ONE Community is a coalition of Arizona businesses, organizations, and individuals supporting diversity, inclusion and equity for all Arizonans. The coalition offers memberships and organizes events and educational and advocacy programs, with a mission to create an Arizona that celebrates and respects everyone.
In 2013, ONE Community launched the Unity Pledge, a major and ongoing effort that was launched in 2013 in Arizona to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals and their allies.
“ONE Community is proud to partner with Let’s Talk Autonomous Driving to create more inclusive and safety conscious transportation options for our diverse communities,” said Angela Hughey, co-founder and president of ONE Community. “With autonomous vehicles, LGBTQ+ people won’t have to worry about discrimination and harassment just for seeking transportation assistance. We look forward to working together to educate the community about the benefits of autonomous vehicles in our everyday lives.”
According to ONE Community’s annual survey, 11.6% of Arizona’s LGBTQ+ population identify as having a disability, 72% live in an urban environment, and 26% are 65 or older. Providing safe, accessible forms of transportation to their community is a top priority for ONE Community.
A study by the Gender Policy Report shows one in four members of the queer community are concerned with safety on public transportation. Presence of security does not often mitigate these concerns.
Fully autonomous driving technology could provide a safe new mobility option, including for LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and parents with disabilities who cannot currently drive.