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Senior Pride Monthly Potluck

4th Saturday of every month, noon-2pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Hall
2902 N. Geronimo

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride salutes the 2017 honorees of Wingspan awards

Dea Brasgalla (left): Steve Hall Award
Laura Alexander (center): Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Miki Odawa (right): Ken Godat Award

»Learn more about these awards and the SAAF Out Brunch

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Alzheimer’s LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group

2nd Thursdays of each month
5:30-6:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo

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Lillian Faderman

March 2017, Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Tucson Festival of Books presented historian and scholar of LGBT history and literature, Lillian Faderman.

»Read about Lillian Faderman’s visit

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LBTQ Women’s Grief Group

Southern Arizona Senior Pride offers a support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer women 18+ years of age who are looking for an accepting space in which to share loss. Meets every Thursday.

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

April 2017, Southern Arizona Senior Pride screened the classic film “Coming Out under Fire” with director Arthur Dong (far right) in person.

»Read more about this event

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

One table at this April 2017 Southern Arizona Senior Pride event displayed photos of Metropolitan Community Church members from their time in service.

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Senior Pride Speakers Series & General Meeting

Southern Arizona Senior Pride meetings are open to everyone, are wheelchair accessible and feature interesting speakers!
2nd Tuesday of each month (except August)

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

February 2016, Southern Arizona Senior Pride screened “Reel in the Closet” with filmmaker Stu Maddox in person (left). At right is Serena Worthington from SAGE.

»Learn more about this event

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

SAGA tabl-ers at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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

Attendees at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders

Elder Circles are facilitated discussion groups that meet 3rd Saturday of every month on a drop-in basis to discuss life review, life repair, contribution and mentoring.

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

Attendees at this Southern Arizona Senior Pride special event in February 2016.

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Maria Lopez, Southern Arizona Senior Pride Potluck attendee

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Intergenerational Ice Cream Social

Annual ice cream social with EON youth at the EON Lounge.
Next: TBA (last was Fri, July 28, 2017)

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Honoring Noel Matkin and Jim Sincox, among Tucson’s most respected elders.

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Dea Brasgalla

Dea Brasgalla is vice-chairperson of Southern Arizona Senior Pride as well as The Roving Reporter for our newsletter, The Senior Forum.

»Learn more about Dea in the June 2017 Senior Forum (see page 4).

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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS

Potluck News

THE PFLAG/SENIOR PRIDE HOLIDAY POTLUCK on Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 was FABULOUS! 48 in attendance! PFLAG went all out again with festive decorations, fresh flowers, amazing food, generous spirits and energetic helping hands. Senior Pride brought tasty sides and desserts. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

PLEASE NOTE THESE CHANGES IN NEXT POTLUCK DATES:
Because Cornerstone Fellowship Hall will be under construction in January and February, the next Senior Pride Potluck will be Jan 13, 12-2pm. There will be no Potluck on the 4th Saturday of December or January, but there WILL be a Potluck on the 4th Saturday of February (Feb 24).

December 15, 2017

FRUITCAKE

Senior Pride is delighted to be one of over a dozen LGBTQI+ organizations and groups coming together next Friday for a big holiday party at The Rialto Theatre:

FRUITCAKE
December 15, 5-9pm
The Rialto Theatre

318 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ

Produced by G3 and Pete King in association with The Rialto Theatre Foundation.

FRUITCAKE is a FREE holiday event for the entire LGBTQI+ Community and their friends, family and allies. All are welcome, regardless of age, gender, orientation or identity.

The theatre and alley will be lit up and decorated. There will be cookies for kids and adult beverages served at multiple no-host bars, plus music and entertainment. Festive attire is encouraged (business casual or fancy dress, ugly sweaters, sexy elf, Santa’s helper…).

We hope you will join us!

This is a great opportunity for our community to mingle and celebrate together. Please help spread the word by sharing this event with friends on Facebook.

More info on Facebook and the G3 website.

November 2017

December 2017 Veterinary Specials from PAAW

PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare logo

Need help caring for your animal companion? 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!

»CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S ANIMAL CARE SPECIALS!

January 10, 2018

Senior Pride Book Group

(Previously called: LGBTQ and Allies Book Group)

Senior Pride now has a monthly book group!

Our next meeting is:
Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 3-4pm
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
1510 E Grant Road

On January 10th, we’ll discuss On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks. The famed neurologist, naturalist and science historian Saks was the author of Awakenings (made into a film with Robin Williams) and The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. He addressed his homosexuality for the first time in On the Move: A Life. »Read review in the New York Times

Join us for a great discussion and companionship!

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

Two Guides for LGBT Caregivers

More than 3 million LGBT Americans have taken on the responsibility of being a caregiver to a loved one, according to a recent report from AARP. These two guides are designed to support the LGBT older adult caregiving community:

“Prepare to Care Guide: A Planning Guide for Caregivers in the LGBT Community”
SAGE has partnered with AARP to create this practical tool filled with information, resources, and checklists to help caregivers get organized so they can do what’s best for their loved ones.

“Caregiving in the LGBT Community: A Guide to Engaging and Supporting LGBT Caregivers Through Programming”
This user-friendly publication provides ideas, lessons learned, and best practices for expanding programs to support LGBT caregivers and those caring for LGBT older adults.

Senior Pride in the News

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

Ending Isolation with Senior Pride's New Program

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.
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40th Anniversary of Tucson Pride

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!

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.

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…