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Senior Pride Monthly Potluck

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

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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.

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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.

»Read more about this event

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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)

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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.

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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.

»Learn more about this event

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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)

»Meetings, support groups and more

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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
February 2018

February 2018 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.

»CHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S ANIMAL CARE SPECIALS!

Senior Pride Potluck News

NEXT POTLUCK DATE: SAT, FEB 24, 2018
Because Cornerstone Fellowship Hall will be under construction for some weeks, there will be no Potluck on the 4th Saturday of January, but there WILL be a Potluck on the 4th Saturday of February (Feb 24).

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.

»more info about our potlucks

February 24, 2018

Desert Voices Got Talent / DUETS

Desert Voices Annual Fundraiser Cabaret presents
Desert Voices Got Talent / Duets
Feb 24, 6-9pm
6245 E Bellevue St., Tucson
Tickets $50

Come to Tucson’s premiere LGBTQ chorus’ annual fundraiser cabaret, with hors d’oeuvres and libations and silent/live auction!

Do you hate singing alone? So do we! Join us for a night of duets between friends, lovers and family as we celebrate the importance of relationships with Desert Voices. From laughing to crying, we will sing through the evening.

With hostess Lucinda Holliday
Catered by Feast
Cash bar and complimentary beer/wine
Adults only/under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets are selling fast!

»MORE INFO and PURCHASE TICKETS

March 10, 2018

Reveille presents Leslie Jordan EXPOSED

The 4th annual Rev It Up! presents
Leslie Jordan EXPOSED
March 10, 7:30pm (VIP reception at 6:30pm)
The FOX Theater

17 W Congress St., Tucson

Reveille is very excited to be providing an entertainment fundraiser that includes the Emmy Award winning Leslie Jordan in his one man show: EXPOSED.

The evening also includes Reveille’s annual award recognition:

  • Joel Meister Community Impact Award: Jonathan Rothschild
  • Reveille Volunteer Award: Michael Rogers
  • Reveille Leadership Award: Shawn Cullen

General show tickets: $18-$60
VIP Pre-show Reception tickets: $125

VIP package includes:
  • Hosted bar by David “Fitz” Fitzsimmons
  • Fundraiser auction
  • Meet and greet with Mr. Jordan
  • Photo ops with Fitz and Mr. Jordan
  • VIP seats at the front of house

»PURCHASE TICKETS

March 13, 2018

Senior Pride Speakers Series & General Meeting

Senior Pride meetings are open to everyone, are wheelchair accessible and always feature interesting speakers!

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

NEXT: Tuesday, Mar 13, 2-3pm
Deb Knox and Sharon Kha
TOPIC: POSSSLQ (Person of Same Sex Sharing Living Quarters) – Shared Living Arrangements: roommate relations, contracts, agreements, communication
Learn about upcoming meeting speakers from our newsletter, The Senior Forum.

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

March 21, 2018

Senior Pride Book Group

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

Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
NEXT: Wed, Mar 21, 2-3:30pm

Our April meeting date: April 18

We have decided to select books by LGBTQ authors and the first such choice on February 21 is Everywhere Home by Fenton Johnson, one of the LGBTQ authors to be featured at the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books. Everywhere Home is a collection of essays bearing witness to the possibility of progress—especially in terms of gay rights. Johnson, professor of creative writing in the English Department at the University of Arizona, has written several novels and non-fiction books as well as many essays for publications including Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times.

Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road, Tucson
Coordinated by Stephen Higley.
For more info: Call Steve at (520) 312-8923 or email Steve.

Join us for a great discussion and companionship!

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

March 31, 2018

GEN SILENT

»More about this film at the film website

Celebrating LGBT Health Awareness Week and the International Transgender Day of Visibility, Harmony Hospice proudly presents GEN SILENT, a documentary film from the award winning Mad Stu Productions, featuring six LGBT older adults as they deal with surviving in a care system that is hostile to their lifestyles.

Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 2–4pm
THE LOFT CINEMA
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
Suggested donation: $10 (benefits Southern Arizona Senior Pride!)
Limited seating!

»READ MORE!

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…

2017 Appeal to Friends of Senior Pride

Dear Friends:

Your generous donations to Southern Arizona Senior Pride keep us flourishing. In the face of snow, sleet, wind and rain, illness, aging, and being marginalized, our volunteers are vital and ambitious. Your support nourishes our commitment and promotes a place for LGBTQI older people in the Tucson Community.

We are an all volunteer organization. We need you in order to continue Senior Pride’s growth and accomplishments. Your donations at this time of year will make a difference in sustaining the progress made bit by bit, building block by building block — for 15 years!

»Senior Pride’s Building Blocks and 3 Ways to Donate

Donate to Southern Arizona Senior Pride!