Southern Arizona Senior Pride
October 2019

UA Study Needs LGBT+ Adults 50+

The University of Arizona Department of Communications announces a research study aiming to understand how LGBT+ adults aged 50 and older have communicated their identity in the past and how they continue to communicate that identity into the present. Those interested in participating in this study can indicate interest by email or by phone: 520-621-5819.

Senior Pride Support Groups

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

November 16, 2019

Honoring a Life Workshop

A free community workshop on preparing a healthcare power of attorney and living will for people of all ages.

102 E 31st St

Fortin Las Flores
South Sixth Ave
(turn left onto 31st St.)
plenty of on-street, free parking
Please avoid scented cosmetics.
Not wheelchair accessible, may use cane or walker.


Contact Lavina Tomer at 520-312-8923
or by email

November 6 and 19, 2019

Two Classes in Support of Caregivers

This November, National Caregiver Month, two classes are being offered to support long term caregivers. These classes are free, but registration is required. »MORE

Caregiving around the clock: Continuing the Journey

• Putting Supports in Place: Preparing for Change
• How Do You Know When it’s time for Supportive Housing?
• Caregiving: The Journey Continues, panel discussion (Cascades of Tucson, Casa de la Luz, Serenity Senior Services)

Caregiving around the clock: Caregiving Made Easier

• Economical Technology Helpers
• How to Keep Your Zen: Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
• Caregiving: You don’t have to do it alone, panel discussion (PimaCare at Home, Mercy Care-ALTCS, PCOA Respite)


Tuesdays, Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2019


MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, is offering a 10-week intergenerational arts program that 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, seniors, and ages in-between, together to make art. No previous art experience necessary. FREE. MOCA Tucson provides art supplies and snacks.

TUE, OCT 15 – DEC 17
PARTICIPANTS MAY JOIN AT ANY TIME THROUGH DEC 17. Just EMAIL to let MOCA know you are planning to come.
MOCA Tucson

265 S Church Ave
MOCA Tucson provides public transportation passes.
Free parking across from museum after 5pm.
»more info and to register
Questions? Contact Eli Burke with questions at 520-624-5019 or email

November 20, 2019

Senior Pride Book Club

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.
NEXT: WED, NOV 20, 2-3:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N Geronimo and Laguna
The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai


December 6, 7, 8, 2019

Reveille Men’s Chorus 2019 Holiday Show

December 6, 7:30pm
December 7, 2pm and 7:30pm
December 8, 2pm

Leo Rich Theater
260 S Church Ave

Tickets: $20 General (call for info about “Youth” tickets)
»Purchase tickets online
More info:

Reveille Men’s Chorus promotes acceptance of LGBTQI individuals in a larger context through music and the talents of its members.

December 10, 2019

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), 2-3:30pm
Himmel Park Library

1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)

NEXT: DEC 10, 2-3:30pm

Abby Jensen, legal director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and attorney with the Pima County Public Defender
US SUPREME COURT: Equality Now or Turning the Clock Back?

December 14, 15, 2019

Desert Voices Chorus December Concert

Season’s Greetings: Return to Sender
December 14 at 7pm
December 15 at 3pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E River Rd
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
More info: 520-791-9662, website
Fostering Community Through Song

Next Volunteer Orientation: January 19, 2020

Senior Pride Program Reaches Out to Isolated LGBTQ Elders

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!

SUN, JAN 19, 2020
Cornerstone Fellowship-Social Hall

2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
Requirements for volunteers:
Application, volunteer training, background check, ongoing monthly meetings and one year commitment preferred
More info: call 520-351-2724 or email

Next Volunteer Orientation: January 4, 2020

Be a Senior Pride Volunteer!

Fantastic opportunities!

Become a volunteer with the only organization in Southern Arizona run by and for LGBTQI+ seniors!

Next Senior Pride Volunteer Orientation

SAT, JAN 4, 2020
Cornerstone Fellowship-Social Hall

2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
December 9, 1948 - September 14, 2019

Curt Stubbs

You knew him even before you knew him: Hawaiian shirt, long shimmering silver goatee, curling mustache, round proud straw hat – Curt Stubbs exemplified the best this desert town offers – didn’t he call Tucson the Baked Apple? – generosity and sass. We agreed at his recent memorial reading – he wasn’t just kind, kindness is easy enough – he was more himself than that – a planner – Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders was his signature yearly event – how grateful I was to be there with my ears and my heart… »more

October 5, 2019

Brilliant Poetry from the Elders

The fifth annual Senior Pride Words of Wisdom event on October 5, 2019 at the Thornhill-Lopez Center on Fourth was well attended, and featured moving tributes to organizer Curt Stubbs, as well as brilliant poems about a diverse range of topics.

Photo credit: James Richardson

September 28, 2019

Senior Pride Marches Again!

Senior Pride marched with Tucson’s LGBTQ+ community in the Tuccson Pride Parade on September 28. Senior Pride volunteers distributed candy and information at the festival in Reid Park. Congratulations to Tucson Pride for a successful 42nd annual parade and festival!

Photo credit: James Richardson

September 19, 2019

LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

On September 19, 2019, the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund celebrated 20 years of connecting donors with projects that benefit the LGBTQ+ community in southern Arizona. Since its inception, the Alliance Fund has awarded 182 grants (totaling $873,397) to more than 65 nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in our community. The ceremony honored our local community, grant recipients and donors. The Doug Noffsinger Ally award honored Barb Smith. Grantees included Senior Pride. »See complete list of current grantees

Photo (left to right): Kent Burbank, Gretchen Field, Joyce Bolinger, Lavina Tomer, Lee Crosby

July 2019

Karin Uhlich is New Chair of LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Board

The Alliance Fund was created in 1999 by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in partnership with the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund connects donors with projects that benefit the LGBTQ community in Southern Arizona, through annual competitive grant rounds.

Karin Uhlich moved to Tucson in 1993 to serve as the CEO of the Primavera Foundation, a nonprofit organization addressing poverty and homelessness. With others, she worked 20 years ago to start the Alliance Fund. She served on the Tucson City Council from 2005-2017 and as Vice-Mayor of Tucson for two years. Currently, Karin serves people on Medicaid as the Senior Director of the System of Care for Arizona Complete Health.

September 26 - November 21, 2019

Workshop: Unpack Your Story through Visual Art and Storytelling

MOCA Tucson invites members of our 55+ community to explore personal histories through visual art and storytelling. Following the example of contemporary artist Mohamad Hafez, suitcases are used to create and share meaningful narratives. Participants choose a suitcase provided by facilitators to create scenes from their lives. Activities also include interviews and creative writing. Class culminates in a showcase where participants narrate their stories, with suitcase as center piece. We are also collaborating with local radio station, KXCi, to share participant stories. Facilitators: Dante Celeiro, Kendall Crabbe and Eli Burke.

THU, SEP 26 thru NOV 21
10am – 12pm
Armory Park Senior Center

220 South 5th Avenue
FREE. MOCA Tucson will also provide art supplies and public transportation passes.
Questions? Contact Eli Burke by email or phone: 520-624-5019
»More info

This program is generously supported by the Aroha Philanthropies.

July 2019

PCOA Creates LGBTQ Community Liaison

Sarah Bahnson
Sarah Bahnson. Photo by James Richardson

Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) has created a new position to continue to strengthen its support of LGBTQ aging communities. Sarah Bahnson has been named to the new position of LGBTQ Community Liaison. The position’s primary responsibility will be to deliver an award-winning training, Project Visibility, to care service providers to help them better serve aging LGBTQ people. It is important for LGBTQ people to receive services that are welcoming, relevant and safe; Sarah will be available for technical support and provide follow up evaluations for facilities that receive the training.
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September 2019

Apartment Community for Seniors 62+ in the Heart of Tucson

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: (520) 231-1121 or email

Gay Pride Meets Yarn

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!