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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS
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

2nd Tuesday of each month

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: DEC 10, 2-3:30pm

Jeanne Bjorn
Nourishing Nutrition
The Top 10 Best Nutrition Guidelines

As the holidays roll around, there are many temptations for sweet treats. As we prepare for the festivities, it’s time to think ahead to, yes, what’s actually good for us—what’s going to keep us vital and active. Jeanne received her Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition in 2006 from Clayton College of Natural Health – where her thesis work was on Dental Health and Nutrient Dense Foods. »Learn more about Jeanne Bjorn at her website

Tuesdays, Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2019

STAY GOLD: AN INTERGENERATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM AT MOCA

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
5:30-7:30pm
NEXT: TUE, DEC 10
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

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

Nov-Dec 2019

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small differences you can do to make a difference – please join us. FREE but registration is required. Register at Banner Alzheimer’s Eventbrite page or call 520-694-6889

THU, DEC 12, 3-4pm
Nanini Library

7300 N. Shannon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
Facilitator: Amber Ayers

December 14, 15, 2019

Desert Voices Chorus December Concert

Not all holiday greetings get delivered…or do they? Find out when Desert Voices puts their stamp on the many messages of the season. You won’t want to miss this holiday romp!

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 and buy tickets
More info: 520-791-9662

Fostering Community Through Song

3rd Wednesday of the month

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, DEC 18, 2-3:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N Geronimo and Laguna
God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

»FULL INFO

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!

NEXT COMMUNITY CARES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
SUN, JAN 19, 2020
2-4:30pm
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!
Glamour!
Excitement!
Rewards!!

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
1-3pm
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.

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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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!