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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS
March 2-25, 2020

Matter of Balance Spring 2020

Do you have concerns about falling? Many older adults do and restrict their activities as a result. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and help you to have the confidence to be more active again.

Eight 2-hour classes, twice a week for 4 weeks
March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1–3pm
NEXT: MON, MAR 2
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
Class size limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration required.
To sign up: call the PCOA Health Promotion Program at (520) 305-3410.

»See flyer with map
»more info

Tuesdays, Jan 21 - Mar 17, 2020

Stay Gold: An Intergenerational Arts Program at MOCA

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
TUESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm
NEXT: TUE, FEB 25
MOCA Tucson
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
»REGISTER TODAY!

This program is provided free-of-charge thanks to the Robert Barber Fund for Children’s Creativity, Alliance Fund and Aroha Philanthropies.

February 20, 2020

Arizona Legislature Attacks Transgender Student Athletes

The Arizona Legislature is attacking transgender student athletes. On Thursday, February 20, 2020, the House Health and Human Services Committee voted to advance an egregious anti-transgender bill, HB 2706, out of the AZ House Health & Human Services Committee. While we were incredibly disappointed this invasive, harmful bill was passed through committee, this is not the end and we can stop this bill in the House, but your Representatives need to hear from you! Rush a message to your Representatives and ask them to vote NO on HB 2706! »Read about the proposed legislation at Equality AZ site

Tell Your Legislator – STOP HB 2706.
»Contact your legislator on the Human Rights Campaign website

February 27, 2020

UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA

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

»more info at Lesbian Looks

February 29, 2020

Out BRUNCH 2020

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
10:30am

Event begins at 11am
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson

Tickets $70 each / Table of 10: $650
»PURCHASE TICKETS
»more info about SAAF’s OutBrunch and its history

March 10, 2020

Senior Pride Speakers Series

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

NEXT: MAR 10, 2-3:30pm

SPEAKERS: Kaitlyn Sparks and Jessica Pryde of the Pima Public Library LGBTQ+ Services Committee
TOPIC: LGBTQ+ authors at the Tucson Festival of Books and Pima Public Library LGBTQ+ library programs and services
»MORE about this and upcoming talks

April 17, 2020

Local Musicians to Rock Senior Pride Fundraiser!

Local musicians Mitzi Cowell, Sabra Faulk, Amber Norgaard will perform for Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s upcoming spring fundraiser. These are three of Tucson’s best musicians – don’t miss this incredible evening!

FRI, APR 17, 3-6pm
Monterey Court / $15

505 W Miracle Mile
(on Miracle Mile near Fort Lowell and Oracle Rd)
Reservations and pre-payment required for tables of six or more
Monterey Court offers a diverse food and beverage menu.
Reservations and more info: Monterey Court website or call 520-207-2429.

Mitzi Cowell photo: Bill Moeller

MAPPING LGBTQ EQUALITY: 2010-2020

Movement Advancement Project PDF for 2010 to 2020 report

At the start of a new decade, lawmakers across the country are moving ahead with bills that, among other things, would repeal nondiscrimination protections and make it a felony to provide transgender youth with medically necessary care. In a year when the Supreme Court will decide three cases that will either affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people employment protections—or grant employers a right to discriminate under federal law—the variety of LGBTQ laws and policies at the local, state, and federal levels makes one pause to consider: in the fight for LGBTQ equality, how much progress has been made over the past ten years?

»READ MORE!

Senior Pride Offers These Support Groups

LBTQ and looking for an accepting space in which to share loss?

The LBTQ Women’s Grief Group a weekly drop-in, facilitated peer support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women 18 years of age and older. We usually meet every Thursday, 1:30-3pm, EXCEPT July.
»NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO

NEW! LGBTQI+ Elder Support Group

Senior Pride is starting a new support/discussion group for LGBTQI+ elders to share about aging. Join us!
Third Saturday of each month, 1-2:30pm
»NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO

Community Cares 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!

For info about becoming a trained volunteer call 520-351-2724 or email

finding a spiritual home in Tucson

No More Wandering: Back to My Jewish Roots

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

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: 602-285-1800 or email

January 2020

FRAUD ALERT: Threatening phone calls impersonating Social Security

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.

»Learn more about this scam at socialsecurity.gov

»Read more at the Office of Inspector General website

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!