Joseph Darius Jaafari/LOOKOUT

Joseph Darius Jaafari/LOOKOUT

Joseph Darius Jaafari is the executive editor of LOOKOUT, a queer-focused nonprofit newsroom that aims to push LGBTQ+ stories to the front of people’s minds.

A teacher’s road to acceptance, and fighting back against hate

By: - October 11, 2023

On July 13 of this year, River Chunnui decided to do something they had never thought about before: stand in public at a school board meeting and tell their side of the story.  “I just was terrified,” Chunnui said. “I was so scared.” For months, Chunnui, who is nonbinary and who uses they and them […]

Why did county attorney Rachel Mitchell appear at an anti-LGBTQ hate group’s event?

By: - September 21, 2023

A Moms for Liberty event that took place in Mesa last week applauded state legislators who have actively promoted anti-LGBTQ+ policies. But the event also included Rachel Mitchell, the Maricopa County attorney, who has in the past remained silent on the debate waged by conservative lawmakers on LGBTQ+ rights in public schools. The full meeting […]

A drag performer filed discrimination charges against Cottonwood City Council

By: - August 16, 2023

Cottonwood, Ariz. — The owner and creator of a rural drag charity performance has filed a discrimination charge with the city of Cottonwood and the city council after its members voted to remove the organization’s liquor license from its event in April this past year.  Christopher Hall, who performs as Miss Nature and runs the […]