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Senior Pride Monthly Potluck

4th Saturday of every month, noon-2pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Hall
2902 N. Geronimo

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride salutes the 2017 honorees of Wingspan awards

Dea Brasgalla (left): Steve Hall Award
Laura Alexander (center): Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Miki Odawa (right): Ken Godat Award

»Learn more about these awards and the SAAF Out Brunch

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Alzheimer’s LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group

2nd Thursdays of each month
5:30-6:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo

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Lillian Faderman

March 2017, Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Tucson Festival of Books presented historian and scholar of LGBT history and literature, Lillian Faderman.

»Read about Lillian Faderman’s visit

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LBTQ Women’s Grief Group

Southern Arizona Senior Pride offers a support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer women 18+ years of age who are looking for an accepting space in which to share loss. Meets every Thursday.

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Serving with Honor, Not Equality: LGBT Veterans, World War II to Now

April 2017, Southern Arizona Senior Pride screened the classic film “Coming Out under Fire” with director Arthur Dong (far right) in person.

»Read more about this event

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Serving with Honor, Not Equality: LGBT Veterans, World War II to Now

One table at this April 2017 Southern Arizona Senior Pride event displayed photos of Metropolitan Community Church members from their time in service.

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Senior Pride General Meeting

Southern Arizona Senior Pride meetings are open to everyone, are wheelchair accessible and feature interesting speakers!
2nd Tuesday of each month (except August)

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OUR LEGACY OUR FUTURE, an LGBTQ Elders and Allies Community Forum

February 2016, Southern Arizona Senior Pride screened “Reel in the Closet” with filmmaker Stu Maddox in person (left). At right is Serena Worthington from SAGE.

»Learn more about this event

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OUR LEGACY OUR FUTURE, an LGBTQ Elders and Allies Community Forum

SAGA tabl-ers at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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OUR LEGACY OUR FUTURE, an LGBTQ Elders and Allies Community Forum

Attendees at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders

Elder Circles are facilitated discussion groups that meet 3rd Saturday of every month on a drop-in basis to discuss life review, life repair, contribution and mentoring.

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OUR LEGACY OUR FUTURE, an LGBTQ Elders and Allies Community Forum

Attendees at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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Maria Lopez, Southern Arizona Senior Pride Potluck attendee

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Intergenerational Ice Cream Social

Annual ice cream social with EON youth at the EON Lounge.
Next: TBA (last was Fri, July 28, 2017)

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Honoring Noel Matkin and Jim Sincox, among Tucson’s most respected elders.

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Dea Brasgalla

Dea Brasgalla is vice-chairperson of Southern Arizona Senior Pride as well as The Roving Reporter for our newsletter, The Senior Forum.

»Learn more about Dea in the June 2017 Senior Forum (see page 4).

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS
October 14, 2017

LGBT Senior Poets Share Their Work

Words of Wisdom, a community event at which LGBTQ senior poets share their work, returned to the University of Arizona Poetry Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The poetry reading showcased the voices of longtime members of the LGBTQ community the week of National Coming Out Day…

»Read full article in the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat

Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017
Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017

Outreach to Tucson’s LGBTQI Elder Community

Are you LGBTQI, 55 or older, homebound or living in a Care Community (independent or assisted living, nursing home, boarding home)? Are you disabled (of any age)? Are you isolated from your LGBTQI Community? Lonely?

Southern Arizona Senior Pride
COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAM-TUCSON

would like to offer you
friendly visits and/or phone calls
with trained volunteers who have had a background check.

There is no charge to participate in this program.

Please contact the Program Coordinator:
520-351-2724 or by email

for an application and home visit.
REFERRALS ENCOURAGED.

October 21, 2017

Ending Isolation with Senior Pride’s New Program: Our Community Cares

Senior Pride, in conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Neighbor Care Alliance, has launched a new effort to help LGBTQI elders who are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of information about services and resources that are safe and welcoming.

Volunteer program coordinator Kay Smith says, “People in our community who are older or disabled, and not able to easily attend social functions, are isolated and feel disconnected from the community they knew all their lives. The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of home-bound people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week for 1 to 1.5 hrs. to visit, play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers will also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources.”

The Senior Pride Community Cares Program has initiated its pilot program this summer. We are pleased to be visiting three people weekly and look forward to visiting more in the fall.

Saturday, October 21 from 3-5:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo

The program will offer training for volunteers. To enroll in the volunteer training program, to learn how to sign up for visits and phone calls or to obtain more information, please call Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson at 520-351-2724 or email. Leave your name and contact information and Kay Smith, MSW, Program Coordinator, will respond.

September 29, 2017

Senior Pride in the 2017 Parade

Tucson Pride celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the “Pride on Parade” on 4th Avenue, Friday, September 29 – and Southern Arizona Senior Pride was there!

Need help caring for your animal companion?

October Veterinary Specials from PAAW

PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare logo

Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a volunteer organization working toward ensuring that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care. In addition to a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally (culminating in a mega adoption event), PAAW has a program to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals get what they need for their pets.

For news and events all year long, visit PAAW on Facebook!

»Learn about PAAW’s OCTOBER Animal Care Specials

October 26, 2017

Solo Senior Gathering & Luncheon

You are a solo senior if you have no family as you approach/face/deal with aging and end of life AND you are invited to attend the Solo Senior Gathering & Luncheon!

Thu, Oct 26
1-3pm
Tohono Chul Park
Free
Limited seating
Reservations required

We the solo seniors will gather informally over lunch on October 26th and share our recollections, questions, cultural traditions, concerns and other experience around end of life, grief, mourning and death.

Sponsored by the Elder Circle program of the Center for Community Dialogue and the Southwest Folklife Alliance.

Supported by:
The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

For more info and to register: contact Catherine Tornbom at 520.323.1708 x121 or email.

November 1, 2017

LGBTQ+ CAREGIVING FORUM: SUPPORT FOR THE JOURNEY OF CARE

Speakers, panelists, group discussions and valuable educational resources help address the unique challenges facing LGBTQ+ caregivers and clarify ways to get the support that’s needed. Hosted by AARP Arizona and Pima Council on Aging.

Wed, Nov 1, 1–4pm
Donna R. Liggins Center
2160 North 6th Ave, Tucson

»See flyer

Please spread the word and join us.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP and register: https://aarp.cvent.com/tuccaregiving or call 520-571-9884

More info: Email

AARP Family Caregivers Network
Pima Council on Aging logo

Pride & Remembrance 2017 with St. Francis in the Foothills

St. Francis in the Foothills includes and supports our community!

Events listed below take place at:
Community Center at St. Francis,
4625 E. River Rd (River & Swan),
Tucson, AZ

November 14-20
Trans Awareness Week

November 19, 9am
Transgender Day of Remembrance at St. Francis

November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance at the UA.

Aug 8, 2017

Rainbow Crosswalk Unveiled

Tucson joins many other cities across the United States by adding rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community and celebrate the city’s diversity. The official unveiling was held on Aug. 8th at 10am in the Creative Ventures parking lot at 522 N. 4th Avenue. The Rainbow Crosswalk Project is a collaboration between Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Speedy Striping and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.

The crosswalks are at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.

City council member Karin Uhlich said she hoped the intersection would be a place to turn when she and others “need a little dose of courage or pride.”

In the night before the unveiling, vandals splattered white paint on the crosswalks; workers were able to clean it off before the ceremony.

Announcing New LGBT-Welcoming Caregiver Support Group

Pima Council On Aging offers an LGBT-welcoming caregiver support group, which is open to anyone providing care for a person 60 and older, or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia of any age.

3rd Tuesday of each month
1-2:30pm
»Find out when we meet next
Pima Council on Aging
Board Room
8467 E Broadway

Tucson, AZ

No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.

Pima Council on Aging logo

2nd Thursday of each month

Announcing the Alzheimer’s LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group

ANNOUNCING Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter’s support group, which offers a forum for LGBTQ caregivers to share feelings, concerns, information and encouragement. Trained facilitators meet with small groups of caregivers who care for people with dementia to share information and experiences, build new skills and offer peer support and ideas.

No cost to attend.
No commitment to come back.

»See flyer!

2nd Thursday of each month
(Please note schedule change: only 2nd Thursdays now)
5:30-6:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo
Social Hall East on Laguna
Tucson, AZ
»Find out when we meet next
More info: (520)322-6601

Supported by Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
Alzheimers' Association logo

AARP article: Housing for older LGBT adults!

An ‘LGBT-Welcoming’ Place to Call Home
Recognizing a need, some cities are developing housing options.

“Older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender often age alone. As the first generation to be open about their sexuality and united around the gay rights movement, many are estranged from family and never had or have lost a partner. Prejudice may have meant fewer work opportunities over their lifetime, resulting in meager, if any, savings. Finding affordable and welcoming senior housing is a challenge…”

»Read article on AARP site…