April 2, 2017

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

the classic documentary:

IN PERSON: Director, Arthur Dong
Following the film: Robert Bell will introduce Erin Russ, Director of Programs for Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and Jennifer Dane from the American Military Partner Association. They are LGBT veterans, who will tell their stories of serving before, during and after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Doors open at 1pm for gathering, networking and resources
Program: 2-4pm
Jewish Community Center
3800 E River Rd., Tucson


»MORE about the event, the film and filmmaker Arthur Dong

Still from Arthur Dong's Coming Out Under Fire

Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2016

Pima Council on Aging’s 31st Annual: MEDICARE UPDATE CONFERENCE

We thought you’d like to know about this non-SASP event.

Become an informed consumer about your 2017 Medicare benefit changes! Learn about:

  • Changes coming in 2017
  • Medicare Part A and Part B Benefits – Hospital and Medical
  • Medicare Part A and B Supplements – Medigap
  • Medicare Part C – Advantage Plans
  • Medicare Part D – Prescription Drugs
  • Frauds, Scams, and Schemes that affect you

Attendees must sign in 30 minutes prior to the start of each presentation. 2 hour presentation followed by 1 hour Q & A period.

FREE! But space is limited. Register on the PCOA site.

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October 8, 2016

Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQ Elders

Presented by Southern Arizona Senior Pride!

Saturday, Oct 8, 2pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Featured poets include Meikil Berry, Dea Brasgalla,
Edwin Holliday, Randolph, Lola Lai Jong, Curt
Stubbs (the organizer of this event), Sandy Szelag,
Joy Valerius, Karen Hansen, Felicitas Sokec.

See our FLYER!

September 17, 2016

Living through the End of Life

September 17, 2016
Cornerstone Fellowship

2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson

What do you value in life?
How would you wish to live as your life draws to a close?
What legacy, material and spiritual, would you like to leave your loved ones and the world?
What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy?

Interfaith Community Services presents this workshop, sponsored by Southern Arizona Senior Pride, on planning end-of-life care, the documents needed to record our wishes and expressing our wishes to loved ones.

Please RSVP to Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services by or phone: 520-207-6049 x221.

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May 24, 2016

Next Steps: Action Planning

Tuesday, May 24, 3-4:30pm
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
8467 E Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ

This is the next in a series of events in which we examine LGBTQ senior needs and how to address them. The objective of this series is to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of older LGBTQ adults.

You do not need to have been at previous meetings in this series to come to this one.

In this event, Next Steps: Action Planning, teams formed in previous meetings will report on Cultural Competency for Long Term Care Providers, Advocacy (for changing laws/ordinances to prevent discrimination), Health Care Access and Social Interaction and People of Color.

In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. In Next Steps: It’s Time to Act on March 24th, we turned our attention to the priorities that emerged from questionnaires compiled in preceding events.

The meeting is facilitated by Sandy Davenport of PCOA, Lavina Tomer of Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Sylvia Mulka of the LGBT&S Alliance Fund and Abby Jensen of the Tucson GLBT Commission.  LGBTQ and allies are encouraged to participate.

March 24, 2016

Next Steps: A Time to Act

Thursday, March 24, 2-4 pm
Pima Council on Aging

8467 E. Broadway
Co-facilitated by Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), Southern Arizona Senior Pride, the LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund and
the Tucson LGBT Commission.

Join a discussion about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona and develop action plans to address them. In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. Our March 24th discussion will include findings of priorities expressed on questionnaires compiled from the two events. NOW IT’S TIME to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of our older LGBTQ adults.

Facilitators: Sandy Davenport (PCOA); Lavina Tomer, So. AZ Senior Pride; Kirsten Birner, LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund, and Davin “Dax” Franklin-Hicks, Tucson LGBT Commission.

More info: 305-3413 at PCOA / Phone or email SASP

No RSVP necessary.

March 10, 2016

Arizona Same Sex Marriage & Benefits

Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, PCOA
Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, PCOA

Join us March 10, 1-3pm, as speakers present information on same sex marriage regarding social security, Medicare, and long-term care services. Speakers include Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, Pima Council on Aging; Stephanie Hartell, Medicare Coordinator, Pima Council on Aging; Jack Burns, Social Security Administration, Public Affairs Specialist.

Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church
3269 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson
RSVP Required: 520-292-9151 OR church@wolmcc.org

February 7, 2016

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

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE of feature length documentary film: REEL IN THE CLOSET

About 350 people attended the SASP Community Forum at the Tucson Jewish Community Center to attentively view the film REEL IN THE CLOSET and archival interviews with local LGBT community members. In addition, Serena Worthington from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) discussed current research on issues confronting LGBT seniors.

Stu Maddox and Serena Worthington
Stu Maddox and Serena Worthington

Stu Maddux, REEL IN THE CLOSET filmmaker, was present to answer questions about the making of the film, crafted from home movies from past decades of hidden LGBT culture. Joseph Howell, director of development for the of the University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, spoke about the Arizona Queer Archives. To add to the excitement, 25 organizations, some who were sponsors, had tables of information about programs, services and resources.

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 / 1-5 pm
The Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ

October 12, 2015

The Loft Screens PRIDE

6:30 pm, October 12
The Loft

SASP co-sponsored screening of the film PRIDE presented by the Wingspan Multi-Faith Working Group. This film, based on a true story, depicts a strike by Welsh coal miners joined by intrepid gay and lesbian activists.

October 3, 2015

Words of Wisdom

2pm, October 3
University of Arizona Poetry Center
SASP poetry reading presented by LGBT elder poets

October 20, 2013

FORUM on Successful Aging

Forum on Successful Aging – an LGBT Perspective
Oct 20, 2-4pm
Jewish Community Center

A panel of speakers discusses:

  • Repeal of DOMA and its consequences;
  • Exercise training for our brains–staying sharp mentally as we live longer;
  • Planning for care;
  • Changing issues in long term care.
  • and getting the help and information we need.

Sponsored by Wingspan Senior Pride (now SASP)
Co-sponsored by the Pima Council on Aging, U of A Center on Aging and the U of A Institute of LGBT Studies.

October 21, 2012


Oct 21, 2pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center

GEN SILENT is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Stu Maddux delineating the isolation of aging gays, lesbians and transgender people seeking health care.

The screening, attended by an audience of over 300 people, was presented in partnership with the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, Pima Council on Aging, and local health service providers.

Sponsored by the Wingspan Senior Pride (now SASP).