When Robert Bell and a man he was dating in the early ’70s broke up, the man threatened to call Bell’s boss and out him as gay, in hopes of getting him fired. When Roger Osgood went to his first gay bar in the ’70s at age 28, he was absolutely petrified but knew it was the only place he could meet people who were like him. When Lavina Tomer came out as a lesbian to her family in the ’70s, she was relieved they didn’t kick her out of the family… Society has come a long way in its treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, but as one aspect of their identities has become more accepted, they’ve gained another trait that, in some ways, has pushed them back toward the outskirts…
Have you ever wished for a safe, accepting space where you can share your story, create new art, and make new friends? Casa Libre de Solana, in collaboration with Senior Pride, is offering a FREE 5-week, multi-style writing workshop for LGBTQI older people (55+) in Fall 2018 that culminates in a public reading.
Bring Your Story to Life Workshop
Saturdays, Oct 20-Nov 17, 10am-12:30pm
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna, near First Ave and Glenn)
Sat, Dec 2, 3-7pm
Cans Deli on 4th
340 N 4th Ave
FRI, NOV 2, 2018, 7am-3pm
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 East Sunrise Drive
Dr. Candi Cann, keynote speaker, leads an all-star team of presenters sharing their end of life experiences and the various ways we grieve our losses as individuals, communities, and cultures.
7:00 – 8:15am: Registration & Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30am: Welcoming Remarks
8:30 – 9:30am: Keynote by Dr. Candi Cann
9:45 – 11:15am: Workshop Session One
11:15 – 12:15pm: Lunch
12:15 – 1:45pm: Workshop Session Two
2:00 – 3:00pm: Closing Dying to Eat by Dr. Candi Cann and Dr. Maribel Alvarez
The Judy Clinco Scholarship Fund assists professional caregivers in attending the annual End of Life Conference by covering the cost of registration fees.
When a Filipina trans woman is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism. A modern David and Goliath story, CALL HER GANDA fuses personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little-known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, forging a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.
MON, NOV 5, 3-4:30pm
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
8467 E. Broadway Blvd
FREE / RSVP required by OCT 29
If you would like CEUs (continuing education units) for this training, as a Nursing Care Institution Administrator or Assisted Living Facility Manager, be sure to indicate that when you RSVP.
Project Visibility is training to help service providers and individuals become more informed, sensitive to and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families… »Read full post
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA) is partnering with the University of Arizona Division of Art and Visual Culture Education to bring you Stay Gold. This 8-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. Stay Gold is aimed at creating an equitable and inclusive environment that fosters deeper connections within the LGBTQIA+ community by bringing youth and seniors together to make art.
Tuesdays, September 25 to November 13
265 S. Church Ave
Contact Eli Burke with questions at 520-269-6119 or email
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, NOV 13, 2-3pm
Speaker: Rich Roberts (Owner, Chief Executive Officer, Miracles Life Care), who speak on “Caregiving and so much more”
Next after that: TUE, DEC 11, 2-3pm with Chris Seidman (Executive Director, Unscrewed Theater), who will speak on
“Preparing To Be Unprepared – Improv & You”
More info: Call 520-312-8923 or email us.
SAT, NOV 17
Registration at 5:30pm
Tucson Convention Center-Crystal Ballroom
260 S Church Ave
Over the last 30 years, the event has grown and changed, but the main attraction continues to be the collection of fine artwork on display in the live and silent auction. In addition to art, the auction features holiday items, gift baskets, gift certificates, celebrity collectibles, trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and paper prayers. Great opportunity to find amazing works of art and great gifts, just as the holiday shopping season begins.
Sponsored by Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly to enjoy books and companionship!
Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
NEXT: WED, NOV 21, 2-3:30pm
- NOV 21:
- Faeries, Bears and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering the Masculine by Peter Hennen
»more about this book
- Faeries, Bears and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering the Masculine by Peter Hennen
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road, Tucson (and Vine)
Coordinated by Stephen Higley
For more info: Call Steve at (520) 312-8923 or email Steve
WED, NOV 21, 2-6pm
The Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave
With special performance by the Reveille Men’s Chorus!
Many people in the LGBTQ+ community do not have a place to go where they can celebrate and simply be themselves. Colby Olsen wants to change this. Last year, the Colby Olsen Foundation held their 1st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner with the anticipation of providing a space for displaced individuals within the Tucson community, and successfully fed over 200 people. This year 300+ individuals are anticipated!
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) offers presentations and individual assistance to help you to understand how to enroll for and navigate Medicare. Presentations and counselors are in multiple locations around town.
»See flyer for dates and locations of 2018 presentations as well as individual assistance from October through December 2018.
Dates/times/locations will be changing as of January 2019.
Pima Council on Aging neither sells nor endorses any Medicare plans.
FRI, NOV 30, 7:30pm
SAT, DEC 1, 2pm
SAT, DEC 1, 7:30pm
SUN, DEC 2, 2pm
Leo Rich Theater
260 N Church
»More info at the Reveille Men’s Chorus website
Start your holidays with a visit to the island of misfit toys. Join Reveille Men’s Chorus for an adventure of song and dance where you will meet lively misfit toys that help one family realize the beauty and joy of accepting and loving people for who they are. With great barbershop, pop, opera and traditional holiday songs (plus a few songs that defy categorization), Reveille will help you laugh your way into the holiday season.
Get informed about health and wellness issues important to seniors, socialize, and access community resources, including: weekly support groups, Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Film & Discussion Series, individual consultations, educational presentations by neurologists and other providers, lending library and MUCH MORE.
Additional info: check out the TMC for Seniors website, phone 520-324-1960 or email.
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.
Volunteer program coordinator Kay Smith says, “People in our community who are older or disabled, and not able to easily attend social functions, are isolated and feel disconnected from the community they knew all their lives. The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of home-bound people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week for 1 to 1.5 hrs. to visit, play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers will also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources.”
Interested? Contact the Program Coordinator at 520-351-2724 or by email for an application and home visit.
Did you know that deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults, and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? September 22, 2018 is the 11th Annual National Falls Prevention Day. In acknowledgement, Southern Arizona Senior Pride provides the links below to articles containing useful tips and insights, as well as suggestions for distributing information about falls prevention to your caregiver network.
Need help distributing information about preventing falls to your caregiver network?
»Sample social media messages, chock full of links to brochures, posters and videos
PAAW has a program to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals get what they need for their pets.
»View Pet Owner Resources on the Pima County No Kill website
PAAW also has a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally (culminating in a mega adoption event). Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization working toward ensuring that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care.
For news and events all year long, visit PAAW on Facebook!
Dear Senior Pride Ally,
LGBT older people are more likely to experience isolation and to not have social networks that prevent loneliness and depression. LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone and to not have children or family to support or care for them. 80% of straight older adults rely on family as they age – only 20% of LGBT older people have that same safety net.
“My disability left me lonely, anxious and disconnected. I am happy to have someone who visits weekly. I am energized by our conversations and have more inspiration and creativity.”
–Recipient of Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program
Your donations, and support from Pima Council on Aging and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, helped us initiate The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson. This program seeks to end isolation in our community by providing friendly visits and phone calls to homebound people 55 and older and people with disabilities. Since October 2017 we have trained 20 volunteers. We currently visit and call 13 people from ages 55 – 95 who are isolated and alone. They want connection to their LGBT community. THEY NEED US. WE NEED EACH OTHER.
Your outstanding generosity also enables Senior Pride to produce quality cultural events such as films, lectures, and poetry readings, as well as monthly potlucks, support groups, book club, speakers, the newsletter and other media outreach. Thank you for acknowledging that Senior Pride is a vital part of our community. Donate today. Consider a Monthly Donation.
We are the generation who threw open the doors of LGBT equality. We will not stop now!
Thank you for all of your incredible support,
Lavina Tomer, Chair
Weekly group for patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Family and friends are welcome.
Every Monday (except holidays), 3-4:30pm
University of Arizona Cancer Center
3838 N. Campbell Ave. (North of Prince)
This group includes support people.
More info and to RSVP: email or phone Brenda Casey at 520-694-0347
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
»Find out when we meet next
Pima Council on Aging
8467 E Broadway
No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) pays directly for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.»read more
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.