We are committed to promoting resources for our LGBTQI+ community that are welcoming and that value equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
ADVOCACY: PIMA COUNTY
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
PCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. It advocates at the national, state and local levels for policies and legislation that improve services to the aging population.
Elder Alliance Tucson
The ELDER Alliance and the Senior Impact Coalition have merged, creating a new group committed to helping older adults in all aspects of their lives. Elder involves older adults to help ensure that they remain healthy, maintain maximum independence, and are active members of their community as they age.
Tucson Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Commission
This official advisory body to the Tucson city government on GLBT issues champions 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.
Arizona American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Responsible for public education programs and litigation in defense of civil liberties. In 2016, Arizona ACLU has adopted as a primary strategic goal “To pass statewide civil liberties protections for LGBT people.”
This coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals promotes economic development in Arizona through equality and inclusion for all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. They educate, raise awareness and advocate for legislation in Arizona that provides basic protections against workplace, public accommodations and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
This organization helps achieve and maintain equal, legal rights and protections for the LGBTQ community in Arizona.
Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC)
This organization advocates for policies and programs to improve aging for racially and ethnically diverse people including American Indians and Alaska Natives and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
This national organization advocates for LGBT equality and educates the public about LGBT issues. HRC tracks state by state legislation affecting LGBT people. HRC works to encourage the adoption of LGBT-inclusive policies and practices throughout the nation. Its newsletter emails current news bulletins.
This national organization is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy advocacy.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
This non-profit, public interest law firm litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBT people and their families across the country.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
NCTE activism focuses on federal policies and laws to improve the lives of transgender Americans. They offer resources on trans aging in addition to those on a wide range of topics including anti-violence, health, housing and homelessness, immigration and travel.
National GLBTQ Task Force (The Task Force)
The country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy organization, the Task Force’s Policy Institute conducts groundbreaking research and policy analysis on issues affecting the LGBTQ community (including aging) and frequently issues reports. The Task Force advocates policies and laws that promote equality and justice for LGBTQ people and is a resource for events and news affecting the LGBTQ community throughout the nation and works to increase public support.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE elevates the voices of LGBT elders on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government. SAGE works with state-level advocates to extend vital protections to same-sex couples and participates in the White House Conference on Aging. SAGENET is a coalition of affiliates in local communities nationwide.