May-June 2019

Appeal to Friends of Senior Pride

Dear Community of Friends,

In recent years, we have seen a steadily growing awareness of and interest in the needs of LGBTQI+ older adults. And yet, around the country there are still only a few established programs dedicated to LGBTQI+ older adults. Thanks to our incredible team of volunteers, warm acceptance by the Tucson elder care community and your outstanding support, Southern Arizona Senior Pride is achieving a leadership role, nationally as well as locally.

“My disability left me lonely, anxious and disconnected. I am happy to have someone who visits weekly. I am energized by our conversations and have more inspiration and creativity.”
–Recipient of Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program

We are grateful for your understanding of the importance of elder LGBTQ+ pride and support, and are reaching out to you again to help us conclude this fiscal year on solid financial footing. Please continue to generously support Southern Arizona Senior Pride so that we may serve southern Arizona (and beyond!) LGBTQI+ elders for years to come.

»Make your tax-deductible donation now!

Sincerely and thank you,
Lavina Tomer, Chair

Dea helps Southern Arizona Senior Pride gather donations

June 2019

Gay Pride Meets Yarn

Love knitting, crocheting, weaving or other fiber art? Birdhouse Yarns offers a variety of yarns and can help you choose a pattern and/or color combination to help you create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

To celebrate Pride Month 2019, Birdhouse Yarns recommends this knitting project that will recognize and celebrate you or those you love within the LGBTQIA+ community: the Ysolda Teague fingerless “Joy” mitten. Joy is a beautiful design featuring a sweet intarsia flag at the cuff, and flag colors worked throughout with simple stranded color work.

Best of all (to us here at Senior Pride anyway), when you purchase the Joy pattern, Birdhouse Yarns will donate 10% of proceeds to Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the EON lounge that supports LGBTQIA+ youth.

Visit Birdhouse Yarns on 2540 E 6th Street in Tucson, AZ, open seven days a week, or shop at the Birdhouse Yarns online store today!

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

»Learn more at socialsecurity.gov

Great Resource: NCOA.org

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The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a great resource for aging information, with more than 65 years of experience advocating for older Americans. NCOA offers lots of resources to help seniors and caregivers navigate aging. Visit ncoa.org to find benefits programs, prevention tips, caregiver support and more.

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

KXCI Gives Voice to Tucson’s LGBTQI+ Community

In Our Own Voices offers KXCI listeners a glimpse into the experiences of the various voices that make up Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities. You’ll hear everything from stories of families, careers, coming out, to traditions, music, and everything in between. The series is hosted and produced by Dante Celeiro, Grace Gonzales, Tucker Grace, Lola Lai Jong, Jamie A Lee, Kurt B. Reighley, Erin Russ and TC Tolbert, volunteers from Tucson’s LGBTQ+ communities.

Tune in to KXCI 91.3 FM:
Monday: 2:55 PM
Tuesday: 4:55 AM
Weds: 9:55 AM
Friday: 7:55 PM
Saturday: 1:55 AM & 4:55 PM

»Listen to the current segment and learn more

Made possible by a grant from The Alliance Fund LGBTQ+: A Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

September 22, 2018

You Have the Power to Prevent Falls

Did you know that deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults, and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? September 22, 2018 was the 11th Annual National Falls Prevention Day. In acknowledgement, Southern Arizona Senior Pride provides the links below to articles containing useful tips and insights, as well as suggestions for distributing information about falls prevention to your caregiver network.

»Falling is Not a Normal Part of Aging

»6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

»New Thinking on Avoiding Deadly Falls

»How to Fall Safely: Simple rules for hitting the ground as softly as possible

Need help distributing information about preventing falls to your caregiver network?
»Sample social media messages, chock full of links to brochures, posters and videos

Senior Pride's New Program Reaches Out to Isolated Elders

Our Community Cares

Are you LGBTQI, 55 or older, homebound or living in a Care Community (independent or assisted living, nursing home, boarding home)? Are you disabled (of any age)? Are you isolated from your LGBTQI Community? Lonely? Senior Pride, in conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Neighbor Care Alliance, has launched a new effort to help LGBTQI elders who are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of information about services and resources that are safe and welcoming.

»TRAIN TO BE A COMMUNITY CARES VOLUNTEER ON OCT 20th!

Community Cares reaches out to isolated LGBTQ EldersSouthern Arizona Senior Pride COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAM-TUCSON would like to offer you friendly visits and/or phone calls with trained volunteers who have had a background check. There is no charge to participate in this program.

»TRAIN TO BE A COMMUNITY CARES VOLUNTEER ON OCT 20th!!

Volunteer program coordinator Kay Smith says, “People in our community who are older or disabled, and not able to easily attend social functions, are isolated and feel disconnected from the community they knew all their lives. The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of home-bound people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week for 1 to 1.5 hrs. to visit, play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers will also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources.”

Interested? Contact the Program Coordinator at 520-351-2724 or by email for an application and home visit.
Referrals encouraged!

»TRAIN TO BE A COMMUNITY CARES VOLUNTEER ON OCT 20th!!

Need help caring for your animal companion?

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Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is a compassionate volunteer organization with programs to help housebound seniors and disabled individuals provide a loving home and humane care to their animal companions. PAAW also has a trap/neuter/return program for community cats and a marketing campaign to adopt locally.

»CURRENT and LOCAL Animal Care Specials
»More Pet Owner Resources on the Pima County No Kill website
For news and events all year long, visit PAAW on Facebook.

LGBTQ Support Group at the UA Cancer Center

Weekly group for patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Family and friends are welcome.

Every Monday (except holidays), 3-4:30pm
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Room 1127
3838 N. Campbell Ave. (North of Prince)
This group includes support people.
More info and to RSVP: email or phone Brenda Casey at 520-694-0347

3rd Tuesday of Each Month

Announcing New LGBT-Welcoming Caregiver Support Group

Pima Council On Aging offers an LGBT-welcoming caregiver support group, which is open to anyone providing care for a person 60 and older, or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia of any age.

3rd Tuesday of each month
1-2:30pm
»Find out when we meet next
Pima Council on Aging
Board Room
8467 E Broadway

Tucson, AZ

No charge, but preregistration is required – call 520-609-1271.

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April 2018

Can’t Afford the Home Medical Equipment That You Need?

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) pays directly for full or partial purchase of new durable home medical equipment for people with a demonstrated need for financial support. All equipment is new and ordered for delivery to approved clients.»read more

The Rainbow Crosswalk Project

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.

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