September 10, 2019

Stand with TUSD’s LGBTQ-inclusive Curriculum Currently Under Seige by Anti-LGBTQ Groups

TUE, SEP 10, 5:30pm
5145 E 5th St, Tucson

This April, Arizona students experienced a major win with the repeal of the state’s antiquated ban on LGBTQ-inclusive education. Unfortunately, TUSD’s plans to incorporate LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum are being undermined by anti-LGBTQ groups who have shown up in large numbers to protest inclusive policies. We urge you to show up TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 for LGBTQ students at TUSD’s FINAL MEETING to consider LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum – to ensure all students will have an opportunity to receive a science-based, age-appropriate education that prepares them for health and success.

»More info and sign up

August 10, 2019

Asian American/Pacific Islander Prepare to Care Seminar in Tucson

Join us for a Prepare to Care seminar designed for Asian American and Pacific Islander caregivers of elderly loved ones and those who anticipate caring for loved ones. Our keynote speaker, General Tony Taguba, will provide perspectives on the aging population, personal experience on providing care and lessons learned. This is followed by a panel of local caregivers. We’ll be joined by the AARP Arizona state office and local caregiving organizations, who will present resources and information on the needs of our aging Asian American and Pacific Islander population.

Pima Community College
West Campus

2202 W Anklam Rd

Breakfast and lunch provided.

RSVP no later than AUG 8

July 30, 2019

HRC Social for Equality

Please join us for our HRC Social for Equality on Tuesday, July 30th. Members of the Tucson Volunteer Committee and HRC staff will be there to get to know members of the community and share upcoming volunteer activities and leadership opportunities for those looking to step up and join HRC in the fight for equality.


616 N 4th Ave
»More info & RSVP

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July 23, 2019

Tucson Mayoral Candidate Meet & Greet

In November 2019, Tucson will be electing a new mayor. Three Democrats, Randi Dorman, Steve Farley and Regina Romero, will face off in the primary on August 27. Ed Ackerley, an independent, will run unopposed in the primary and face the winning Democrat in November’s general election. There are no Republican candidates. »Read Arizona Public Media article about Tucson’s mayoral candidates

Meet the 4 candidates in person!
St. Luke’s Home

615 E Adams St, Tucson
Dining Room
Serving light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

St Luke's Home, TucsonThe mission of St. Luke’s Home is to provide quality of life for low-income elders to age with dignity in an assisted-living community.

July 2, 2019

Social Security 101

A FREE workshop from Social Security!
When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?
How does early retirement affect your benefits?
Do you qualify for disability, survivors and spouse benefits?
How do you get the most from your benefit?
What is the future of Social Security?
When should you file for Medicare?

Plus, learn how to use your “my Social Security” online account and other online services. Before the workshop, go to and create a “my Social Security” account. Then print out your Social Security statement and bring that with you to the workshop.

Jack Burns
Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration
Murphy-Wilmot Library
530 N Wilmot Rd
Pima County Murphy-Wilmot Library, event coordinator
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June 28-30, 2019

summerpride 2019

June 28-30, 2019, summerpride celebrates the spirit of liberation and equality ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion with a 3 day series of events including The Indigo Girls, a film screening, a happy hour, a brunch, a pool party, a gala concert honoring 50 LGBT Heroes with a tribute to Judy Garland – and more!

»Full info at the summerpride site

June 18, 2019

The Lavender Scare on PBS!

THE LAVENDER SCARE is a documentary film chronicling a little-known chapter of American history—the U.S. government’s forty-year campaign to remove homosexuals from the federal workforce. Senior Pride was proud to present THE LAVENDER SCARE, with producer Josh Howard in person, at the Loft here in Tucson in January 2019. If you missed it, or were so moved you want to see it again, you can tune in to Arizona Public Media, PBS, Channel Six, at 9pm on Tuesday, June 18.

»Learn more at PBS

June 2019

FRAUD ALERT: Genetic Testing / Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received inquiries and complaints from Medicare beneficiaries who have been billed for Genetic Testing or Cancer Screenings performed at community events and senior centers. Representatives of genetic testing companies, including insurance agents representing these companies, attend health care events at senior centers and housing complexes offering … Continue reading FRAUD ALERT: Genetic Testing / Cancer Screening

April 6, 2019

FRAUD ALERT: Threatening phone calls impersonating Social Security

Members in the Senior Pride community are currently reporting intimidating and threatening calls impersonating Social Security. DON’T BE A VICTIM. Learn how to recognize fraud.

Fraudulent callers use threatening language and state that, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action or simply experience a suspension of retirement benefits, if the citizen fails to call a provided phone number to address the issue. This is a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls, not call the numbers and not provide any personal information.

»Read full warning at the OIG website

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April 12, 2019

No Promo Homo Law Repealed

The former law banned public educational instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle, portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle and suggested that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”

For nearly 30 years this harmful and discriminatory law tied educators’ hands and prevented LGBTQ youth, and all students, from receiving information that impacted their health, safety and wellness.

»Read full post

February 16, 2019

Congratulations to Robert Bell!

Robert Bell

Senior Pride takes particular pride in congratulating Robert Bell, who, on February 16, 2019, received the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) Steve Hall Award at their annual Out Brunch.

Robert has been instrumental in the growth of Senior Pride as an organization, since it was part of Wingspan. He has served as chair and co-chair of events presenting films and authors, worked tirelessly to develop funding and resources and provided leadership in countless ways as a member of the Senior Pride Steering Committee. Robert volunteers in many ways including collating the newsletter, tabling at special events and participating in serving meals to LGBTQ youth: illustrations of his modesty and commitment to team work. Like Steve Hall, Robert is willing to take on whatever job needs to be done. »more

May-June 2019

LGBTQ 55+ Writers Workshop

Bring your story to life, build community and find your voice in this 4-Saturday workshop facilitated by Casa Libre volunteers and local storyteller and writer Cat Belue. Cat works with Tucson’s Female StoryTellers (FST) as a performer and selection committee volunteer.

MAY 25, JUN 1, JUN 8, JUN 15
Cornerstone Fellowship

2902 N. Geronimo

Live storytelling and anthology release event:
Cornerstone Fellowship

For more info and to REGISTER (REQUIRED):
email or 520-222-9635

»See full post that lists sponsors

June 11, 2019


AMC Loews Foothills Theaters
7401 N. La Cholla Blvd

You and a guest are invited to a free screening of ROCKETMAN, an epic musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows John’s transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. Rated R for rear male nudity, sexual content, some drug use and language throughout.

Registration is REQUIRED.
Call 1-844-418-2281
or register online

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May-June 2019

A Matter of Balance – Learn How to Prevent Falls!

Older adults concerned about falling restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an empowering program that teaches valuable fall prevention strategies.

Eight 2-hour classes, twice a week for 4 weeks
Mondays and Wednesdays
May 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, 5, 10, 12


$20 per person / $30 per couple
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson, AZ 85705

Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration is required.
Call the PCOA Health Promotion Program at (520) 305-3410.
»See flyer with map

Co-Sponsored with Southern Arizona Senior Pride

May 2019

Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

Communities that recognize and support the contributions of older adults are stronger. Honor and thank the people known and unknown who shouldered enormous risk to improve the world for all of us. HONOR OUR LGBTQI+ ELDERS.

»More at the Administration for Community Living site

May 29, 2019

Stump the Chump: Dementia Q&A

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s noted physician assistant Helle Brand, and University of Arizona Neurologist Dr. Steven Rapcsak, MD, will be presenting a “Stump the Chump” Q&A in support of people with memory loss conditions. This program offers caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, a fun, unique opportunity with open and direct access to experts in all things dementia-related. Bring your top questions and concerns and see if you’ve got the one that will Stump the Chump!

MAY 29, 9-10:30am
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Tucson

3838 N Campbell Ave
Building 2, 1st Fl
Conference Room 10116
»More info (with map) and REGISTER
Questions? 520-694-6889

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May 29, 2019

Train the Trainer

Learn to co-facilitate the 2 hour community end-of-life workshop HONORING A LIFE: Advance Care Planning Conversations – in your neighborhood, at your agency, for your faith community.

Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N. Geronimo Street

(Enter on Laguna Street)

Training is free. Snacks and lunch will be provided.
Your prior attendance at the HONORING A LIFE workshop is preferred but not mandatory.

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May 29, 2019

Honoring a Life: Advance Care Planning Workshop

How do you hope to spend the final stage of your life? Have you planned adequately for any medical situations that might arise for you? Who else needs to know what your wishes are so that you can receive what you want? Attend this free two-hour workshop and answer these critical questions. Enhance your present by planning your future.

WED, MAY 29, 9-11am
Pima Council on Aging

8467 E. Broadway
CALC room
Space is limited, register in advance!
More info and/or to register: contact End of Life Specialist Adreanna Molina at 520-546-2018

March - May 2019

Senior Pride Offers Salsa Dance Classes

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED due to low attendance.
MAR 24 / APR 14 / APR 28 / MAY 12 / MAY 26
»See flyer
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
(Building north of parking lot)
Registration not required
Suggested donation $2-$10
Guests are invited to bring snacks or dishes – water will be provided.
No partner necessary

More info: contact us

May 18 and 19, 2019

Reveille Men’s Chorus presents Bless Our Show(tunes)

Reveille Men's Chorus, May 2019, Bless our Show(tunes)

Reveille Men’s Chorus is finishing its 24th season with Bless Our Show(tunes), featuring our Broadway renditions of spiritual and religious songs. Don’t miss this uplifting, campy show where we will sing and dance to songs that will feed your soul and raise the roof!

May 18, 7:30pm
May 19, 2pm
Temple of Music and Art

330 S Scott Ave
General Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Students 23 and under: FREE (with ID)
»Get tickets
More info: 520-304-1758

May 11, 2019

Living Through End of Life Workshop

What do you value in life? How would you wish to live as your life draws to a close? What legacy, material and spiritual, would you like to leave your loved ones and the world? What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy?

The LGBTQI+ Community is invited for a free workshop on planning for our end-of-life care, taking care of our estate, the documents needed to record our wishes and plans, and expressing our wishes to loved ones.

Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th

526 N. 4th Avenue
»More at the ICS website
Please RSVP to Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services:
email or 520-526-9309

Brought to you by Interfaith Community Services and Partners

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May 2, 2019

Living Fully, Preparing for Death: a symposium for faith leaders

Interfaith Community Services and Southwest Folklife Alliance on behalf of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership present this symposium for rabbis, imams, pastors, faith community nurses or health promoters, congregational educators, or pastoral care ministers.

Noon – 4pm
Anshei Israel

5550 E. 5th St
»MORE info

Faith community leaders accompany people in life events, from birth to death. During important rites of passage, playing the role of a faith-based leader is a privilege and an honor. Are you equipped to provide support for those you serve, considering how they want to live until they die? What questions are faith-based leaders asking that we all can benefit from? What perspectives from faiths different from your own offer insight into dying and death?

April 25, 2019

Town Hall to Discuss Bill SB1249

All are welcome!

APR 25, 6-8pm
University of Arizona
College of Law, Rm 164

1201 E Speedway
Parking (accessible spots available):
1218 E Helen St
FREE after 5pm
»Event page on Facebook
More info: contact Claire Maguire

What is SB1249?
SB1249 is a non-partisan bill to extend workplace, housing, and public accommodation protections to all Arizonans, including the LGBTQ community. Not having these protections hurts Arizonans. You can be fired from your job, refused service, or denied housing without this bill. Furthermore, equality is good for Arizona! Equality sends a message about Arizona values. Without equality, our national brand, our tourism industry and our ability to attract and retain top talent suffers.

»Read the bill

»Share your story with your legislators

This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the University of Arizona

April 16 and 17, 2019

Two April Events Remember Matthew Shepard

In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left lashed to a fence to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. As Laramie braced for the trials of Matthew’s killers, filmmaker and UA professor Beverly Seckinger returned to her hometown to see how his murder was transforming the site of her own closeted adolescence—and document the town’s anguish in her moving film, LARAMIE INSIDE OUT. Along the way, Seckinger confronts “God-hates-fags” Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all LGBTQ people to hell.

A screening of Seckinger’s 2004 documentary, LARAMIE INSIDE OUT, is programmed in conjunction with the UA Presents performance of the oratorio CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD, a Grammy-nominated three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson.

TUE, APR 16, 7:30pm
Centennial Hall

WED, APR 17, 7pm
The Loft Cinema

»Trailer, clip & MORE

April 15, 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk

You and a guest are invited to a free screening of the Academy Award winning film IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK.

Harkins Arizona Pavilions 12
Tickets are FREE but registration is REQUIRED:

»FULL info, get tickets

From Academy Award Winner Barry Jenkins, adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, comes this timeless love story set in early 1970’s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish and her fiancé Fonny have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream in this lush, moving, dramatic film.

April 9, 2019

The Rest I Make Up

Don’t miss this final screening in Lesbian Looks 25th anniversary season!

(Michelle Memran, 2018)

IN PERSON: Michelle Memran

The Loft / FREE

3233 E Speedway Blvd

“Everyone always fell in love with her—male and female,” says an ex-lover of María Irene Fornés. After viewing director Michelle Memran’s fascinating documentary about, and love letter to, the charismatic Cuban-born playwright, you’ll be getting in line as well… »more

April 19, 1933 - March 26, 2019

Dea Brasgalla

A memorial in celebration of Dea Brasgalla’s life was held May 10, 6-8pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall.

Reverend Dea Brasgalla was an invincible force and a humanitarian for ALL. After retiring as a nurse, she lived on the Hopi Reservation for 15 years before moving to Tucson. Reverend Dea was ordained in 2015 by the United Fellowship Chapel, a three year program based in Sedona, AZ. She was an activist on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, especially for the elder community. Dea was a hardworking volunteer for Senior Pride. She was the infamous roving reporter for the Senior Pride newsletter, she initiated projects, answered the phone, showed up for meetings and events and spoke out with a sweet fierceness. She was the recipient of the Steve Hall Community Volunteer Award in 2017. Dea was devoted to Wingspan, served on the City of Tucson LGBTQ Commission, as co-chair of the Senior Pride Steering Committee, as well as a leader in her church and spiritual communities. She led a vital, fascinating, and loving life. Dea was a loving, supportive friend with a special sense of humor. She has left us the legacy of her commitment to social change. She will be remembered by many friends and acquaintances and will be missed by her closest friend and caregiver Karakwennenta Peterson. —by Lavina Tomer

Make a donation in Dea’s memory:
»Southern Arizona Senior Pride
»Humane Society of Tucson

April 2, 2019

Arizona Gives Day 2019

Arizona Gives Day is TODAY! Join other Arizonans in giving to local nonprofits. Arizona Gives Day strengthens our community and raises awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play.

Please remember Southern Arizona Senior Pride!
Our passion is to connect LGBTQI elders to one another and community.

Bereavement for LGBTQI+ persons may have unique intensity.

We counter isolation, sponsor cultural and social programs, promote advocacy and foster communications about services, issues and ideas. Help us grow! »Learn more about Southern Arizona Senior Pride

  • Go to the SAAF page on the Arizona Gives Day website.
  • Click the DONATE button on that page.
  • On the next page that displays, you will be asked to specify more about your donation. For “DONATION DESIGNATION,” please make sure to select SOUTHERN ARIZONA SENIOR PRIDE.

Providing visits and phone calls to homebound LGBTQI+ older people makes us a responsive and caring community. Interrupting isolation improves the health and well-being of our recipients and gives purpose to all of us who volunteer.
—Volunteer with Senior Pride Community Cares Program, Tucson

February 16, 2019

Come Out to Brunch!

Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E River Rd
Hosted by Tucson’s very own, the fabulous Tempest DuJour!

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is pleased to be able to host the 2nd Annual Out Brunch as a way to bring together the community to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and to honor leaders who are doing exceptional work for the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. This engaging community event provides a time to reflect on the great steps that have been taken not only by SAAF, but by the community at large, to build and support the LGBTQ+ community. Out Brunch raises awareness and funds to support the LGBTQ+ initiatives, programs, and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation… »read about the 2019 Out Brunch awardees

»more info at the SAAF SITE
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February 7, 2019

Free Personal Financial Planning Clinic

You are invited to a personal planning clinic on legal and financial issues addressing the unique financial and estate planning needs of LGBTQ community members and allies.

THU, FEB 7, 2019
Community Foundation Campus
5049 E Broadway Blvd.
First Floor
Tucson, AZ 85711

»See flyer

Do you have questions about:
Wills and Trusts
Individual Retirement Accounts Estate Planning issues
Donor Advised Funds Charitable giving

If you have questions about these and other similar issues, please register for a FREE 20 minute confidential no-obligation session with one of the estate planning attorneys, CPAs or financial advisors.


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February 5, 2019

LGBTQ+ Symposium & Community Fair

FEB 5, 10am-4pm
Kiewit Auditorium
UA Cancer Center

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The UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest Group presents the first UAHS LGBTQ+ Symposium and Community Fair. Keynote speakers and distinguished presenters will be presenting on research and resources that is available for the LGBTQ+ community and allies. There will also be several breakout sessions with presentations from community partners, a poster session, and a community fair throughout the day.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Feel free to attend any or all sessions! We encourage all to attend the poster sessions during lunch and /or the community fair and networking sessions.

»All info about speakers and schedule

Free health screenings available from 10am-4pm!
Free food and refreshments provided!

Please RSVP:

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January 20, 2019

The Lavender Scare

Thousands lost their jobs, some lost their lives, a courageous few fought back.

With filmmaker Josh Howard in person
SUN, JAN 20, 3-5pm

The Loft Cinema
3222 E Speedway Blvd

Advance free tickets may be picked up starting at 11:30am on January 20 at the Loft Cinema ticket counter and at the door starting at 2pm. Limit: 2 per person.

Hearing loop available – for movie only
Hearing devices available. Must ask at ticket counter
Wheelchair accessible
»More info about Loft Cinema accessibility

»See flyer

Sponsored by Southern Arizona Senior Pride