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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2007 2:30 am | Updated: 5:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona’s gay community will break ground Nov. 3 on a home in Apache Junction for a family in need.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee, in a partnership with In Touch magazine, is raising money and supplying volunteers to build the home for Habitat for Humanity Valley of the Sun, said Habitat for Humanity volunteer Roni Keeton.

Volunteers sought donations for the project Saturday during the annual Rainbows Festival at Heritage Square Park at Fifth and Monroe streets in downtown Phoenix.

“The fact that this is only the second home built by the gay community makes this so interesting,” Keeton said. “We can’t wait for the groundbreaking.”

The home will be built in Habitat for Humanity’s Ironwood Trails subdivision in Apache Junction, Keeton said. It’s part of an 18-home solar community in partnership with Salt River Project, which provides a solar power system for each of the homes.

The two-day street fair, which continues today, draws about 25,000 people annually to celebrate diversity at the largest gay and lesbian event in Arizona.

Keeton said Habitat is hoping that festival visitors will donate money to help with construction because the home is sponsored by the gay community.

About 200 other Valley companies, organizations and political groups set up exhibits at the festival, including Valley radio station Energy KNRJ (101.1 FM), which aired dance music live at the festival.

The festival features performances today by a Latin band, a dance troupe and vocalists.

Phoenix resident Kirt Nitsche, 37, said he’s come to Rainbows Festival every year for about five years. Nitsche is also involved with the Men of Charlie’s group, which raises money for Valley gay charities.

“I just like to walk around and shop and hang out with my friends,” Nitsche said. “There’s always something interesting to see here.”

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