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NEXT: SAT, JAN 25, noon-2pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
(and Laguna, near First Ave. and Glenn)
Park on the north side of the parking lot.
More info: contact us
This 10-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. This spring we will create mixed media portraits inspired by the paintings of Amir Fallah. Stay Gold is aimed at creating an equitable and inclusive environment that fosters deeper connections within the LGBTQIA+ community by bringing youth, seniors, and ages in between together to make art. You do not need to have any previous art experience to participate. Spring 2020 facilitators: Harrison Orr and Eli Burke
JAN 21-MAR 17
NEXT: TUE, JAN 28
265 South Church Ave
(across from TCC in the old fire station)
FREE. MOCA Tucson provides art supplies, snacks, and passes for public transportation. There is free parking across from the museum after 5pm.
Questions? Contact Eli Burke at 520-624-5019 or email
This program is provided free-of-charge thanks to the Robert Barber Fund for Children’s Creativity, Alliance Fund and Aroha Philanthropies.
Come join us January 29th from 5:30-7:30pm for this FREE workshop presented by David Morden, Associate Professor of Voice and Movement in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona.
WED, JAN 29
University of Arizona
»More info plus map on Facebook
We will look at the writings of queer playwrights and authors to examine how their voices shaped public perception of homosexuality while masquerading as straight voices. We will look at their writings – and lives – beginning with Oscar Wilde. Wilde wrote with a wit that… »more
FRI, JAN 31
University of Arizona
Environment and Natural Resources Building
RSVP REQUIRED due to limited seating!
The University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, in collaboration with Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Pima Council on Aging, is conducting a day long symposium to explore and illuminate the issues of LGBT adults ages 55 and older. The symposium will include national and local experts in LGBT aging, invited representatives of key elder and/or LGBTQ+ services providers in the Tucson/Pima County area, UA faculty, staff, and students, and interested attendees from Southern Arizona….»MORE INFO
In life, loss and grief are inevitable. Every day we encounter people who are feeling challenged because someone or something they counted on is gone. You want to help, but you wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, useful and kind. This skill does not come automatically. We must learn it. This half-day interactive class is designed for people from all walks of life who occasionally find themselves in the company of someone in grief — a family member, friend, client, or patient — and want to offer comfort and care. In less than five hours we will convey contemporary information about grief support, as well as teach skills and best practices you will easily remember when the need arises.
A free workshop on preparing a healthcare power of attorney and living will for people of all ages. In January and February, the Senior Pride End of Life Planning Program is presenting the Honoring a Life workshop on two separate dates – offering two opportunities to catch this extremely useful, empowering and peace-of-mind giving workshop!
SAT, JAN 18
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
TUE, FEB 11
Desert Harmony Hospice of Tucson
1200 N. El Dorado Pl. Suite B-200
Please avoid scented cosmetics.
Contact Lavina Tomer using the Senior Pride contact form or by phone at 520-312-8923.
Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking, discussion and Senior Pride updates.
2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3:30pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)
More info: contact Senior Pride
Speaker: DR. Amanda Sokan is a faculty member in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. .
Topic: Being Your Own Rescue: Becoming a Savvy Consumer of Health Care
»MORE about this and upcoming talks
WED, FEB 12, 7:30pm
The Loft Cinema
»Regular Loft prices apply
A limited number of free tickets will be available at the door. Lesbian Looks has generously provided Senior Pride with 50 tickets. Find the Senior Pride table outside the box office to pick up yours. First come, first served!
Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.
“Made by a filmmaker who is herself, as we say in English nowadays, on fire… Sciamma is practically throwing off sparks and hot coals.” —Hollywood Reporter
Former Olivia Records women’s music artist, Lucie Blue Tremblay has continued playing live and recording on her own label Maggie & Shanti Music since the 1980s. Lucie is a very personal songwriter, drawing on her life experiences, a desire for world peace and LGBT rights. Sensitive honesty and passion characterize her songwriting. Living life wholeheartedly would be a perfect way to describe this talented artist. Her new album, Counting My Blessings, will leave you moved beyond belief.
FEB 17, 7pm
311 Congress St
»MORE INFO & PURCHASE TICKETS
TUE, FEB 18, 7pm
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Megan Rossman
FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION: Joining filmmaker Megan Rossman for Q&A will be Lesbian Herstory Archives co-founder Deborah Edel; Arizona Queer Archives founding director Jamie Lee; and distinguished historian Elizabeth Kennedy.
The Loft Cinema / FREE
“History books are generally written by and about men, with women’s contributions omitted or minimized. As underrepresented as women are in these texts, lesbian women are altogether absent. The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities, making it an indispensable resource.”
—Women and Hollywood
The Senior Pride Book Club meets 3rd Wednesday of every month 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.
WED, FEB 19, 2-3:30pm
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
Timeless Dance: A Story of Change and Loss
by Karen Shiffman Lateiner
We are excited to announce that author Karen Shiffman Lateiner will be joining us when we discuss her book!
Please join us for our Annual Education Conference, designed to fit the needs of unpaid care partners and families caring for those with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Learn more about the diseases, the latest updates on research, strategies in communication and tips on self-care. Hear the latest updates about international Alzheimer’s disease research and how the engagement of public health systems, physicians, and other healthcare professionals is changing the dementia trajectory. »BROCHURE with full info
Join health professionals, LGBTQ activists, educators, and community members for a day filled with LGBTQ-related discussions and information. FREE Make up Tutorials, Self-Defense Demonstration & 5-min Chair Massages!!
THU, FEB 27, 7pm
IN PERSON: Co-Producer and Cinematographer Jen Gilomen
The Loft Cinema / FREE
This 2019 Tom Shepard film tells the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and are now resettling in the U.S. As new leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., UNSETTLED humanizes a group few people know, who are desperately trying to create new and safer homes.
“UNSETTLED reminds viewers that homosexuality is a crime in more than 70 countries, and is punishable by death in four. LGBT asylum claims began to rise during the Obama administration, but under President Trump — shown in the film signing his 2017 executive order to drastically curtail immigration — nearly 70% of all asylum claims are denied by the Department of Homeland Security, a historic low.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is pleased to be able to host the 3rd Annual Out Brunch as a way to bring together the community to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and to honor leaders who are doing exceptional work for the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. Come, support and celebrate this year’s LGBTQ+ and allied community leaders as we present them with the Godat, Steve Hall, and Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally awards!
SAT, FEB 29
Event begins at 11am
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson
Tickets $70 each / Table of 10: $650
»more info about SAAF’s OutBrunch and its history
On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce presented the Charity of the Year Award to Lavina Tomer on behalf of Southern Arizona Senior Pride, a non profit member of the Chamber.
Are you LGBTQ, 55+, homebound or isolated? Are you disabled of any age? Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program reaches out to people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week to play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers can also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources. There is no charge for this service. Contact us at 520-351-2724 or email. Referrals are welcome and encouraged!
Be a Community Cares Volunteer!
For info about volunteering call 520-351-2724 or email
by Judith Weiser
After a classical Reform Jewish upbringing in the 1950’s and 60’s, I left home for college and essentially started my own version of “40 years of wandering in the wilderness.” In my mid-fifties, I found myself wanting to get back to my Jewish roots and checked out all of the reform congregations in Tucson. I eventually joined Congregation M’kor Hayim (“Source of Life”) after meeting and being impressed by Rabbi Helen Cohn. The congregation is the only reform group in Tucson without a religious school. Why is that significant… »MORE
The Marist on Cathedral Square, an apartment community for seniors 62+ years old located in the heart of Tucson, is now leasing. BRAND NEW • affordable living • up to 875 square feet • major utilities included • membership to Armory Senior Center • near trolley stop • High-Speed Internet
More info: 602-285-1800 or email
Our LBTQ WOMEN’S GRIEF GROUP is a weekly drop-in support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women 18 years of age and older who are looking for an accepting space in which to share loss. This facilitated, peer support group usually meets every Thursday, 1:30-3pm, EXCEPT July. »NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO
ELDER CIRCLES: THE WISDOM JOURNEY FOR LGBTQI ELDERS are facilitated discussion groups that meet the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-2:30pm, to discuss relevant topics and share stories. Each Elder Circle focuses on one of four components: life review, life repair, what is my contribution, and mentoring. Facilitator is trained and culturally responsive. »NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, a family foundation based in Tucson founded in 1994, has approved a major grant of $25,000 to Senior Pride to join an initiative for end of life planning. Senior Pride is the only LGBTQ+ community organization to become a member of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership…
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The Wild Geese Foundation has awarded Senior Pride a grant of $5,000 as a major boost to building the organization’s capacity. In our application to the foundation, Senior Pride stated that the objectives are to begin a transition from a grassroots organization to a more formal one that will serve LGBTQ+ older adults for generations and to increase services.
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Love knitting, crocheting, weaving or other fiber art? Birdhouse Yarns offers a variety of yarns and can help you choose a pattern and/or color combo to help you create your masterpiece. The Ysolda Teague fingerless “Joy” mitten is a beautiful design featuring a rainbow intarsia flag at the cuff, with flag colors worked throughout in simple stranded color work. When you purchase the Joy pattern, Birdhouse Yarns will donate 10% of proceeds to Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the EON lounge that supports LGBTQIA+ youth.
Visit Birdhouse Yarns on 2540 E 6th Street in Tucson, AZ, open seven days a week, or shop at the Birdhouse Yarns online store today!