+ students and staff.

The two-page declaration recognizes the “chilling effect” of recent Christian nationalist legislation—which causes confusion and fear around LGBTQ+ affirming actions—and resolves to create a welcoming and safe environment. It also resolves to amend all district policies that include language about sex, sexual orientation, transgender status to include gender identity and expression.

This was a great idea, and we applaud the WESD board members who approved it: Nikkie Whaley, Jenni Abbott-Bayardi, Bill Adams, and Lindsey M Peterson. (Member Tee Lambert abstained.)

Secular AZ board member Sami Al-Asady took part in the meeting—his first ever—and wrote:

“During politically turbulent times, it is easy to allow the feeling of helplessness to take over. However […] I left knowing that my small but important contribution to the public discourse can potentially prevent, for thousands of Washington Elementary School District students, the distress I felt as a queer person navigating the education system feeling alone.”

Read more on our blog here.


Still Looking for Secular Officiants!

Secular AZ is looking for non-religious officiants who can officiate weddings and/or end-of-life celebrations in Arizona. We are putting together a list of ordained secular officiants so that members and website visitors can find an officiant to meet their atheist/agnostic/humanist needs.

If you’d like to be listed, please email us at info@secularaz.org with a brief bio, your officiating experiences, the types of events you officiate, the geographical location where you can officiate, and we will add you to our page.

Candidate forum next week: Marana Unified School District

Meet the candidates running for MUSD on Wednesday, Aug. 10th at 6pm. Bring your questions!
Join us live on Facebook or through Zoom here.

And heck our Youtube channel for recent presentations, including our most recent candidate forums and a talk about Arizona's Q-Anon candidates!


Secular AZ
PO Box 19258  | Phoenix, Arizona 85005
6023804810 | info@secularaz.org

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