Dec 7-9, 2018

Desert Voices Chorus Presents Holiday Memories

Desert Voices Tucson, Fostering Community Through Song

Desert Voices is kicking off its 30th anniversary year, singing songs both familiar and new, reminiscing about holidays past, and raising our voices to celebrate our Tucson LGBTQA community. Come celebrate the holiday season with us!

We’ll also be holding a drawing for our Tuscan vacation raffle at our Sunday concert! You could win a week-long stay for four in an Italian villa, plus $1000 to spend!!

FRI, DEC 7, 7pm /$15
SAT, DEC 8, 7pm /$20
SUN, DEC 9, 3pm /$20
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

3809 E 3rd St

»Go to the Desert Voices website to learn more, buy tickets and buy raffle tickets!

December 3, 2018

LGBTQ: A History in Arizona

Himmel Park Library
1035 N. Treat Ave.

Arizona’s history of the LGBTQ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits and continues on through to the seismic shift of Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way as we talk about artists such as Keith Haring and George Quaintance and the little-known story of Nicolai De Raylan.

Presented by Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian. His passion is uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. Shore uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic.

Made possible by Arizona Humanities.

»more info at Himmel Park Library website

December 2, 2018

LGBTQ 55+ Writers Workshop Storytelling Performance

After 5 weeks of intense workshopping, the writers will be presenting a performance featuring their own stories!

Sunday, December 2nd
CANS Deli and Lounge (340 N 4th Ave)
$5-$15 suggested donation

Anthologies of participant work will be for sale at the event.

»more info at the Casa Libre website

Presented by Casa Libre and Southern Arizona Senior Pride.

November 30-December 2, 2018

Reveille Men’s Chorus Holiday Show: Island of Misfit Toys

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.

November 21, 2018

Colby Olsen LGBTQ+ Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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!

»View event on Colby Olsen website
»Go to this event on Facebook

November 17, 2018

A Final Toast: The 30th Annual Jerôme Beillard Festival for Life

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.

»More info at SAAF website
»Purchase tickets on SAAF website
Contact: Joseué Romero by email or 520-547-6099

Sponsored by Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)

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

»Learn more at the MOCA website

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

August 19, 2018

Dreamcatcher Annual Festival

SUN, AUG 19, 5-9pm
La Cocina
201 North Court Avenue
$5 cover at door
All ages

With The Drop Ladies, Ima Peepers and guest speaker, Lavina Tomer.

Come support local artists, authors, writers, speakers and performers.
Please invite your friends.

All proceeds benefit the Colby Olsen Foundation. The mission of the Colby Olsen Foundation is to raise awareness about issues that affect LGBTQ Youth & Seniors in our community.

Sponsors: Animal Birth Control of Tucson, DJ Master Mixxaz and La Cocina

»Go to Colby Olsen website for more info

»Colby Olsen on Facebook

November 2, 2018

Call Her Ganda

(PJ Raval, 2018)
FRI NOV 2, 6pm / FREE
Center for Creative Photography

1030 N Olive Rd
(UA campus)
In Person: Filmmaker PJ Raval
»more info at CALL HER GANDA website
»Docscapes site

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.

»More about film and filmmaker…

November 2, 2018

Grieving the Dead in the Twenty First Century

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.

»Full info, workshop descriptions and registration

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.

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

August 27, 2018

Free Haircut English Salon

English Salon Spa and 7-8 local stylists are giving FREE HAIRCUTS to LGBTQ+ at-risk and limited-income seniors for one day:

August 27, 2018
9am to 3pm, last appointment at 2
English Salon Spa

27 N. Scott Ave.
520 777 8997
Clients must call English Salon Spa to book appointment.

»English Salon Spa on Facebook

Free haircut for LGBTQ+ at-risk and limited-income seniors sponsored by English Salon/Spa and Colby Olsen Foundation

November 5, 2018

Project Visibility Community Training

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

June 2, 20 and 30, 2018

Authors Examine “Queer”, “CIS” and “Bi” in Stonewall Series

The Stonewall literary lecture series highlights three authors and asks suggestive questions about queer culture. Presented by the Pima County Public Library LGBTQ+ Services Committee.

June 2, Fenton Johnson considered what the LGBT movement has lost as it becomes more mainstream in “The Future of Queer: a Manifesto.” June 20, Bill Kongisberg discussed being a young adult author writing for LGBTQ youth as massive cultural shifts take place in “Is CIS Gay White the New Straight?”

Saturday, June 30, 2-4pm
Rachel Mindell
will give her talk BI IS NOT A BAD WORD, in which she will facilitate a discussion about bisexuality in terms of historical representation, literature, visibility and erasure, stereotypes and stigma, and queer nomenclature. Mindell is a poet and author who works for Submittable and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

»Read more

June 28, 2018

Gay Pride Flickathon!

Presented by members and friends of the Men’s Social Network of Tucson with the Colby Olsen Foundation.

Thu, Jun 28, 1-8pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E. Grant Road

(west of Campbell Ave on south side of Grant)
Donations welcome for snacks/non-alcoholic beverages

Flickathon presentations will include:

Come for just the film(s) you’d like to see!
»More info about films and start times

June 7, 2018

Odyssey Storytelling Presents: “Different”

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Doors open at 6:30, show at 7pm
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts

330 E. 7th Street
$10 adults, $7 students
Purchase tickets at the door.

Curated by Tony Paniagua.
Storytellers include: De Anne Dwight (“D”), Terry Filipowicz, Senior Pride’s own Lavina Tomer, Ethel Lee-Miller, Vic Roych, Jamie Salmen, Stephen Hall

»Read full story

May 18, 2018

Senior Pride, PCOA GALA Sponsor

Senior Pride is honored to have been a sponsor for the Pima Council on Aging GALA, May 18, 2018. The GALA celebrated the 50th anniversary of PCOA and was attended by over 500 people. Senior Pride and LGBT older people were acknowledged and visible.

Thank you to Robert Bell, PCOA Board Chair, and Tom Buchanan, long time Senior Pride supporters, for making the $5000 PCOA sponsorship possible. Their generosity and commitment to our mission are inspiring, outstanding and greatly appreciated.

May 19 and May 20, 2018

Reveille Men’s Chorus Spring 2018 Show

Celebrating music that spans the generations from the 60s to today, Reveille Men’s Chorus combines singing, comedy, drama, dance (and an occasional man in a dress) to explore parenthood, aging, immigration and gender.

Sat. May 19th – 7:30 pm
Sun. May 20th – 2:00 pm

Temple of Music & Art
330 S. Scott, Tucson

  • Early-bird tickets (online or from a Chorus Member): $20
    • Purchase your tickets online until Friday for $20. We WILL have tickets at the door, but they cost $25 if you wait till the day of the show.
  • At the door: $25
May 3, 2018

Community Screening of JAY

Arizona Queer Archives presents a community screening of the documentary JAY.

THU, MAY 3, 2018, 7-9pm
Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway


JAY is a documentary about spirituality, reality, perception and, ultimately perseverance and hope. JAY is a glimpse into the extraordinary and complex life of an abstract Tucson artist with an even more abstract life. Jay Kyle Petersen is a painter. He was also born intersex and raised female in rural 1950s Minnesota.

Directed by Nickolas Duarte. A Crown Chimp production. 22mins.
Official Selection of the 2017 St. Louis International Film Festival

Followed by Q & A with:
Jay Kyle Petersen
Father Tom Picton
Christina Laukaitis, MD/PhD
Nick Duarte, filmmaker
Jamie A. Lee PhD, Project Director, Arizona Queer Archives

Visit the Arizona Queer Archives to learn more about Jay Kyle Petersen.

Sponsored by the Institute for LGBT Studies, UA

April 16, 17 & 18, 2018

Meet and Complete!
Advance Care Planning Workshops

Have you had your advance care planning conversation but need help with the next step? Want to get started on your advance care plans but stumped about how to start? National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2018, and Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is celebrating by offering THREE opportunities, on April 16, 17 and 18, when you can participate in their highly motivating and informative Advance Care Planning workshop: Meet and Complete!

»Workshop Description, Dates, Times, Places and Eazy-Peazy Registration…

Interfaith Community Services logo, Tucson, AZ

March 31, 2018


»More about this film at the film website

Celebrating LGBT Health Awareness Week and the International Transgender Day of Visibility, Harmony Hospice proudly presents GEN SILENT, a documentary film from the award winning Mad Stu Productions, featuring six LGBT older adults as they deal with surviving in a care system that is hostile to their lifestyles.

Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 2–4pm
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
Suggested donation: $10 (benefits Southern Arizona Senior Pride!)
Limited seating!


March 24, 2018

March for Our Lives


MARCH FOR OUR LIVES is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming and it starts now, inspired by and led by the youth who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Refuse to allow one more needless death.

Stand with us on MARCH 24, 2018, 11am-4pm.

Jacome Plaza (Main Library Plaza)
10 West Pennington Street
Tucson, AZ


»March for Our Lives website

»March for Our Lives on Facebook

More info: Email Hannah DeSanto or Jessica Hopkins

March 10, 2018

Reveille presents Leslie Jordan EXPOSED

The 4th annual Rev It Up! presents
Leslie Jordan EXPOSED
March 10, 7:30pm (VIP reception at 6:30pm)
The FOX Theater

17 W Congress St., Tucson

Reveille is very excited to be providing an entertainment fundraiser that includes the Emmy Award winning Leslie Jordan in his one man show: EXPOSED.

The evening also includes Reveille’s annual award recognition:

  • Joel Meister Community Impact Award: Jonathan Rothschild
  • Reveille Volunteer Award: Michael Rogers
  • Reveille Leadership Award: Shawn Cullen

General show tickets: $18-$60
VIP Pre-show Reception tickets: $125

VIP package includes:
  • Hosted bar by David “Fitz” Fitzsimmons
  • Fundraiser auction
  • Meet and greet with Mr. Jordan
  • Photo ops with Fitz and Mr. Jordan
  • VIP seats at the front of house


February 24, 2018

Desert Voices Got Talent / DUETS

Desert Voices Annual Fundraiser Cabaret presents
Desert Voices Got Talent / Duets
Feb 24, 6-9pm
6245 E Bellevue St., Tucson
Tickets $50

Come to Tucson’s premiere LGBTQ chorus’ annual fundraiser cabaret, with hors d’oeuvres and libations and silent/live auction!

Do you hate singing alone? So do we! Join us for a night of duets between friends, lovers and family as we celebrate the importance of relationships with Desert Voices. From laughing to crying, we will sing through the evening.

With hostess Lucinda Holliday
Catered by Feast
Cash bar and complimentary beer/wine
Adults only/under 21 must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets are selling fast!


December 15, 2017


Senior Pride is delighted to be one of over a dozen LGBTQI+ organizations and groups coming together next Friday for a big holiday party at The Rialto Theatre:

December 15, 5-9pm
The Rialto Theatre

318 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ

Produced by G3 and Pete King in association with The Rialto Theatre Foundation.

FRUITCAKE is a FREE holiday event for the entire LGBTQI+ Community and their friends, family and allies. All are welcome, regardless of age, gender, orientation or identity.

The theatre and alley will be lit up and decorated. There will be cookies for kids and adult beverages served at multiple no-host bars, plus music and entertainment. Festive attire is encouraged (business casual or fancy dress, ugly sweaters, sexy elf, Santa’s helper…).

We hope you will join us!

This is a great opportunity for our community to mingle and celebrate together. Please help spread the word by sharing this event with friends on Facebook.

More info on Facebook and the G3 website.

November 22, 2017

LGBTQ Community Thanksgiving Dinner

You are invited to the 1st Annual Colby Olsen LGBTQ Community Thanksgiving Dinner!

Wed, Nov 22, 2:30-6:30pm
Best Western Plus
International Hotel & Suites
6801 S.Tucson Blvd

»RSVP requested

Sponsored by The Colby Olsen Foundation, IBT’s and Best Western Plus at Tucson Airport

November 2017

Pride & Remembrance 2017 with St. Francis in the Foothills

St. Francis in the Foothills includes and supports our community!

Events listed below take place at:
Community Center at St. Francis,
4625 E. River Rd (River & Swan),
Tucson, AZ

November 14-20
Trans Awareness Week

November 19, 9am
Transgender Day of Remembrance at St. Francis

November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance at the UA.

November 1, 2017


Speakers, panelists, group discussions and valuable educational resources help address the unique challenges facing LGBTQ+ caregivers and clarify ways to get the support that’s needed. Hosted by AARP Arizona and Pima Council on Aging.

Wed, Nov 1, 1–4pm
Donna R. Liggins Center
2160 North 6th Ave, Tucson

»See flyer

Please spread the word and join us.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP and register HERE or call 520-571-9884

More info: Email

AARP Family Caregivers Network
Pima Council on Aging logo

October 26, 2017

Solo Senior Gathering & Luncheon

You are a solo senior if you have no family as you approach/face/deal with aging and end of life AND you are invited to attend the Solo Senior Gathering & Luncheon!

Thu, Oct 26
Tohono Chul Park
Limited seating
Reservations required

We the solo seniors will gather informally over lunch on October 26th and share our recollections, questions, cultural traditions, concerns and other experience around end of life, grief, mourning and death.

Sponsored by the Elder Circle program of the Center for Community Dialogue and the Southwest Folklife Alliance.

Supported by:
The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

For more info and to register: contact Catherine Tornbom at 520.323.1708 x121 or email.

October 14, 2017

LGBT Senior Poets Share Their Work

Words of Wisdom, a community event at which LGBTQ senior poets share their work, returned to the University of Arizona Poetry Center on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The poetry reading showcased the voices of longtime members of the LGBTQ community the week of National Coming Out Day…

»Read full article in the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat

Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017
Curt Stubbs, docent at the UA Poetry Center and organizer of Words of Wisdom, Oct 2017

40th Anniversary of Tucson Pride

Senior Pride in the 2017 Parade

Tucson Pride celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the “Pride on Parade” on 4th Avenue, Friday, September 29 – and Southern Arizona Senior Pride was there!

September 29-30, 2017

Tucson Pride Parade and Pride in the Desert: 40th Anniversary

Tucson Pride celebrates its 40th Anniversary this month with the “Pride on Parade” on 4th Avenue, Friday, September 29. An after party follows with live music and entertainment.

“Pride in the Desert” is on Saturday, September 30, noon-9pm.
Reid Park, 100 Country Club Road

Entertainment in the park includes Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn, DJ Kash, David Hernandez and Fly by Midnight, hosted by Bunny Fufu and Tori Steele.

Pride in the Desert attracts more the 4,000 participants each year. Highlights of the festival are local, regional, and national entertainers performing live on the main stage as well as several small stages and dance areas featuring drag shows and other live entertainment. In addition to the multitude of entertainment venues, Pride in the Desert features commercial and non-profit exhibitors, a food court and interactive displays and activities.

Tickets online and at the gate are $15 for general admission and students, seniors and military for $12. Groups may be discounted 10%.

June 10, 2017

Out BRUNCH 2017


COME OUT FOR BRUNCH and join us as we honor the 2017 Godat, Steve Hall, and Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally awards recipients!
Tucson University Park Hotel
(formerly University Marriott)
880 E. 2nd Street
(free parking in hotel garage)

Tempest Dujour 2017

Hosted by Tucson’s very own, fabulous Tempest DuJour.

Bryan Safi & Erin Gibson from Throwing Shade

9:30-10am / Meet & Greet with Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson from Throwing Shade (additional ticket price)
10am / Registration opens
10:30am / Ballroom doors open
11am / Event begins

»Get more info about this year’s Out Brunch Awards

»Get information about sponsorship

MORE INFO: Phone 520 547-6171 or email Adam Ragan at SAAF

June 10, 2017

Saluting 2017 Honorees of Wingspan Awards

Southern Arizona Senior Pride salutes the 2017 honorees of Wingspan awards, given by SAAF at their annualOut Brunch (this year on June 10) for outstanding contributions to Southern Arizona’s LGBTQI community.

Dea Brasgalla, recipient of Steve Hall award
Dea Brasgalla receives the Steve Hall Award for volunteer contributions.

Miki Odawa, recipient of Ken Godat award
Miki Odawa receives the Ken Godat Award recognizing extraordinary long-term contributions.

Laura Alexander, recipient of the Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Laura Alexander is honored by the Jean Baker Community Ally Award.

»Get more info about these awards on the SAAF website
»Get the complete scoop about Out Brunch 2017

June 3, 2017

Living through the End of Life Workshop

Saguaro Sunset - Living through the End of Life workshop, June 17, 2017

What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy?

Join us Saturday, June 3, 1-3:30pm for this special workshop presented by Interfaith Community Services and Partners and co-sponsored by Southern Arizona Senior Pride.

Please RSVP to Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services by email or 520-297-6049 x221.


May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 2017

Healthy Living Workshop

This FREE workshop meets for two and a half hours once a week for six weeks, in a group of 10 to 16 participants who will each receive a FREE book.

Tuesdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6 from 2-4:30pm

The Place at Broadway East
6199 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ

This interactive program was developed by Stanford University to help adults and caregivers gain the skills needed to manage ongoing health conditions, but can also be very helpful to those that just want to make healthy lifestyle changes. Through group interaction, goal setting, and action planning, participants learn many ways to take control of their own health.

June 1-2, 2017

Let’s Get Better Together 2017

Let's Get Better Together, June 2017, Tucson, AZ

Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 Resort Dr., Tucson, AZ

Let’s Get Better Together is an annual statewide conference hosted by the LGBTQ Coalition of Southern Arizona that focuses on the improvement of education, resources and understanding of health providers serving the LGBTQ community.

More info coming soon on the new Let’s Get Better Together website!

Trump Administration Rolls Back Data Collection on LGBT Elders


Last month, SAGE raised the alarm when the Trump administration moved to erase LGBT elders from a government aging survey. The National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants is used to determine what services will be provided to older Americans in need. If this important survey stops gathering information about LGBT elders, our needs won’t be represented.

Learn more:
»The CENSUS Won’t Collect L.G.B.T. Data: That’s a Problem (New York Times)
»The Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Data Collection on LGBT Older Adults (Center for American Progress)
»Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating LGBT Elders from Key Federal Survey (SageUSA)

MAY 12, 2017 is the LAST DAY to SUBMIT PETITIONS — PLEASE SIGN NOW! »Go to SAGE’s online form to sign this petition, with the option of adding your own words, and send to the Trump administration.

SAGE - Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders - logo

April 27-30, 2017

Take a Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism

All across the United States this April, YWCAs, many other organizations and private individuals are hosting events in support of the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism. This is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.
»Find a Stand anywhere in the U.S.
Our Family Center for Community Dialogue logo
In Tucson, Our Family Center for Community Dialogue is hosting Stand Against Racism Dialogue, a brown bag lunch discussion:
Fri, April 28, noon-1pm
Our Family Services
3830 E. Bellevue St, Tucson, AZ

»RSVP now!

You can also participate by hosting your own Stand against Racism event!
»Learn about hosting an event

April 29, 2017

People’s Climate March

One week from today, people all around the country will gather to mark Donald Trump’s 100th day in office by marching in the Peoples Climate Movement. Everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril. Our loved ones feel under siege, and those in power in Washington are advancing a dark and dangerous vision of America that we know is untrue. To change everything, we need everyone. Whether it is in Washington, DC or at one of the hundreds of sister marches around the country, please join the march on April 29th to stand up for our communities and climate.

»Click here to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th.

April 28, 2017

Antigone Book Reading

The Impasse, by Franci McMahon - book cover

Friday, Apr 28, 7pm at Antigone Books, Franci McMahon will discuss her new lesbian mystery, The Impasse (Bold Strokes, $18.95).

McMahon incorporates firsthand knowledge of ranching in the West in this gripping story about Miles, a Montana ranching woman, who jumps at the chance to lead a group of women on a wilderness expedition, in hopes that it might help her move on from grief. The pack trip leads them deep into an isolated area, where exhilarating adventure rapidly morphs into perilous challenge… »READ MORE
Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

April 27-28, 2017

bell hooks at the UA

April 27, 5:30-7pm
  • bell hooks Public Talk
    • “Revolution & Resistance: Ending Domination”
    April 28
    • 3:30-4:30pm
      • bell hooks & Stephanie Troutman Film Talk
      • “Take Me to the Movies: the Politics of Imagery”

    bell hooks comes to the UA April 27-28

    • 4:30-5pm
      • Book Signing
      • Free books for first 100 UA students (must show student ID)
    • Center for Creative Photography
    • 1030 N Olive Rd
    • Tucson, AZ 85719
April 20, 2017

Revive Civility Tucson

Revive Civility Tucson

Thursday, April 20, 5–7pm
3233 East Speedway Boulevard

Now more than ever, citizens of our country are grappling with how to interact with the “other side.” Our current crisis in polarization is leading to mistrust, anger and alienation. It threatens the very fabric of our democracy.

Tucson is leading the way for the country in showing how civility brings out the best in us and how it transforms the way we live and connect with each other.

Mayor Rothschild has signed a Proclamation declaring May 2017 as Tucson’s Revive Civility Month. The Mayor, in partnership with the League of Women’s Voters of Greater Tucson, Ben’s Bells, and the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is inviting the community to engage in activities to promote civility throughout Tucson.

Come to The Loft Cinema on Thursday to learn and discuss how we can revive civility together–to make our community a better place to live, and to lead the way for our nation.

April 5 & 6, 2017

Tucson Churches Co-Host GENDER REVOLUTION Screening

GENDER REVOLUTION is a two-hour documentary released in conjunction with the National Geographic‘s January issue of same name, which made history by featuring a 9-year-old transgender girl on its cover. Produced by Katie Couric, National Geographic and World of Wonder Studios, GENDER REVOLUTION is a nuanced, complex and tender film that looks at the way gender shapes our lives and experiences and the ongoing cultural conversation surrounding the spectrum of gender identity.

Six Tucson congregations have joined to screen this documentary on two consecutive evenings:

Wed, Apr 5, 6pm @ Rincon UCC
Thu, Apr 6, 6:30pm @ St. Francis in the Foothills UMC


Gender Revolution / film by Katie Couric and National Geographic

March 7, 2017

Project Visibility Training – You Are Invited!

Tuesday, March 7, 3-4:30pm
Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway, Tucson
No cost for training.

This training is open to the Senior Pride Community and others who provide services to older adults. Project Visibility’s goal is to help our community’s service providers ensure that older LGBTQ adults receive care and services that are welcoming, informed, and respectful to LGBTQ elders. Senior Pride is a partner for these trainings.

To register or for more info:
Contact Sandy at 520-305-3413 or EMAIL.

March 3, 2017

Cris Williamson CD Release Show

Fri, Mar 3, 7pm
Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church

3269 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson, AZ
Tickets: $27.00 + service charge $1.95 = $28.95
Tickets Available ONLY at Brown Paper Tickets

BUY ONLINE or call: 1-800-838-3006
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Cris Williamson

Feb. 27, 2017

When We Rise – Epic Mini Series Premieres

Feb. 27, 2017, 8-10pm CENTRAL TIME
ABC (Tucson KGUN 9)

WHEN WE RISE, written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement–from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

»Learn more and see trailer on the ABC site

February 18, 2017

Transgender 101

February 18, 1-3pm
YWCA, 525 N Bonita Ave

Join the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and the Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force to learn about transgender people, the issues they face and how to support them in the fight for respect and equal rights.

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February 1, 2017

2017 Celebration of Love

PFLAG Tucson’s 2017 Celebration of Love will be TONIGHT Wednesday, February 1, at 7pm at the Ward VI City Council Office at 3202 E. 1st Street. Please join PFLAG in honoring Tucson’s LGBT couples and their wonderful relationships. This year’s celebration will feature a special presentation of the relationship of Mick Meader and Richard Holmes, long-time PFLAG supporters. PFLAG will have photos and readings about them. PFLAG will provide refreshments. While PFLAG has asked for RSVPs, please feel free to come without one. RSVP by email or phone: 520-360-3795.

January 21, 2017

Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders

Elder Circles are facilitated discussion groups that meet once a month (every 3rd Saturday) on a drop-in basis to discuss important topics and share stories. Each Elder Circle focuses on one of four components: life review, life repair, what is my contribution and mentoring. The facilitator is trained and culturally responsive.
Join us Sat, Jan 21, 1-2:30pm, at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall!
»More info…

December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

Celebrate and acknowledge World AIDS Day in Tucson by coming to our block party in the Lost Barrio on Thursday, Dec 1st. This event will feature arts and crafts, music and dance performances and community members speaking about their experiences living with and impacted by HIV.


Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2016

Pima Council on Aging’s 31st Annual: MEDICARE UPDATE CONFERENCE

Become an informed consumer about your 2017 Medicare benefit changes! Learn about:

  • Changes coming in 2017
  • Medicare Part A and Part B Benefits – Hospital and Medical
  • Medicare Part A and B Supplements – Medigap
  • Medicare Part C – Advantage Plans
  • Medicare Part D – Prescription Drugs
  • Frauds, Scams, and Schemes that affect you

Attendees must sign in 30 minutes prior to the start of each presentation. 2 hour presentation followed by 1 hour Q & A period.

FREE! But space is limited. Register on the PCOA site.

»Get more info, including dates/times and locations…


October 14 and 15, 2016

Queer/Trans People of Color FEST

Fri-Sat, Oct 14 and 15
La Pilita Cultural Center
420 S. Main Ave.

QTPOCFEST (Queer and/or Trans People of Color Festival) is a free festival that celebrates LGBTQIA+ People of Color. It was created to foster a safe and loving/affirming space for people of color with varying expressions of gender, sex, sexuality and culture. QTPOCFest features local artists, installations, galleries, vendors, community workshops, light food and a mix and mingle. In bringing together our identities and cultural herstories, histories and theirstories, we reclaim our narratives against the systems that marginalize our experiences.

October 14
QTPOC Mix and Mingle
Closed event – QTPOC (Queer and/or Trans People of Color) only

October 15
  • noon-3pm
    Workshops (there will be two sessions with up to 3 workshops offered at a time. These will range from writing workshops, skillshares and knowledge sharing and possible demonstrations)
  • 3-6pm
  • 3:30-9pm
    Art performances (we will have both an indoor and outdoor stage which will include music, spoken word, film and a gallery of visual art)
  • 9-10pm
    Cool down/end of event

More info:

October 13, 2016

Armory Park Center Health Fair

FREE Preventive Health Screen Event!

Thursday, Oct 13, 9am-12pm
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th St., Tucson

Skin cancer screenings
Mammogram screenings
Osteoporosis bone health exams

Sign up at Armory Park front desk.

For more info, call: 520 791-4865

Armory Park Center Health Fair Oct 13, 2016

October 9, 2016

AIDS Walk Tucson

We thought you’d like to know about this event, which is presented by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Sunday, Oct 9
Event starts at 8 am at the Joel D Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
To register, visit the SAAF website.

September 29, 2016

Community Interactive Stories from the Border

Thurs., Sept 29, 6:30-8pm
Fox Tucson Theater

Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona present Community Interactive: Stories from the Border, a live interactive event featuring a panel of respected and accomplished journalists from Mexico and the U.S. Sponsored by the Community Investment Corporation.

Fax: (520) 795-8206
Mobile: (520) 334-9442

September 29, 2016

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE (Barbara Hammer, 2015)

The Loft Cinema
Post-screening Q&A with legendary filmmaker Barbara Hammer.
Still from Welcome to this House

Lesbian Looks opens its 23rd annual season with Barbara Hammer’s 2015 lyrical documentary Welcome To This House(2015). The film explores the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)–her life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide "missing documents" of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant, with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara. » MORE…

September 12, 2016

Join AARP Arizona for a Free Screening of DESERT MIGRATION

Monday, Sept 12, 2016, 6pm
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716

Join AARP Arizona for a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of DESERT MIGRATION.

After losing friends, jobs and health to HIV/AIDS, many men were forced to create new lives, in new places that were more suited to their financial and physical needs. A large number of them migrated to Palm Springs, where a large gay population and health services already existed.

»Learn more and see trailer on the Desert Migration website.

Registration is required. RSVP for tickets today:
Call 1-844-418-2281
or get tickets on the AARP website.

June-July 2016

Mapping Q and The Latona Project

Through July 31st
University of Arizona Art Museum (UAMA)
1031 North Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ

Intergenerational art work expressing LGBTQI identity, Mapping Q (by youth) and The Latona Project (by elders) is on display at the University of Arizona Art Museum (UAMA) through July 31st.

Mapping Q is an award-winning community arts education program that invites LGTBQ+ youth ages 13-23 to explore representations of self within art, museums, and the wider community. The work created by the youth is being displayed this year across three venues: exhibitions at The UAMA and The Tucson Museum of Art and a video screening at MOCA.

At UAMA, Mapping Q is joined by The Latona Project, artistic expressions of identity, memory and hopes by LGBTQI seniors. Older adults participating in The Latona Project have enjoyed discussions by artists and art educators who then proceed to make their own art works guided by the metaphor of a hope chest, making use of an ancient practice.

Come to the UAMA this summer and see the diverse collection of “hope chest” boxes created by older adults, as well as youth’s mapping of Q!

June 18, 2016

Orlando Prayer Vigil

Saturday, June 18, 4:30pm
Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church
3269 North Mountain (N. of Fort Lowell), Tucson AZ

Join Tucson’s faith communities in this prayer vigil, a gathering to comfort and strengthen the LGBT community in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.

June 17-19, 2016

Bisbee Pride 2016

Bisbee Pride 2016Come join the Pride celebration Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th in mile high Bisbee, AZ – the coolest town this side of the Mississippi – with fabulous events, performers, parade and more!!
More info at the website or on Facebook.

June 12, 2016

Candelight Vigil

In light of the act of hate and terror in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in US history, targeting members of the LGBT community, a candlelight vigil took place at 8pm, Sunday night, at 522 N 4th Avenue. The gathering began at 7pm in front of IBTs (Tucson’s historic gay bar of 30 years, located at 616 N 4th Ave), and proceeded down the street to 522 N 4th Avenue where a program was held in solidarity and remembrance. Happening during Pride Month, a time of celebration of the diversity of our community, this tragedy takes on even more sadness. However, we affirm that nothing, not violence nor hatred nor terrorism, can stop the gift of love given to all of us. In this vigil, a community comes together in love. Please join us in solidarity.

May 26, June 2 and June 9, 2016

Latona Project: LGBTQ Senior Identity in the Art Museum

May 26, June 2 and June 9, 6-9pm

You are invited to participate in this FREE program at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Participants will explore important issues of senior LGBTQ identity through tailored art tours, guest speakers, and an art-making workshop led by artist Eli Burke. Participants of The Latona Project will also have their artworks exhibited at the University of Arizona Museum of Art Summer 2016.

Contact and RSVP: Contact David Romero by phone at (520) 240-8028 or by email.

The Latona Project has been made possible by the donors to the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts and by donors to the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

June 4, 2016

Treasures for TIHAN

Treasures for TIHAN Benefit Auction

June 4, 6pm
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E 2nd St.
Tickets: $65 in advance; $75 at the door.
To order tickets, call (520) 299-6647 or order online at the TIHAN website

Live and silent auction to benefit the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) with live entertainment and food.

June 3, 2016

Let’s Get Better Together

June 3
Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 Resort Dr., Tucson

Let’s Get Better Together is an annual statewide conference hosted by the LGBTQ Coalition of Southern Arizona that focuses on the improvement of education, resources and understanding of health providers serving the LGBTQ community. »Learn more on Facebook.

May 15, 2016

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 2016

Sunday, May 15, 6:30pm
Historic Y
300 East University Blvd
Tucson, AZ
FREE – all welcome!

One of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots campaigns for HIV awareness, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries. Our Tucson event will include music, reading of the names of people lost to HIV and AIDS and a candlelighting.

Learn more about this annual event at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial website…

March 29 through May 3, 2016

A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo

March 29 through May 3:
Every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ

Casa de la Luz Hospice and the Tucson Botanical Gardens have begun a series of free experiential workshops helping the living to engage with the end of life. A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo began at the end of March and continues every Tuesday until May 3rd.

Reservations can be made through:
Sally Saunders
Bereavement Program Assistant
Casa de la Luz Hospice
520-544-9890 or email Sally

Find out more HERE.

April 28, 2016

Take Back the Night (Recuperemos la Noche) Tucson

Thursday, April 28, 5:30-9pm
House of Neighborly Service
1243 W. 33rd St, South Tucson

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual event to raise public awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and to support survivors in peaceful vigilance. This year’s event will include live local music, march, rally, resource fair, dance, poetry, and art displays.

Learn more on Facebook.

April 27, 2016

Connections That Count

Wednesday, April 27, 5-7:30pm
Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.
Tucson, AZ

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona honors Martha and Augusto Ortiz and long time local LGBT activist Noel Matkin at its annual event, Connections That Count!

Reception and networking: 5-6:30pm
Program and award presentations: 6:30-7:30pm

RSVP now at Eventbrite.

April 23, 2016

Jell-O Wrestling Benefit Auction and Extravaganza

Saturday, April 23
4th Ave and 7th St.
Gates open at 6 pm and wrestling will be from 6:30 to 10:30pm.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s Jell-O Wrestling Benefit Auction and Extravaganza features teams of wrestlers donned in extraordinary costumes wrestling in a pit of Jell-O. Between matches, Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a panoply of unique items.

The 2016 Jell-O raffle prize is two tickets for Jennifer Lopez in concert at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 8 and a $200 Visa gift card. Tickets are $1 each and no more than 3,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased at SAAF.

April 15, 2016

Pima Council on Aging GENERATIONS GALA

Friday, April 15, 6pm
Westin La Paloma Resort
3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson

Each year, Pima Council on Aging’s Generations Gala honors a special local family for generations of service to the Tucson community. This year we are pleased to honor the Klaehn-Quilliam Family at our 2016 Generations Gala on Friday, April 15. The event will again be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Sponsorships and tickets are available.

Contact: Kimberly Hoidal at (520) 780-0504.

»More info or buy tickets…

April 7, 2016

End of Life Seminar

April 7, 9am-noon
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Conference Room
2250 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is offering a special seminar on End-of Life issues. Tani Bahti will speak about the importance of understanding Hospice care. Margi Rhodes will speak about funeral pre-planning issues. There is no cost.


March 25, 2016

Death Discourse Dinner

Kristine Bentz
Kristine Bentz

Friday, March 25, 5:30-7pm
Death Discourse Dinner : Contemporary and Non-Traditional Perspectives on End of Life 
YWCA of Southern Arizona
525 N. Bonita Ave.
Sponsored by Southwest Folklife AllianceFree Event (donations for light meal accepted).
Speaker: Kristine Bentz, Interfaith Minister and Hospice Chaplain.
Limited seating, so please RSVP to: Leia Maahs, 520-621-0714 or 520-621-4046 or email Leia

March 22, 2016

Tucson Pride Drag Bingo

Tuesday, March 22, 7-9pm
Tucson Pride Drag Bingo

with your Host Lady Ashley, Miss Copper City America 2016!
Playground, 278 E. Congress St.

March 20, 2016

HOTT FUNdraiser

Sunday, March 20, 1pm
HOTT Annual FUNdraiser

Food, dancing and general fun with Hawaiian theme – featuring Hawaiian shaved ice truck.

Since 2011, Helping Others Thrive Together, (HOTT) has provided goods, services and donations to many organizations, including SAAF, TIHAN, Camp Born This Way, animal welfare organizations, teen pregnancy programs and foster care agencies. Our annual fundraiser is our primary source of contributions for the year. Those who contribute to HOTT, may earmark where they want their donation to go or allow the board to decide based on our written guidelines.

HOTT was started and is currently run by lesbians and focuses to a great extent on the lesbian community, but embraces the entire LGBTQ community, and a little beyond. For more information about HOTT, our March 20th FUNdraiser or to nominate an organization that can benefit from our help, call 520-744-0017.

March 12, 2016

Why a Will?

Mimi Petro
Saturday, March 12, 2-4pm
Tucson City Council Ward III Office
1510 East Grant Road

Mimi Petro of the Udall Law Firm presents practical information about estate planning.

RSVP by March 11: Lauren Lederman at 520-547-6119 or email Lauren.

Sponsored by Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN).

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