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Dear Community of Friends,
In recent years, we have seen a steadily growing awareness of and interest in the needs of LGBTQI+ older adults. And yet, around the country there are still only a few established programs dedicated to LGBTQI+ older adults. Thanks to our incredible team of volunteers, warm acceptance by the Tucson elder care community and your outstanding support, Southern Arizona Senior Pride is achieving a leadership role, nationally as well as locally.
“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
We are grateful for your understanding of the importance of elder LGBTQ+ pride and support, and are reaching out to you again to help us conclude this fiscal year on solid financial footing. Please continue to generously support Southern Arizona Senior Pride so that we may serve southern Arizona (and beyond!) LGBTQI+ elders for years to come.
Sincerely and thank you,
Lavina Tomer, Chair
THE LAVENDER SCARE is a documentary film chronicling a little-known chapter of American history—the U.S. government’s forty-year campaign to remove homosexuals from the federal workforce. Senior Pride was proud to present THE LAVENDER SCARE, with producer Josh Howard in person, at the Loft here in Tucson in January 2019. If you missed it, or were so moved you want to see it again, you can tune in to Arizona Public Media, PBS, Channel Six, at 9pm on Tuesday, June 18.
The Senior Pride Book Club meets monthly 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.
Third Wednesday of every month, 2-3:30pm
Ward 3 Council Office conference room
(Council member Paul Durham)
1510 E Grant Road
Tucson (and Vine)
»View on Google Maps
Next meeting: JUNE 19
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Coordinated by Les Tannenbaum
For more info: 520-312-8923 or email
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 combination to help you create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
To celebrate Pride Month 2019, Birdhouse Yarns recommends this knitting project that will recognize and celebrate you or those you love within the LGBTQIA+ community: the Ysolda Teague fingerless “Joy” mitten. Joy is a beautiful design featuring a sweet intarsia flag at the cuff, and flag colors worked throughout with simple stranded color work.
Best of all (to us here at Senior Pride anyway), 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!
Join us for a fabulous afternoon of history, herstory and fun when Bring Your Stories to Life writing workshop participants share their stories with the community.
SAT, JUN 29
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
FREE. Donations accepted.
Please don’t wear scented products.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received inquiries and complaints from Medicare beneficiaries who have been billed for Genetic Testing or Cancer Screenings performed at community events and senior centers. Representatives of genetic testing companies, including insurance agents representing these companies, attend health care events at senior centers and housing complexes offering … Continue reading FRAUD ALERT: Genetic Testing / Cancer Screening
Members in the Senior Pride community are currently reporting intimidating and threatening calls impersonating Social Security. DON’T BE A VICTIM. Learn how to recognize fraud.
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.
June 28-30, 2019, summerpride celebrates the spirit of liberation and equality ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion with a 3 day series of events including The Indigo Girls, a film screening, a happy hour, a brunch, a pool party, a gala concert honoring 50 LGBT Heroes with a tribute to Judy Garland – and more!
SUN, JUNE 30
HEAT WAVE POOL PARTY
BRUNCH AT HiFi
A FREE workshop from Social Security!
When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?
How does early retirement affect your benefits?
Do you qualify for disability, survivors and spouse benefits?
How do you get the most from your benefit?
What is the future of Social Security?
When should you file for Medicare?
Plus, learn how to use your “my Social Security” online account and other online services.
Before the workshop, go to SocialSecurity.gov and create a “my Social Security” account. Then print out your Social Security statement and bring that with you to the workshop.
With speaker, Jack Burns
Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration
TUE, JULY 2
530 N Wilmot Rd
Pima County Murphy-Wilmot Library, event coordinator
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, JUL 9, 2-3pm
Speaker: Karyn Garvin of Diversity Toastmasters Group
Topic: Learn how Tucson’s LGBTQ Toastmasters gain self confidence, personal growth and communications skills.
More info: contact us.
2 hour presentation followed by 1 hour Q&A.
No reservation required. No cost to attend.
530 N Wilmot Rd
4th Tuesday of every month starting at 2pm
(no presentation on 12/24/19)
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N First Ave
2nd Thursday of every month starting at 2pm
Pima Council on Aging neither sells nor endorses any Medicare plans.
A memorial in celebration of Dea Brasgalla’s life was held May 10, 6-8pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall.
Reverend Dea Brasgalla was an invincible force and a humanitarian for ALL. After retiring as a nurse, she lived on the Hopi Reservation for 15 years before moving to Tucson. Reverend Dea was ordained in 2015 by the United Fellowship Chapel, a three year program based in Sedona, AZ. She was an activist on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, especially for the elder community. Dea was a hardworking volunteer for Senior Pride. She was the infamous roving reporter for the Senior Pride newsletter, she initiated projects, answered the phone, showed up for meetings and events and spoke out with a sweet fierceness. She was the recipient of the Steve Hall Community Volunteer Award in 2017. Dea was devoted to Wingspan, served on the City of Tucson LGBTQ Commission, as co-chair of the Senior Pride Steering Committee, as well as a leader in her church and spiritual communities. She led a vital, fascinating, and loving life. Dea was a loving, supportive friend with a special sense of humor. She has left us the legacy of her commitment to social change. She will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances and will be missed by her closest friend and caregiver Karakwennenta Peterson. —by Lavina Tomer
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