The Senior Forum is now published bimonthly (every two months), so be sure to check our home page news feed and our regular meetings page for event updates. Want to view a past issue? See the Senior Forum Archives.
If you believe that pride is ageless, remember Southern Arizona Senior Pride on Arizona Gives Day 2020 . The early giving period has begun!
Senior Pride is the only organization run by and for LGBTQI+ elders in Southern Arizona. We celebrate, support, and unite Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors in Southern Arizona. Your gift helps create a community in which LGBTQ older adults are safe, connected, respected, heard, and engaged. Your gift supports our FREE friendly visits program, end of life planning, social gatherings, support groups, and cultural events for LGBTQI+ older adults.
Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ seniors represent a vast range of ethnic, linguistic and national identities. During the COVID-19 crisis, many of us need resources in a first language other than English or relevant to our root ethnic identities. In this article, we’ll provide you with links to diverse elder resources.
Federal social-distancing requirements extended to April 30th… $2 trillion stimulus package passed but individuals to wait three weeks for $1,200 checks… Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issues shelter-in place advisory until April 17th… Experts predict 200,000 Americans will die from COVID-19… Federal Reserve predicts unemployment rate will hit 32%…
These dire headlines say nothing about the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community. Late last week both the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Arizona hosted virtual town halls to look at the unique challenges this pandemic is bringing to our community and marshal resources we can turn to for help.
The isolation that Senior Pride battles so diligently in normal times is suddenly required of everyone. During this crisis, Senior Pride will be publishing COVID-19 UPDATES here in our news feed to help our community navigate this period safely.
It has been two weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic and a week since Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued her emergency declaration shutting down all dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and other gathering spots in the city. Many working older adults have been furloughed or lost their jobs as businesses close, some forever, due to the spread of a coronavirus that is most deadly to the most vulnerable among us. Meanwhile, medical facilities and other services we rely on are asking us to stay away.
We are reaching out to all of you with concern about isolation during this time of crisis. Self quarantine means isolating ourselves from friends, family and social gatherings. Senior Pride wants to offer support and suggestions to interrupt isolation. It is crucial that we take care of our mental health as well as our physical health. Those of us that live alone may need extra love and all of us will need to stay close to our support circles…
As older adults we are in the most vulnerable demographic for contracting and spreading coronavirus. Many of us are vulnerable for multiple reasons. Yesterday in Arizona, Governor Ducey announced a state of emergency. There are more cancelations every day – of classes, meetings, social events, etc.
Because we are committed to our safety, in the spirit of caution Senior Pride is canceling our events for March and April. We will update you about May 2020 events.
Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.
Volunteer Executive Director
The Arizona Legislature is attacking transgender student athletes. On Thursday, February 20, 2020, the House Health and Human Services Committee voted to advance an egregious anti-transgender bill, HB 2706, out of the AZ House Health & Human Services Committee. While we were incredibly disappointed this invasive, harmful bill was passed through committee, this is not the end and we can stop this bill in the House, but your Representatives need to hear from you! Rush a message to your Representatives and ask them to vote NO on HB 2706! »Read about the proposed legislation at Equality AZ site
Tell Your Legislator – STOP HB 2706.
»Contact your legislator on the Human Rights Campaign website
Due to coronavirus precautions, Community Cares volunteers are not currently visiting their recipients and probably will not be able to do so again until the beginning of June, but we will continue phoning and talking with recipients throughout the crisis.
Are you LGBTQ, 55+, homebound or isolated? Are you disabled of any age? Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program reaches out to people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week to play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers can also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources. There is no charge for this service. Contact us at 520-351-2724 or email. Referrals are welcome and encouraged!
Be a Community Cares Volunteer!
For info about becoming a trained volunteer call 520-351-2724 or email
The Marist on Cathedral Square, an apartment community for seniors 62+ years old located in the heart of Tucson, is now leasing. BRAND NEW • affordable living • up to 875 square feet • major utilities included • membership to Armory Senior Center • near trolley stop • High-Speed Internet
More info: 602-285-1800 or email
Be on the lookout for telephone impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority. 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.
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 combo to help you create your masterpiece. The Ysolda Teague fingerless “Joy” mitten is a beautiful design featuring a rainbow intarsia flag at the cuff, with flag colors worked throughout in simple stranded color work. 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!
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, a family foundation based in Tucson founded in 1994, has approved a major grant of $25,000 to Senior Pride to join an initiative for end of life planning. Senior Pride is the only LGBTQ+ community organization to become a member of the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership…
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The Wild Geese Foundation has awarded Senior Pride a grant of $5,000 as a major boost to building the organization’s capacity. In our application to the foundation, Senior Pride stated that the objectives are to begin a transition from a grassroots organization to a more formal one that will serve LGBTQ+ older adults for generations and to increase services.
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