THE PFLAG/SENIOR PRIDE HOLIDAY POTLUCK on Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 was FABULOUS! 48 in attendance! PFLAG went all out again with festive decorations, fresh flowers, amazing food, generous spirits and energetic helping hands. Senior Pride brought tasty sides and desserts. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
NEXT POTLUCK DATE: SAT, FEB 24, 2018
Because Cornerstone Fellowship Hall will be under construction for some weeks, there will be no Potluck on the 4th Saturday of January, but there WILL be a Potluck on the 4th Saturday of February (Feb 24).
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA SENIOR PRIDE and Curt Stubbs present Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1-2:30pm The U of A Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street
(north of Speedway between Mountain and Cherry)
Free parking on weekends
Featuring Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert, and 10 other wonderful older poets, including: Akiba Onade Sikwoia, Curt Stubbs, Edwin Holliday, Jr., Felicitas Sokec, James Uhrig, Joy Valerius, Karen Hanson, Lola Lai Jong, Meikil Berry, Sandy Szelag
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…
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%.
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.
Learn more about this inspiring member of our SASP community
June 10, 2017, Dea Brasgalla was honored with the Steve Hall award for service to the LGBTQ community at the OUT BRUNCH sponsored by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Learn more about Dea in this video.
summerpride is a week of LGBTI community events here in Tucson, which include The Parade and days of festival events. We celebrate the liberation and equality that was ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion.
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 receives the Steve Hall Award for volunteer contributions.
Miki Odawa receives the Ken Godat Award recognizing extraordinary long-term contributions.
Laura Alexander is honored by the Jean Baker Community Ally Award.
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
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. »MORE
6th ANNUAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON LGBTQ INTEGRATED HEALTH 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.
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.
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
FREE »RSVP now!
You can also participate by hosting your own Stand against Racism event!
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.
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
Thursday, April 20, 5–7pm
THE LOFT CINEMA
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.
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
IN PERSON: Director, Arthur Dong Following the film: Robert Bell will introduce Erin Russ, Director of Programs for Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and Jennifer Dane from the American Military Partner Association. They are LGBT veterans, who will tell their stories of serving before, during and after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Doors open at 1pm for gathering, networking and resources Program: 2-4pm Jewish Community Center
3800 E River Rd., Tucson
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, a panel of distinguished authors gathered to discuss their new books: Lillian Faderman on The Gay Revolution; Jim Obergefell on Love Wins, and Amy Ellis Nutt on Becoming Nicole.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride volunteers distributed community information at our booth on the University of Arizona mall. Southern Arizona Senior Pride was the author sponsor for Lillian Faderman, whose presentation on Sunday, March 12, will soon be available at the Arizona Queer Archives.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride also hosted a reception for volunteers and donors and honoring Lillian Faderman on Sunday afternoon, March 12.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Tucson Festival of Books
present internationally renowned historian and scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, Lillian Faderman. Ms. Faderman will be speaking on a panel on March 11 and giving a talk about her book, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle on March 12. »LEARN MORE about these two events
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.
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
SEATING IS LIMITED!! »Learn more
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.
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.
PFLAG Tucson’s 2017 Celebration of Love will be TONIGHTWednesday, 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.
Saturday, January 21, 2017, thousands of women and allies will rally in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. Satellite marches are also being planned in cities all around the U.S. In TUCSON, groups will meet at 10am at Armory Park to march to the Joel Valdez Main Library for a rally. »GET MORE INFO
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…