Southern Arizona Senior Pride celebrates, supports and unites lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors in Southern Arizona. Southern Arizona Senior Pride recognizes and responds to the unique concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, age 55+ and their younger allies, by creating volunteer, social, and educational opportunities for senior LGBT people, increasing awareness of LGBT aging issues, and developing age-appropriate, LGBT-friendly information and referral services.
Founded in 2002 as a program of the Wingspan LGBT Community Center, the group chose to continue as Southern Arizona Senior Pride (SASP) when Wingspan closed in 2014. It is an all volunteer association. SASP convenes monthly for discussion, networking and speakers; publishes a monthly newsletter, The Senior Forum, which is distributed widely in print and online; hosts a monthly potluck; sponsors educational and social events; and collaborates with Pima Council on Aging’s Project Visibility, which provides cultural competency training to staff at assisted living homes and Certified Nursing Assistant programs.
SASP administers its practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status or veteran status.
SASP is funded entirely by contributions. Please consider making a donation today!
SASP Coordinating Committee
This committee sets agendas for general meetings, develops plans and provides overall direction and financial oversight for the organization.
Senior Pride Coordinating Committee members are as follows:
- Lavina Tomer, Chairperson
- Dea Brasgalla, Vice-chairperson
- Roger Osgood, Treasurer
- James Richardson, Secretary
They serve on the Coordinating Committee with Robert Bell, Joyce Bolinger, Rick Jorgensen, Curt Stubbs, Annette Vaughan and Dan Russo. This group meets monthly to set the agenda for the general meeting, discuss policy and plan events.