Senior Pride Potluck
Senior Pride Speakers Series, 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3pm
Photo from Michelle Citron's film, Lives:Visible
Coming Out Under Fire, Arthur Dong
Southern Arizona Senior Pride in the Tucson Pride march, 9/29/17
LBTQ Women’s Grief Group
Words of Wisdom poets, October 2017
Richard, with one of his paintings
Southern Arizona Senior Pride

Who is Southern Arizona Senior Pride?

Lavina Tomer, Chair of Senior Pride, describes Southern Arizona Senior Pride in this video:

September 19, 2018

Senior Pride Book Club

The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly to enjoy books and companionship!

Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
NEXT: WED, SEP 19, 2-3:30pm

Upcoming Book Club Dates and Selections

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

September 22, 2018

National Falls Prevention Day

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.

»Falling is Not a Normal Part of Aging

»6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

»New Thinking on Avoiding Deadly Falls

»How to Fall Safely: Simple rules for hitting the ground as softly as possible

Need help distributing information about preventing falls to your caregiver network?
»Sample social media messages, chock full of links to brochures, posters and videos

Sep 25-Nov 13, 2018

Stay Gold: LGBTQIA+ Youth and Older People Make Art Together

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
5:30-7:30 pm
MOCA Tucson

265 S. Church Ave

»Register for Stay Gold

Contact Eli Burke with questions at 520-269-6119 or email

September 27, 2018

10th Annual Multi-Faith PRIDE Service

THU, SEP 27, 7-8:30pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Light reception follow service

Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ
122 N Craycroft

Hosted by: Multi-Faith PRIDE Inclusion Project and Colby Olsen Foundation

Please join us in celebrating our pride in a spiritually inclusive setting. We’re celebrating 10 years of affirmation, diversity, and love! Guest Speakers include Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Kelly Fryer (Lutheran Minister), nationally acclaimed queer theology author Justin-Sabia-Tanis, and Noreen Olsen, founder of the Colby Olsen Foundation.

More info: Multi-Faith Pride Inclusion Project on Facebook

September 29, 2018

Tucson Pride in the Desert
Parade and Festival 2018

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

Step-Off 11am
S. Country Club Road/Reid Park
Online registration and payment deadline: SEP 15
»Full info on the parade

Noon to 9pm
Georges DeMeester Performance Center
900 S Randolph Way
»See map
»More info and TICKETS

Tucson Pride is pleased and honored to announce the return of Pride in the Desert! After celebrating the milestone of 40 years last September, we are excited this year to announce a fresh new direction for Tucson Pride, our community, and the power of unity in fueling positive change. The goal of this event is to offer a fun and safe space for all facets of the LGBTQIA+ family to gather and be themselves. The festival has over 50 retail, non-profit & food vendors plus community resources. A variety of entertainers, local artists and headlining acts will be performing.

October 9, 2018

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), 2-3pm
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)

NEXT: TUE, OCT 9, 2-3pm
Speaker: Dr. Jill Koyama, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona

Next after that: TUE, NOV 13, 2-3pm
Speaker: Chris Seidman, Executive Director, Unscrewed Theater
Topic: Preparing To Be Unprepared: Improv & You

More info: Call 520-312-8923 or email us.

Oct 13, 2018

Words of Wisdom IV: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders

Words of Wisdom IV: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1-3pm
The U of A Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street

(north of Speedway between Mountain and Cherry)
Free parking on weekends
Refreshments / Free Admission

Featured poets Boyer Rickel, Lola Lai Jong with Karen Hanson, Joy Valerius, Felicitas Sokec, Edwin Holliday, James Uhrig, T.C. Tolbert, Curt Stubbs, Max Randolph, Penelope Starr and Shawn Finn

Wheelchair accessible
Please don’t wear scented products.

Contact Southern AZ Senior Pride for more info at 520-312-8923, email or visit us on Facebook.

Oct 20-Nov 17, 2018

LGBTQ 55+ Writers Workshop

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
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna, near First Ave and Glenn)

Public Presentation
Sat, Dec 2, 3-7pm
Cans Deli on 4th
340 N 4th Ave

»Get the full scoop!

Senior Pride's New Program Reaches Out to Isolated Elders

Our Community Cares

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.


Community Cares reaches out to isolated LGBTQ EldersSouthern 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.
Referrals encouraged!


A Message from Lavina Tomer

June 2018 Appeal to Friends of Senior Pride

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!

»Make your tax-deductible donation now

Thank you for all of your incredible support,
Lavina Tomer, Chair

Dea helps Southern Arizona Senior Pride gather donations

LGBTQ Support Group at the UA Cancer Center

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
Room 1127
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

3rd Tuesday of Each Month

Announcing New LGBT-Welcoming Caregiver Support Group

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
Board Room
8467 E Broadway

Tucson, AZ

No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.

Pima Council on Aging logo

Need help caring for your animal companion?

PIMA Alliance for Animal Welfare logo

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!

»See CURRENT and LOCAL Animal Care Specials (on the Pima County No Kill website)

April 2018

Can’t Afford the Home Medical Equipment That You Need?

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

The Rainbow Crosswalk Project

Crosswalk Unveiled

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.