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!

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…