Senior Pride Potluck
Senior Pride Speakers Series, 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3pm
Photo from Michelle Citron's film, Lives:Visible
Coming Out Under Fire, Arthur Dong
Southern Arizona Senior Pride in the Tucson Pride march, 9/29/17
LBTQ Women’s Grief Group
Words of Wisdom poets, October 2017
Richard, with one of his paintings
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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS

Who is Southern Arizona Senior Pride?

Lavina Tomer, Chair of Senior Pride, describes Southern Arizona Senior Pride.

Seeking Volunteer Facilitator for Women’s Grief Group!

Do you have the heart of a volunteer? The LBTQ Women’s Grief Group, which has been meeting for two years, would like to invite professional social workers, counselors, psychologists or peer support specialists to be a volunteer facilitator. The drop-in group is a weekly, peer support group, not a therapy group. A professional facilitator leads the group, provides structure, safety, and recommendations and referrals if necessary…

»Read more

August 19, 2018

Dreamcatcher Annual Festival

SUN, AUG 19, 5-9pm
La Cocina
201 North Court Avenue
$5 cover at door
All ages

With The Drop Ladies, Ima Peepers and guest speaker, Lavina Tomer.

Come support local artists, authors, writers, speakers and performers.
Please invite your friends.

All proceeds benefit the Colby Olsen Foundation. The mission of the Colby Olsen Foundation is to raise awareness about issues that affect LGBTQ Youth & Seniors in our community.

Sponsors: Animal Birth Control of Tucson, DJ Master Mixxaz and La Cocina

»Go to Colby Olsen website for more info

»Colby Olsen on Facebook

August 27, 2018

Free Haircut English Salon

English Salon Spa and 7-8 local stylists are giving FREE HAIRCUTS to LGBTQ+ at-risk and limited-income seniors for one day:

August 27, 2018
9am to 3pm, last appointment at 2
English Salon Spa

27 N. Scott Ave.
520 777 8997
Clients must call English Salon Spa to book appointment.

»English Salon Spa on Facebook

Free haircut for LGBTQ+ at-risk and limited-income seniors sponsored by English Salon/Spa and Colby Olsen Foundation

September 11, 2018

Senior Pride Speakers Series

Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking and Senior Pride updates.

2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)

NEXT: Tuesday, SEP 11, 2-3pm
Topic: Nourishing the human spirit through creativity
Speaker: Sally Roundhouse, Executive Director, Casa
Libre en la Solana (Free House in the Sun)

NO MEETING IN AUGUST!

Learn about upcoming speakers from our newsletter, The Senior Forum.

More info: Call 520-312-8923 or email us.

September 19, 2018

Senior Pride Book Club

The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly to enjoy books and companionship!

Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
NEXT: WED, SEP 19, 2-3:30pm

Upcoming Book Club Dates and Selections

Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road, Tucson (and Vine)

Coordinated by Stephen Higley
For more info: Call Steve at (520) 312-8923 or email Steve

Sep 25-Nov 13, 2018

Stay Gold: LGBTQIA+ Youth and Older People Make Art Together

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA) is partnering with the University of Arizona Division of Art and Visual Culture Education to bring you Stay Gold. This 8-week intergenerational arts program invites LGBTQIA+ individuals age 13-99 into the museum space to connect and create through current themes explored in contemporary art. Stay Gold is aimed at creating an equitable and inclusive environment that fosters deeper connections within the LGBTQIA+ community by bringing youth and seniors together to make art.

Tuesdays, September 25 to November 13
5:30-7:30 pm
MOCA Tucson

265 S. Church Ave

»Register for Stay Gold

Contact Eli Burke with questions at 520-269-6119 or email

Oct 20-Nov 17, 2018

LGBTQ 55+ Writers Workshop

Have you ever wished for a safe, accepting space where you can share your story, create new art, and make new friends? Casa Libre de Solana, in collaboration with Senior Pride, is offering a FREE 5-week, multi-style writing workshop for LGBTQI older people (55+) in Fall 2018 that culminates in a public reading.

Bring Your Story to Life Workshop
Saturdays, Oct 20-Nov 17, 10am-12:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna, near First Ave and Glenn)

Public Presentation
Sat, Dec 2, 3-7pm
Cans Deli on 4th
340 N 4th Ave

»Get the full scoop!

Senior Pride's New Program Reaches Out to Isolated Elders

Our Community Cares

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? 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.

Community Cares reaches out to isolated LGBTQ EldersSouthern 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.

Interested? Contact the Program Coordinator at 520-351-2724 or by email for an application and home visit.
Referrals encouraged!

»Learn about training for volunteers and more

LGBTQ Support Group at the UA Cancer Center

Weekly group for patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Family and friends are welcome.

Every Monday (except holidays), 3-4:30pm
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Room 1127
3838 N. Campbell Ave. (North of Prince)
This group includes support people.
More info and to RSVP: email or phone Brenda Casey at 520-694-0347

A Message from Lavina Tomer

June 2018 Appeal to Friends of Senior Pride

Dear Senior Pride Ally,

LGBT older people are more likely to experience isolation and to not have social networks that prevent loneliness and depression. LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone and to not have children or family to support or care for them. 80% of straight older adults rely on family as they age – only 20% of LGBT older people have that same safety net.

“My disability left me lonely, anxious and disconnected. I am happy to have someone who visits weekly. I am energized by our conversations and have more inspiration and creativity.”
–Recipient of Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program

Your donations, and support from Pima Council on Aging and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, helped us initiate The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson. This program seeks to end isolation in our community by providing friendly visits and phone calls to homebound people 55 and older and people with disabilities. Since October 2017 we have trained 20 volunteers. We currently visit and call 13 people from ages 55 – 95 who are isolated and alone. They want connection to their LGBT community. THEY NEED US. WE NEED EACH OTHER.

Your outstanding generosity also enables Senior Pride to produce quality cultural events such as films, lectures, and poetry readings, as well as monthly potlucks, support groups, book club, speakers, the newsletter and other media outreach. Thank you for acknowledging that Senior Pride is a vital part of our community. Donate today. Consider a Monthly Donation.

We are the generation who threw open the doors of LGBT equality. We will not stop now!

»Make your tax-deductible donation now

Thank you for all of your incredible support,
Lavina Tomer, Chair

Dea helps Southern Arizona Senior Pride gather donations

May 18, 2018

Senior Pride, PCOA GALA Sponsor

Senior Pride is honored to have been a sponsor for the Pima Council on Aging GALA, May 18, 2018. The GALA celebrated the 50th anniversary of PCOA and was attended by over 500 people. Senior Pride and LGBT older people were acknowledged and visible.

Thank you to Robert Bell, PCOA Board Chair, and Tom Buchanan, long time Senior Pride supporters, for making the $5000 PCOA sponsorship possible. Their generosity and commitment to our mission are inspiring, outstanding and greatly appreciated.

Need help caring for your animal companion?

PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare logo

PAAW has a program to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals get what they need for their pets.
»View Pet Owner Resources on the Pima County No Kill website

PAAW also has a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally (culminating in a mega adoption event). Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization working toward ensuring that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care.

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

»See CURRENT and LOCAL Animal Care Specials (on the Pima County No Kill website)

April 2018

Can’t Afford the Home Medical Equipment That You Need?

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) pays directly for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.»read more

3rd Tuesday of Each Month

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

The Rainbow Crosswalk Project

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.