Southern Arizona Senior Pride presents the fifth annual Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders. The diverse voices of local poets express universal themes. Community elder poets include: Shawn Finn, Karen Hanson, Edwin Holliday, Lola Lai Jong, Joan Larkin, Max Randolph, Felicitas Sokec, Curt Stubbs, T.C. Tolbert, James Uhrig, Joy Valerius and Rebecca Seiferle, our featured poet this year.
SAT, OCT 5, 2019, 1-3pm Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th St
526 N 4th Street
Free parking on weekends Refreshments / Free Admission
Wheelchair accessible Please don’t wear scented products. More info: Contact Southern AZ Senior Pride at 520-312-8923, email or visit us on Facebook
FEATURED POET Rebecca Seiferle Seiferle is the author of 4 poetry collections, the recipient of a Lannon Literary Fellowship and in 2012 was named Tucson Poet Laureate. She currently teaches in 24PearlStreet online workshops and lives in Tucson and was awarded an Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant in 2019.
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
2902 N. Geronimo FREE
Live storytelling and anthology release event:
SAT, JUN 29
For more info and to REGISTER (REQUIRED): email or 520-222-9635
PFLAG Tucson and Southern Arizona Senior Pride invite you to our annual holiday intergenerational potluck!
Dec 15, 2018, noon to 2pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 North Geronimo
(near First Ave and Glenn)
The parking lot is east of Geronimo on the north side of Laguna.
Social Hall is the building at the back of the lot. Wheelchair accessible.
PFLAG will provide soft drinks, meat entrees, potatoes and gravy. Everyone else please bring vegetables, salads, vegan and vegetarian dishes. (Remember to label your dishes for gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and nuts.)
PFLAG members: please call J. Wickey at 520-869-1809 if you would like to volunteer to help with food items. Thank You!
Please join us for this special community gathering!
Have you ever wished for a safe, accepting space where you can share your story, create new art, and make new friends? Casa Libre de Solana, in collaboration with Senior Pride, is offering a FREE 5-week, multi-style writing workshop for LGBTQI older people (55+) in Fall 2018 that culminates in a public reading.
Bring Your Story to Life Workshop
Saturdays, Oct 20-Nov 17, 10am-12:30pm
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna, near First Ave and Glenn)
Sat, Dec 2, 3-7pm
Cans Deli on 4th
340 N 4th Ave
SOUTHERN ARIZONA SENIOR PRIDE presents Words of Wisdom IV: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1-3pm The U of A Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street
(north of Speedway between Mountain and Cherry)
Free parking on weekends
Refreshments / Free Admission
Featured poets Boyer Rickel, Lola Lai Jong with Karen Hanson, Joy Valerius, Felicitas Sokec, Edwin Holliday, James Uhrig, T.C. Tolbert, Curt Stubbs, Max Randolph, Penelope Starr and Shawn Finn
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
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.
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
Sunday, November 13, 1:30-4:30pm
Water of Life MCC Church Suggested donation: $15.00
Benefit for Southern Arizona Senior Pride with local musicians, comedy and raffle. Please come and help make this a success! »More info…
Saturday, Oct 8, 2pm University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Featured poets include Meikil Berry, Dea Brasgalla,
Edwin Holliday, Randolph, Lola Lai Jong, Curt
Stubbs (the organizer of this event), Sandy Szelag,
Joy Valerius, Karen Hansen, Felicitas Sokec.
September 17, 2016
2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson
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?
Interfaith Community Services presents this workshop, sponsored by Southern Arizona Senior Pride, on planning end-of-life care, the documents needed to record our wishes and expressing our wishes to loved ones.
Please RSVP to Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services by email or phone: 520-207-6049 x221.
Tuesday, May 24, 3-4:30pm
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
8467 E Broadway Blvd.
This is the next in a series of events in which we examine LGBTQ senior needs and how to address them. The objective of this series is to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of older LGBTQ adults.
You do not need to have been at previous meetings in this series to come to this one.
In this event, Next Steps: Action Planning, teams formed in previous meetings will report on Cultural Competency for Long Term Care Providers, Advocacy (for changing laws/ordinances to prevent discrimination), Health Care Access and Social Interaction and People of Color.
In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. In Next Steps: It’s Time to Act on March 24th, we turned our attention to the priorities that emerged from questionnaires compiled in preceding events.
The meeting is facilitated by Sandy Davenport of PCOA, Lavina Tomer of Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Sylvia Mulka of the LGBT&S Alliance Fund and Abby Jensen of the Tucson GLBT Commission. LGBTQ and allies are encouraged to participate.
Thursday, March 24, 2-4 pm
Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway
Co-facilitated by Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), Southern Arizona Senior Pride, the LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund and
the Tucson LGBT Commission. VIEW FLYER
Join a discussion about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona and develop action plans to address them. In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. Our March 24th discussion will include findings of priorities expressed on questionnaires compiled from the two events. NOW IT’S TIME to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of our older LGBTQ adults.
Facilitators: Sandy Davenport (PCOA); Lavina Tomer, So. AZ Senior Pride; Kirsten Birner, LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund, and Davin “Dax” Franklin-Hicks, Tucson LGBT Commission.
Join us March 10, 1-3pm, as speakers present information on same sex marriage regarding social security, Medicare, and long-term care services. Speakers include Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, Pima Council on Aging; Stephanie Hartell, Medicare Coordinator, Pima Council on Aging; Jack Burns, Social Security Administration, Public Affairs Specialist.
Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church
3269 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson RSVP Required: 520-292-9151 OR firstname.lastname@example.org VIEW FLYER
SOUTHWEST PREMIERE of feature length documentary film: REEL IN THE CLOSET
About 350 people attended the Southern Arizona Senior Pride Community Forum at the Tucson Jewish Community Center to attentively view the film REEL IN THE CLOSET and archival interviews with local LGBT community members. In addition, Serena Worthington from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) discussed current research on issues confronting LGBT seniors.
Stu Maddox and Serena Worthington
Stu Maddux, REEL IN THE CLOSET filmmaker, was present to answer questions about the making of the film, crafted from home movies from past decades of hidden LGBT culture. Joseph Howell, director of development for the of the University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, spoke about the Arizona Queer Archives. To add to the excitement, 25 organizations, some who were sponsors, had tables of information about programs, services and resources.
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 / 1-5 pm FREE The Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ VIEW FLYER
6:30 pm, October 12
Southern Arizona Senior Pride co-sponsored screening of the film PRIDE presented by the Wingspan Multi-Faith Working Group. This film, based on a true story, depicts a strike by Welsh coal miners joined by intrepid gay and lesbian activists.
Oct 21, 2pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center
GEN SILENT is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Stu Maddux delineating the isolation of aging gays, lesbians and transgender people seeking health care.
The screening, attended by an audience of over 300 people, was presented in partnership with the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, Pima Council on Aging, and local health service providers.
Sponsored by the Wingspan Senior Pride (now Southern Arizona Senior Pride!).