These organizations provide a wide array of services to our community in Tucson, Arizona.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund connects donors with projects that benefit the LGBT community in Southern Arizona, through annual competitive grant rounds. The Fund provides donors with a way to channel their charitable investments into efforts that are most likely to affect their issues.
No one needs to go through this journey alone. The Desert Southwest Chapter’s purpose is to empower and support individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada. The Alzheimer’s Association is LGBTQ welcoming.
In Tucson, ARC provides emergency, temporary shelter for adults over the age of 60 in need of emergency temporary shelter and late-life domestic violence services for those living in abusive situations.
The Arizona Queer Archives is the state of Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) archive established through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. The Arizona Queer Archives collects, preserves, and makes collections accessible as we work closely with diverse LGBTQ communities throughout Arizona to develop an archive that documents and celebrates LGBTQ history.
Founded in 1988, Desert Voices is one of Tucson’s LGBTQ choruses. Committed to promoting an ongoing and positive gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender presence in the community, the chorus is a diverse mix of LGBTQ people and allies. Currently under the baton of artistic director Shawn Cullen and the expertise of Dr. Kyungsun Choi, the chorus performs in Tucson and throughout Arizona.
The goal of GayTucson.com is to provide a comprehensive source of up-to-date, reliable information concerning all things LGBTQ within the Tucson region. Come to GayTucson.com to get the scoop on Tucson’s gay-owned and/or gay-friendly hotels, real estate and other businesses, gay bars and local gay-related news and events.
ICS is often the place to go in Pima County for those who have nowhere else to turn. Their programs enable seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and independent in their homes. They also assist individuals and families facing food hardship, job loss and financial crisis regain stability and gather the resources to move forward to self-sufficiency.
JFSA Pride, or JPride, is dedicated to fostering an open and affirming Jewish community for Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Jews through social and festival gatherings, community events, LGBTQ interfaith work, social action initiatives, and educational programs for adults and youth.
JPride facilitates the exploration of issues and ideas important to the Southern Arizona LGBTQ Jewish community and its allies. The program offers an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ Jews; observe Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders and Yom Kippur break fasts; experience dynamic arts and education programming, and volunteer with social action projects that benefit greater Tucson.
Lesbian Looks sponsors an annual series of independent films.
Living Out Loud is a full-spectrum integrated health and wellness resource, supporting physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health needs of persons who identify along the lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex or transgender or gender non-conforming (LGBTQI) spectrum. Services include primary care; mental health care (counseling/therapy as well as psychiatric assessment and medication management; Gender Confirmation Services, and, Support and Community Groups. Living Out Loud is a program of CODAC and the drop in and referral center is at 3130 E. Broadway Blvd. (se corner of Broadway and Country Club). Phone: 520-202-1832
Medicare: What Same Sex Couples Should Know about Medicare
»Useful info concerning medicare and same sex couples
If you are truly overwhelmed trying to figure out Medicare, check out PCOA’s great workshops and individual counseling.
With more than 65 years of experience advocating for older Americans, NCOA offers lots of resources to help seniors and caregivers navigate aging. Visit ncoa.org to find benefits programs, prevention tips, caregiver support and more.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.
The mission of Our Family is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. Our Family works to build a better community through counseling, education and skill building, services for elders and adults with disabilities, information and referral, and the Center for Community Dialogue, which cosponsors with Southern Arizona Senior Pride the monthly group Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders.
OutInAZ provides information relevant to the LGBTQ community. Launched by SAAF with support from the LGBT & S Alliance Fund, this website lists for restaurants, hotels and bars; government services; non-profits; health care; spiritual and religious and business services.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:
- Support, to cope with an adverse society;
- Education, to enlighten the public, and
- Advocacy, to end discrimination and the secure equal civil rights.
Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization with programs to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals provide a loving home and humane care to their animal companions. PAAW also has a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally.
»CURRENT and LOCAL Animal Care Specials
»More Pet Owner Resources on the Pima County No Kill website
For news and events all year long, visit PAAW on Facebook.
PCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. PCOA offers a multiplicity of services and programs for seniors and is inclusive of LGBT older adults.
- Project Visibility trains service providers at assisted living centers to become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older adults and their families.
- Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) offers presentations and individual assistance to help you to understand how to enroll for and navigate Medicare. Presentations and counselors are in multiple locations around town.
- PCOA offers an LGBTQ-welcoming caregiver support group.
»See PCOA calendar of events
PCOA is located at 8467 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ.
Pima County has launched Everbridge, a Mass Notification system that allows you to be notified quickly of regional emergencies, including imminent threats to health and safety. Messages could warn of potential safety hazards, law enforcement situations, evacuations, severe weather, gas leaks, or other emergency situations. When you sign up, you specify just how you would like to receive notifications. Early notifications could save yours or the life of someone you love.
»Learn more and sign up
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others (LGBTQ+) Services Committee was established in 1997 to better serve southern Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender library users.
The committee is dedicated to upholding the Library’s Mission as well as the Library Users Bill of Rights for all of our customers. It seeks to fulfill this mission by creating exciting programs such as LGBTQ+ author visits and through participation at various outreach events such as Pride in the Desert. On a daily basis we review, order and make LGBTQ+ materials available for all PCPL users, regardless of age, location or sexual orientation. You can see lists of the committee’s recommended reads here, and the page dedicated to LGBTQ+ content and services here.
The Pima County Public Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have an established Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Services Committee. In fact, Tucson was the first municipality in Arizona to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance regarding sexual orientation.
This free online service lists independent level (not assistive care) housing for all people, regardless of race, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, national origin or sexual orientation. (If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call and talk to someone who will search the website for you at 1-877-428-8844. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Eastern time.)
Search for apartments by zip code, price, number of bedrooms, handicap accessibility, access to public transportation, and other features. See if you are eligible for Public Housing or other low-income housing options, at http://pimacountyhelp.org.
We welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (check out our LGBTQ resources!) If you think you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint online at www.hud.gov/complaints or call the Southwest Fair Housing Council at (520) 798-1568.
A training to help service providers become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families. Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), in collaboration with community agencies, offers this cultural competency training for staff at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies, to increase awareness of the strengths and needs of LGBT older adults. The training includes screening of the Project Visibility DVD, with personal interviews and supportive interactive discussion, and a manual on making positive and practical changes at your agency. The goal of Project Visibility is to help our community’s service providers ensure that older LGBT adults receive long term care services that are welcoming, respectful, and safe for them. To schedule a Project Visibility training at your agency, call the PCOA Help Line at 520-790-7262.
Social Security for Same-Sex Couples
U.S. government site that provides info about U.S. Social Security benefits for same sex couples.
»Social Security benefits for same sex couples
Reveille Men’s Chorus, Tucson’s internationally recognized men’s chorus, is in its 21st year of changing lives through music. What began in 1995 as a gay men’s community chorus with an array of singers, has grown, transitioned and taken flight into a community institution of seasoned performers focused on building relationships, community and a performance experience incomparable to any other here in Southern Arizona.
SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities. SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. SAGA provides support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. In 2014, SAAF took over several initiatives from Wingspan, formerly southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community center. This has helped to broaden SAAF’s scope of services which now include the EON Youth Lounge and the Anti-Violence Programs. The Anti-Violence Project offers 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy for LGBTQ victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes as well as case management, housing assistance and safety planning.
Bilingual Anti-Violence Crisis Line:
520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.
Get informed about health and wellness issues important to seniors, socialize, and access community resources, including: weekly support groups, Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Film & Discussion Series, individual consultations, educational presentations by neurologists and other providers, lending library and MUCH MORE.
The TGBLTCC is a membership organization to promote and support GLBT & allies business enterprises. TGLBTCC members gather for breakfast or dinner networking meetings the third Thursday of each month. Each meeting features presentations from Chamber members, guest speakers or member networking exercises. Meetings also provide a forum for announcements and the opportunity to share business leads, needs, testimonials, and thanks. In addition to monthly meetings, members host “Out & About” gatherings – private open houses to showcase businesses, products and services to Chamber members and guests.
»Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce website
The 13-member commission acts as the official advisory body to the Tucson city government on GLBT issues. The mission of the commission is to champion equality and well‐being for all Tucsonans. In November, 1998, this issue-oriented entity was formed by the City of Tucson by order of then Mayor George Miller, after the murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. For more info, phone the City Clerk’s Office at 520-791-4213.
»Visit the commission on Facebook.
TLGA (Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance) is a non-profit organization that produces and promotes education, cultural and recreational events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities in Tucson and supports other local non-profits. Events include the annual gathering Pride in the Desert and the Pride Parade.
TIHAN works within a network of faith communities to promote education and prevention of HIV/AIDS; educates clergy and laity to offer support to those affected by HIV/AIDS and advocates in the community for those affected by HIV/AIDS. TIHAN is located at 2660 N. 1st Ave., Tucson. Phone: 520-299-6647
The mission of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies is to promote LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming. The Institute maintains the Queer Archives.
This SAGE brief offers a policy road map with detailed recommendations. SAGE is committed to ensuring that millions of LGBT older people are able to access welcoming LGBT housing in all its forms, regardless of where they live.
Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Southern Arizona prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial or marital status. Everyone who shares our commitment to this mission is welcome.
The Director of the YWCA’s Women’s Counseling Network directs the LBTQ Women’s Grief Group, which is a weekly 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 their loss. »More info about the LBTQ Women’s Grief Group