December 9, 2017

Senior Pride Potluck News

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).

»up-to-date potluck info

December 15, 2017

FRUITCAKE

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:

FRUITCAKE
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
FREE
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

LGBTQ+ CAREGIVING FORUM: SUPPORT FOR THE JOURNEY OF CARE

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
1-3pm
Tohono Chul Park
Free
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

Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders

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

Contact Southern AZ Senior Pride for more info at 520-312-8923, email or visit us on Facebook

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%.

August 2017

Crosswalk Unveiled

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

Video Featuring Dea Brasgalla

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.

June 10, 2017

Out BRUNCH 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!
JUNE 10
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.

»MORE INFO

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
Clubhouse
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.
»MORE

June 1-2, 2017

Let’s Get Better Together 2017

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

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

DON’T. UNDERESTIMATE. US.

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.
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
FREE

»RSVP now!

You can also participate by hosting your own Stand against Racism 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
FREE
THE LOFT CINEMA
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
520-795-0844

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

»GET FULL INFO…

Gender Revolution / film by Katie Couric and National Geographic

April 2, 2017

Serving with Honor, Not Equality: LGBT Veterans, World War II to Now

SOUTHERN ARIZONA SENIOR PRIDE PRESENTS
the classic documentary:
COMING OUT UNDER FIRE

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

»SEE OUR FLYER

»MORE about the event, the film and filmmaker Arthur Dong

Still from Arthur Dong's Coming Out Under Fire

Lillian Faderman, Jim Obergefell and Amy Ellis Nutt

LGBTQ Issues at the Tucson Festival of Books

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.

»See C-SPAN video of panel discussion
»Post-panel C-SPAN Open Phone interview with Lillian Faderman

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.

March 11, 2017, Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Becoming Nicole, and Jim Obergefell, author of Love Wins, joined LILLIAN FADERMAN on UA panel.

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.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
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
SEATING IS LIMITED!!
»Learn more
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.

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…