Telling Our Stories

Our senior LGBTQI stories are important and valuable. On this page, you will find organizations or individuals who are collecting our stories as well as venues where you can share your story or hear the stories of others.

The ACLU of Arizona

As part of its campaign to educate Arizonans about discrimination against LGBTQ people, the ACLU of Arizona is collecting stories from LGBTQ and allied Arizonans who have experienced discrimination. Denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity? Refused service in a restaurant or other public business because of being LGBT? Stories of discrimination will help the effort to pass non-discrimination legislation in Arizona.
»Learn more on the ACLUAZ site (English)…
»Learn more on the ACLUAZ site (Spanish)…

Arizona Queer Archives (AQA)

The Arizona Queer Archives (AQA) is a collecting archives that receives collections and documents communities. The AQA is directed by Jamie A. Lee, Ph.D., and is housed at the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. The AQA is available as a site of scholarly and community research by appointment. Some collections are available for community display. To learn how you can participate in the exciting project of building our histories and providing opportunities for scholarly inquiry and community access, subscribe to our newsletter, The Noteworthy. For more info, contact us by email and/or visit the AQA website.

In Our Own Voices

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. Made possible by a grant from The Alliance Fund LGBTQ+: A Fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
»Learn more on the KXCI site

LGBTQ 55+ Writers Workshop

Bring your story to life, build community, and find your voice. This interactive workshop, which met for the first time in Fall 2018, provides a safe and nurturing environment for developing writing and presentation skills, and culminates in an event in which participants share their stories. Presented by Casa Libre and Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
»Stories from 2020 workshop
»Stories from Spring 2019 workshop
»Stories from Fall 2018 workshop
More info: email or 520-312-8923

Old Lesbians Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP)

Do you identify as a lesbian? Are you at least 70 years old? If so, the OLOHP would LOVE to hear your life story! OLOHP has been collecting the stories of “old lesbians” since 1997, documenting the unique experiences of women born in the first half of the twentieth century. Your personal life story will be added to the collection of over 400 other women’s stories being archived for research purposes at Smith College.

You will receive a bound copy of your story, which includes a transcript of your one-on-one interview and any photos or other documents that you would like included that illustrate or supplement your narrative. All interviews are confidential, and you can choose the conditions under which the project can use material from your interview.

If you are interested in sharing your story, OLOHP will be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Contact: Dana at, Beck at or Judi at

»Learn more about OLOHP at their web site…

Out Loud and Proud

91.3 KXCI Community Radio invites the LGBTS community to share coming out and related personal stories. The LGBTS Alliance Fund administered by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has made possible Outloud and Proud, a mini program devoted to sharing the stories of the LGBT/S community on 91.3 KXCI Community Radio. Each contributor tells her/his story in a five minute piece broadcast on KXCI. Rick Small is host and producer.

»Listen to Season 1…

Interested in sharing your story? Email Out Loud and Proud or call (520) 834-7342.