Arizona state senator is keynote
speaker for Stonewall banquet
QSanAntonio.com, July 23, 2011
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio this week announced that Arizona
State Senator Kyrsten Sinema will be the keynote speaker for their annual
awards banquet on September 24.
Sinema is openly bisexual and author of the book "Unite and Conquer:
How to Build Coalitions That Win and Last."
Senator Kinema currently represents Arizona's 15th District. She served
three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2005 through
2010 for the same District.
Sinema is a native of Tucson who grew up in a conservative Mormon household.
She is a graduate of Brigham Young University where, on a scholarship,
she earned a bachelor's degree in social work. She went on to get a master's
degree in social work and a juris doctor from Arizona State University.
After college she was a social worker for a school district and eventually
went on to a career as a criminal defense lawyer.
In 2006, Sinema was chair of Arizona Together, a statewide campaign that
defeated Prop 107 which banned the recognition of same sex marriage and
civil unions in Arizona. Two years later, she led a campaign against Prop
102, which was a similar but scaled-down version of Prop 107. Prop 102
was approved by a majority of voters.
Sinema's book "Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions That Win
and Last" was published in 2009. In the book, she argues that the
future of the progressive movement is to be found in unity, alignment
Using a no-nonsense approach, Sinema writes that we are all really more
alike than different, and that we can get work together successfully for
change when we let go of specific outcomes and focus on our shared values.
This will be Senator Sinema's second visit to Texas this year. She was
in Austin last March as guest speaker for the Texas Stonewall Democratic
Caucus' biennial meeting. In writing for QSanAntonio about Sinema's appearance
in Austin, Dan Graney, president of the TSDC, wrote:
"Sinema outlined ways that Democrats can build coalitions to
stop these bad bills from becoming law and encouraged LGBT Democrats to
reach out to allies, even unlikely ones, and support their issues in exchange
for their support of ours. 'After all, LGBT people make up only 4 percent
of the electorate and you need 50 percent plus one to win,' she said.
After her speech, attendees jumped to their feet to give Sinema a rousing
ovation and then formed a line to have her autograph copies of her book."
An article in the June 9 issue of Roll Call suggests that Sinema is strongly
considering a bid for Congress next year. However, she won't know which
House district she would compete in until a final redistricting map is
The Stonewall Democrats Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, September
24, 2011, 6:30-10:00PM, at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 South Alamo
Street, San Antonio, Texas. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships are available.
For more information go to StonewallSanAntonio.org.