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The former law banned public educational instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle, portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle and suggested that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”
For nearly 30 years this harmful and discriminatory law tied educators’ hands and prevented LGBTQ youth, and all students, from receiving information that impacted their health, safety and wellness.
Equality Arizona, with some student members, brought a lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Education. This lawsuit helped to spur the legislature to action.
“We are tremendously gratified that Arizona lawmakers and elected officials came so quickly to realize how harmful the anti-LGBTQ curriculum law is, and moved so rapidly to repeal it,” said Michael Soto, Executive Director, Equality Arizona. “A state law that explicitly demeaned and dismissed LGBTQ students and their relationships could not help but encourage abuse and discrimination at school. We are glad to see it erased from the books and are grateful to the LGBTQ leaders and allies who made the repeal possible.”
Members in the Senior Pride community are currently reporting intimidating and threatening calls impersonating Social Security.
DON’T BE A VICTIM. Learn how to recognize fraud.
In a warning posted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in December 2018, citizens are urged to be on the lookout for telephone impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority. Fraudulent callers use threatening language and state that, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action or simply experience a suspension of retirement benefits, if the citizen fails to call a provided phone number to address the issue. This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls, not call the numbers and not provide any personal information.
Diverse Elders Coalition just launched a survey directed to family caregivers in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The Caregiving Community Survey, available in multiple languages, is an opportunity for caregivers to anonymously share their experience and help Diverse Elders Coalition develop better tools and resources to meet the needs of these communities…
Cities were chosen based on multiple factors, including the percentage of LGBTQ population in the area, the city’s score according to the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce presence, the number of gay-friendly senior communities, local and state legislation protecting the LGBTQ community, cost of living for the area, the city’s SeniorScore and more.
Come out, socialize, exercise and learn salsa with our fun and knowledgeable instructors!
MAR 24 / APR 14 / APR 28
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
(Building north of parking lot)
Registration not required
Suggested donation $2-$10
Guests are invited to bring snacks or dishes – water will be provided.
No partner necessary
More info: contact us
Join us to hear Lambda Literary Award finalist Lise Weil, talk about her new book In Search of Pure Lust: A Memoir.
WED, MAY 1
411 N. 4th Ave
In this intimate memoir, Lise Weil documents an important chapter in lesbian history through the lens of her personal experiences as a lesbian coming of age in the ’70s and ’80s…
»MORE about Lise Weil and her new book
Interfaith Community Services and Southwest Folklife Alliance on behalf of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership present this symposium for rabbis, imams, pastors, faith community nurses or health promoters, congregational educators, or pastoral care ministers.
THU, MAY 2
Noon – 4pm
5550 E. 5th St
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Faith community leaders accompany people in life events, from birth to death. During important rites of passage, playing the role of a faith-based leader is a privilege and an honor. Are you equipped to provide support for those you serve, considering how they want to live until they die? What questions are faith-based leaders asking that we all can benefit from? What perspectives from faiths different from your own offer insight into dying and death?
What do you value in life? How would you wish to live as your life draws to a close? What legacy, material and spiritual, would you like to leave your loved ones and the world? What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy?
The LGBTQI+ Community is invited for a free workshop on planning for our end-of-life care, taking care of our estate, the documents needed to record our wishes and plans, and expressing our wishes to loved ones.
Brought to you by Interfaith Community Services and Partners
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: TUE, MAY 14, 2-3pm
Speaker: Marianna Schloss of Casa de la Luz Hospice
Topic: Dispelling the Hospice Myth—The Benefits Available to All
More info: contact us.
Senior Pride takes particular pride in congratulating Robert Bell, who, on February 16, 2019, will receive the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) Steve Hall Award at their annual Out Brunch.
Robert has been instrumental in the growth of Senior Pride as an organization, since it was part of Wingspan. He has served as chair and co-chair of events presenting films and authors, worked tirelessly to develop funding and resources and provided leadership in countless ways as a member of the Senior Pride Steering Committee. Robert volunteers in many ways including collating the newsletter, tabling at special events and participating in serving meals to LGBTQ youth: illustrations of his modesty and commitment to team work. Like Steve Hall, Robert is willing to take on whatever job needs to be done. »more
The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly to enjoy companionship and engage in lively discussion of a wide variety of books! Our group is diverse and welcomes all who share our interest in reading books and talking about them.
Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road
Tucson (and Vine)
»View on Google Maps
Coordinated by Les Tannenbaum
For more info: 520-312-8923 or email
Reveille Men’s Chorus is finishing its 24th season with Bless Our Show(tunes), featuring our Broadway renditions of spiritual and religious songs. Don’t miss this uplifting, campy show where we will sing and dance to songs that will feed your soul and raise the roof!
May 18, 7:30pm
May 19, 2pm
Temple of Music and Art
330 S Scott Ave
General Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Students 23 and under: FREE (with ID)
More info: 520-304-1758
In Our Own Voices offers KXCI listeners a glimpse into the experiences of the various voices that make up Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities. You’ll hear everything from stories of families, careers, coming out, to traditions, music, and everything in between. The series is hosted and produced by Dante Celeiro, Grace Gonzales, Tucker Grace, Lola Lai Jong, Jamie A Lee, Kurt B. Reighley, Erin Russ and TC Tolbert, volunteers from Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Tune in to KXCI 91.3 FM:
Monday: 2:55 PM
Tuesday: 4:55 AM
Weds: 9:55 AM
Friday: 7:55 PM
Saturday: 1:55 AM & 4:55 PM
Made possible by a grant from The Alliance Fund LGBTQ+: A Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
When you don’t know where to turn for aging information, trust the National Council on Aging (NCOA). With more than 65 years of experience advocating for older Americans, NCOA offers lots of resources to help seniors and caregivers navigate aging. Visit ncoa.org to find benefits programs, prevention tips, caregiver support and more.
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) offers presentations as well as individual assistance to help you to understand how to enroll for and navigate Medicare. Presentations and counselors are in multiple locations around town.
Become a volunteer with the only organization in southern Arizona run by and for LGBTQI+ Seniors!