The Senior Forum is now published bimonthly (every two months), so be sure to check our home page news feed and our regular meetings page for event updates. Want to view a past issue? See the Senior Forum Archives.
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 MEETING: WED, SEP 18, 2-3:30pm
There, There by Tommy Orange
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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Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths among Arizona citizens 65 and older. The Southern Chapter of the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition is presenting a series of FREE workshops to help you stay upright!
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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
Free seminar on government retirement benefits for people approaching 55+. What to know and where to go! Featuring speakers from the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Arizona Department of Insurance, Department of Labor/Employee Benefits Security Administration, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services, and Pima Council on Aging.
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.
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
This program is generously supported by the Aroha Philanthropies.
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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THU, SEP 26, 7–8:30pm
St. Francis in the Hills
4625 E River Rd, Tucson
Hosted by Multi-Faith PRIDE Inclusion Project
»more info at St Francis in the Hills site
Please join us for the eleventh annual Multi-Faith PRIDE Service. Our theme this year is “[be]Loved Unconditionally”. Speakers include: Dr. Heather Moroso, Moroso Medical Center, Hannah Bonner, Director for Frontera Wesley and Alba Jaramillo Executive Director of AZ Justice For Our Neighbors. Music guests include PRIZM & THEM and the Raggedy Band. We will be collecting a social justice offering for AZ Justice For Our Neighbors. This intergenerational service is for families of all types and ages. Mx. Jeena Doucre will be reading “Stonewall: a Building, an Uprising, a Revolution” during Drag Queen Storytime. Celebrate PRIDE in a fun and festive spiritual setting!
The first annual Fall Prevention Fair hosted by Banner University Medicine and the University of Arizona Health Sciences empowers older adults with the tools they need to live happy, healthy lives free from the fear of falling. Join us for educational sessions from a variety of university experts, interactive workshops in balance and tai chi, a vendor fair, food and refreshments, and giveaways.
NEXT: SAT, SEP 28, 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 year’s theme, Rise Up, references the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and subsequent five decades of progress for the LGBTQ community. A theme which will look to our past for inspiration to continue the movement towards true and enduring equality. Look for Senior Pride in the parade and our booth at the festival in Reid Park! »Parade registration, vendor registration and more
Country Club & Broadway to Reid Park
noon to 9pm
Demeester Outdoor Performance Center
900 S Randolph Way
Admission: $20 (discount for vets and kids)
SOUTHERN ARIZONA SENIOR PRIDE presents
Words of Wisdom V: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders
SAT, OCT 5, 2019, 1-3pm
Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th St
526 N 4th Street
Free parking on weekends
Refreshments / Free Admission
Supported by the UA Poetry Center
Featured poet: Rebecca Seiferle
Seiferle is the author of 4 poetry collections, the recipient of a Lannon Literary Fellowship and in 2012 was named Tucson Poet Laureate. She currently teaches in 24PearlStreet online workshops and lives in Tucson and was awarded an Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant in 2019.
Community Elder Poets
Shawn Finn, Karen Hanson, Edwin Holliday, Lola Lai Jong, Joan Larkin, Max Randolph, Felicitas Sokec, Curt Stubbs, T.C. Tolbert, James Uhrig, and Joy Valerius
Please don’t wear scented products.
Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking and Senior Pride updates.
NEXT: TUE, OCT 8, 2-3pm
Speaker: James Hodges, Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau
Topic: Why is it so important to participate in the 2020 Census? (LGBTQ people have
2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)
More info: contact us
On Thursday, October 10 — on the eve of National Coming Out Day, HRC is bringing together key presidential candidates in Los Angeles to discuss critical issues facing the LGBTQ community in a historic town hall entitled Power of Our Pride. As of September 10th, six candidates have already confirmed their participation: former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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
Stories connect us. Out In Arizona chronicles the journeys of identity of six LGBTQ+ Arizonans: a pioneer of trans activism, a two-spirit member of the Hualapai Nation, a lesbian activist and mother, a gay man who is a Mexican immigrant, a transgender parent, and an intersex Veteran. This premiere event, on National Coming Out Day, will include a pre-screening reception with beverages and snacks, the film screening, and a Q&A with the filmmaker and documentary subjects.
FRI, OCT 11, 7-10pm
The Screening Room
127 East Congress Street
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!
SAT OCT 12
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
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.
Participants do not need any previous art experience and the program is free. MOCA Tucson provides art supplies, snacks, and passes for public transportation. There is free parking across from the museum after 5pm.
Fall 2019 facilitators: Melanie Gray, Harrison Orr and Eli Burke.
This program is provided free-of-charge thanks to the Robert Barber Fund for Children’s Creativity and Alliance Fund.
Pima County Public Library LGBTQ+ Services Committee invites you to our annual October Author event! This year, author Jacob Tobia will speak about gender, stereotypes, growing up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above, and how we can build a world free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism. After their presentation, Jacob will take questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will follow.
Older adults concerned about falling restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an empowering program that teaches valuable fall prevention strategies.
Eight 2-hour classes, twice a week for 4 weeks
Mondays and Wednesdays
OCT 21, 23, 28, 30
NOV 4, 6, 11, 13
$20 per person / $30 per couple
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson, AZ 85705
SIGN UP FOR A MATTER OF BALANCE TODAY!
Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration is required.
Call the PCOA Health Promotion Program at (520) 305-3410.
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Co-Sponsored with Southern Arizona Senior Pride
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!
Become a volunteer with the only organization in southern Arizona run by and for LGBTQI+ seniors!