These organizations provide a wide array of services to our community in Tucson, Arizona.
Growing support has led to the rise of many on-campus communities and resources for LGBTQ students, but figuring out the exact initiatives that a specific college is taking can be challenging and time-consuming. Affordablecolleges.com is a free resource that provides guidance on assessing a school’s support systems for its LGBTQ community, up-to-date info on scholarships for LGBTQ students, national LGBTQ organizations & resources, and affordable colleges with supportive communities.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund connects donors with projects that benefit the LGBT community in Southern Arizona, through annual competitive grant rounds. The Fund provides donors with a way to channel their charitable investments into efforts that are most likely to affect their issues.
No one needs to go through this journey alone. The Desert Southwest Chapter’s purpose is to empower and support individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada. The Alzheimer’s Association is LGBTQ welcoming. »Announcing SASP’s LGBTQI Alzheimer’s Caregiver support group!
In Tucson, ARC provides emergency, temporary shelter for adults over the age of 60 in need of emergency temporary shelter and late-life domestic violence services for those living in abusive situations.
The Arizona Queer Archives is the state of Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) archive established through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. The Arizona Queer Archives collects, preserves, and makes collections accessible as we work closely with diverse LGBTQ communities throughout Arizona to develop an archive that documents and celebrates LGBTQ history.
Founded in 1988, Desert Voices is one of Tucson’s LGBTQ choruses. Committed to promoting an ongoing and positive gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender presence in the community, the chorus is a diverse mix of LGBTQ people and allies. Currently under the baton of artistic director Shawn Cullen and the expertise of Dr. Kyungsun Choi, the chorus performs in Tucson and throughout Arizona.
The goal of GayTucson.com is to provide a comprehensive source of up-to-date, reliable information concerning all things LGBTQ within the Tucson region. Come to GayTucson.com to get the scoop on Tucson’s gay-owned and/or gay-friendly hotels, real estate and other businesses, gay bars and local gay-related news and events.
ICS is often the place to go in Pima County for those who have nowhere else to turn. Their programs enable seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and independent in their homes. They also assist individuals and families facing food hardship, job loss and financial crisis regain stability and gather the resources to move forward to self-sufficiency.
JFSA Pride, or JPride, is dedicated to fostering an open and affirming Jewish community for Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Jews through social and festival gatherings, community events, LGBTQ interfaith work, social action initiatives, and educational programs for adults and youth.
JPride facilitates the exploration of issues and ideas important to the Southern Arizona LGBTQ Jewish community and its allies. The program offers an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ Jews; observe Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders and Yom Kippur break fasts; experience dynamic arts and education programming, and volunteer with social action projects that benefit greater Tucson.
Lesbian Looks sponsors an annual series of independent films.
Living Out Loud is a full-spectrum integrated health and wellness resource, supporting physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health needs of persons who identify along the lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex or transgender or gender non-conforming (LGBTQI) spectrum. Services include primary care; mental health care (counseling/therapy as well as psychiatric assessment and medication management; Gender Confirmation Services, and, Support and Community Groups. Living Out Loud is a program of CODAC and the drop in and referral center is at 3130 E. Broadway Blvd. (se corner of Broadway and Country Club). Phone: 520-202-1832
The mission of Our Family is to support children and youth, to serve families and elders, to strengthen community connections. Our Family Services provides shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families. We help people talk to each other. We help people learn to be better parents, improve their lives, their relationships, and build stronger families. We help elders and adults with disabilities live safely and with dignity in their own homes. Our Family does this work through these programs and more:
- New Beginnings, which provides a continuum of care to help homeless children, youth and families into safe, stable housing and on to independent lives through outreach, shelter and support, transitional housing and case management.
- Strong Communities, which works to build a better community through counseling, education and skill building, services for elders and adults with disabilities, information and referral, and our Center for Community Dialogue, which cosponsors with SASP the monthly group: Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders.
- And the Senior Companion Program, which provides stipends to low-income volunteers over 55 to provide companionship and respite services to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities.
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!
OutInAZ provides information relevant to the LGBTQ community. Launched by SAAF with support from the LGBT & S Alliance Fund, this website lists for restaurants, hotels and bars; government services; non-profits; health care; spiritual and religious and business services.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:
- Support, to cope with an adverse society;
- Education, to enlighten the public, and
- Advocacy, to end discrimination and the secure equal civil rights.
PCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. PCOA offers a multiplicity of services and programs for seniors and is inclusive of LGBT older adults.
- Project Visibility trains service providers at assisted living centers to become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older adults and their families.
- PCOA offers an LGBTQ-welcoming caregiver support group. »More info about the LGBTQ caregiver support group
- PCOA’s publication, NEVER TOO LATE, brims with substantive articles and a comprehensive calendar of events and programs.
PCOA is located at 8467 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ.
This free online service lists independent level (not assistive care) housing for all people, regardless of race, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, national origin or sexual orientation. (If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call and talk to someone who will search the website for you at 1-877-428-8844. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Eastern time.)
Search for apartments by zip code, price, number of bedrooms, handicap accessibility, access to public transportation, and other features. See if you are eligible for Public Housing or other low-income housing options, at http://pimacountyhelp.org.
We welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (check out our LGBTQ resources!) If you think you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint online at www.hud.gov/complaints or call the Southwest Fair Housing Council at (520) 798-1568.
A training to help service providers become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families. Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), in collaboration with community agencies, offers this cultural competency training for staff at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies, to increase awareness of the strengths and needs of LGBT older adults. The training includes screening of the Project Visibility DVD, with personal interviews and supportive interactive discussion, and a manual on making positive and practical changes at your agency. The goal of Project Visibility is to help our community’s service providers ensure that older LGBT adults receive long term care services that are welcoming, respectful, and safe for them. To schedule a Project Visibility training at your agency, call the PCOA Help Line at 520-790-7262.
Social Security and Medicare for Same-Sex Couples
Did you know there is a wealth of info online about U.S. Medicare and Social Security benefits for same sex couples?
Reveille Men’s Chorus, Tucson’s internationally recognized men’s chorus, is in its 21st year of changing lives through music. What began in 1995 as a gay men’s community chorus with an array of singers, has grown, transitioned and taken flight into a community institution of seasoned performers focused on building relationships, community and a performance experience incomparable to any other here in Southern Arizona.
SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities. SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. SAGA provides support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. In 2014, SAAF took over several initiatives from Wingspan, formerly southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community center. This has helped to broaden SAAF’s scope of services which now include the EON Youth Lounge and the Anti-Violence Programs. The Anti-Violence Project offers 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy for LGBTQ victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes as well as case management, housing assistance and safety planning. The Bilingual Anti-Violence Crisis Line is 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.
Get informed about health and wellness issues important to seniors, socialize, and access community resources, including: weekly support groups, Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Film & Discussion Series, individual consultations, educational presentations by neurologists and other providers, lending library and MUCH MORE.
The TGBLTCC is a membership organization to promote and support GLBT & allies business enterprises. TGLBTCC members gather for breakfast or dinner networking meetings the third Thursday of each month. Each meeting features presentations from Chamber members, guest speakers or member networking exercises. Meetings also provide a forum for announcements and the opportunity to share business leads, needs, testimonials, and thanks. In addition to monthly meetings, members host “Out & About” gatherings – private open houses to showcase businesses, products and services to Chamber members and guests. View membership directory at the TGBLTCC website…
The 13-member commission acts as the official advisory body to the Tucson city government on GLBT issues. The mission of the commission is to champion equality and well‐being for all Tucsonans. In November, 1998, this issue-oriented entity was formed by the City of Tucson by order of then Mayor George Miller, after the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. For more info, phone the City Clerk’s Office at 520-791-4213. Visit the commission on Facebook.
TLGA (Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance) is a non-profit organization that produces and promotes education, cultural and recreational events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities in Tucson and supports other local non-profits. Events include the annual gathering Pride in the Desert and the Pride Parade.
TIHAN works within a network of faith communities to promote education and prevention of HIV/AIDS; educates clergy and laity to offer support to those affected by HIV/AIDS and advocates in the community for those affected by HIV/AIDS. TIHAN is located at 2660 N. 1st Ave., Tucson. Phone: 520-299-6647
The mission of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies is to promote LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming. The Institute maintains the Queer Archives.
This SAGE brief offers a policy road map with detailed recommendations. SAGE is committed to ensuring that millions of LGBT older people are able to access welcoming LGBT housing in all its forms, regardless of where they live.
Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Southern Arizona prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial or marital status. Everyone who shares our commitment to this mission is welcome.
The Director of the YWCA’s Women’s Counseling Network directs the LBTQ Women’s Grief Group, which is a weekly support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women 18 years of age and older who are looking for an accepting space in which to share their loss. »More info about the LBTQ Women’s Grief Group