These organizations provide a wide array of services to our community in Tucson, Arizona.
Arts, Culture & Education
The Arizona Queer Archives is the state of Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) archive established through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. The Arizona Queer Archives collects, preserves, and makes collections accessible as we work closely with diverse LGBTQ communities throughout Arizona to develop an archive that documents and celebrates LGBTQ history.
Founded in 1988, Desert Voices is one of Tucson’s LGBTQ choruses. Committed to promoting an ongoing and positive gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender presence in the community, the chorus is a diverse mix of LGBTQ people and allies. Currently under the baton of artistic director Shawn Cullen and the expertise of Dr. Kyungsun Choi, the chorus performs in Tucson and throughout Arizona.
JFSA Pride, or JPride, is dedicated to fostering an open and affirming Jewish community for Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Jews through social and festival gatherings, community events, LGBTQ interfaith work, social action initiatives, and educational programs for adults and youth. JPride facilitates the exploration of issues and ideas important to the Southern Arizona LGBTQ Jewish community and its allies. The program offers an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ Jews; observe Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders and Yom Kippur break fasts; experience dynamic arts and education programming, and volunteer with social action projects that benefit greater Tucson.
Lesbian Looks sponsors an annual series of independent films.
Since 2016, the podcast series Making Gay History has been bringing the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others (LGBTQ+) Services Committee was established in 1997 to better serve southern Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender library users.
The committee is dedicated to upholding the Library’s Mission as well as the Library Users Bill of Rights for all of our customers. It seeks to fulfill this mission by creating exciting programs such as LGBTQ+ author visits and through participation at various outreach events such as Pride in the Desert. On a daily basis we review, order and make LGBTQ+ materials available for all PCPL users, regardless of age, location or sexual orientation. You can see lists of the committee’s recommended reads here, and the page dedicated to LGBTQ+ content and services here.
The Pima County Public Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have an established Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Services Committee. In fact, Tucson was the first municipality in Arizona to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance regarding sexual orientation.
Reveille Men’s Chorus, Tucson’s internationally recognized men’s chorus, is in its 21st year of changing lives through music. What began in 1995 as a gay men’s community chorus with an array of singers, has grown, transitioned and taken flight into a community institution of seasoned performers focused on building relationships, community and a performance experience incomparable to any other here in Southern Arizona.
TLGA (Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance) is a non-profit organization that produces and promotes education, cultural and recreational events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities in Tucson and supports other local non-profits. Events include the annual gathering Pride in the Desert and the Pride Parade.
The mission of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies is to promote LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming. The Institute maintains the Queer Archives.
2-1-1 Arizona provides this general list of LGBTQ+ health, crisis, awareness and other services. »LGBTQ+ Resources
The goal of GayTucson.com is to provide a comprehensive source of up-to-date, reliable information concerning all things LGBTQ within the Tucson region. Come to GayTucson.com to get the scoop on Tucson’s gay-owned and/or gay-friendly hotels, real estate and other businesses, gay bars and local gay-related news and events.
OutInAZ provides information relevant to the LGBTQ community. Launched by SAAF with support from the LGBT & S Alliance Fund, this website lists for restaurants, hotels and bars; government services; non-profits; health care; spiritual and religious and business services.
Health & Wellbeing
No one needs to go through this journey alone. The Desert Southwest Chapter’s purpose is to empower and support individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada. The Alzheimer’s Association is LGBTQ welcoming.
CODAC’s treatment centers offer safe, welcoming environments where everyone is celebrated for who they are. If you identify along the lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, or transgender, intersex or gender non-conforming spectrum (LGBTQI), we invite you to check out our health and wellness support services including mental health care (counseling and therapy as well as psychiatric assessment and medication management), physical health care, connections to support groups and community groups. Referrals to other LGBTQIA+ resources, including referral to hormone replacement therapies.
Are you LGBTQ, 55+, homebound or isolated in an assisted living home? Are you disabled of any age? Are you disconnected from your community and lonely? The Senior Pride Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of 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. Would you appreciate friendly visits and/or phone calls with trained volunteers who have had a background check? There is no charge for this service. Contact us at 520-351-2724 or email. Referrals are welcome and encouraged!
ICS is often the place to go in Pima County for those who have nowhere else to turn. Their programs enable seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and independent in their homes. They also assist individuals and families facing food hardship, job loss and financial crisis regain stability and gather the resources to move forward to self-sufficiency.
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
Medicare: What Same Sex Couples Should Know about Medicare
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.
»NCOA Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2019 social media messages/images that you can download and use to spread the word in your network
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.
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.
PCOA is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. PCOA offers a multiplicity of services and programs for seniors and is inclusive of LGBT older adults. PCOA is located at 8467 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ. 520-790-7262.
- Medicare Open Enrollment Presentations & Consultation: Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) offers presentations and individual assistance to help you to understand how to enroll for and navigate Medicare. »Fall 2019 dates and locations
- PCOA offers an LGBTQ-welcoming caregiver support group
- »Never Too Late, PCOA’s monthly newsletter
- »See PCOA calendar of events
- Help Line: 520.790.7262
Pima County has launched Everbridge, a Mass Notification system that allows you to be notified quickly of regional emergencies, including imminent threats to health and safety. Messages could warn of potential safety hazards, law enforcement situations, evacuations, severe weather, gas leaks, or other emergency situations. When you sign up, you specify just how you would like to receive notifications. Early notifications could save yours or the life of someone you love.
»Learn more and sign up
Social Security for Same-Sex Couples
U.S. government site that provides info about U.S. Social Security benefits for same sex couples.
»Social Security benefits for same sex couples
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. In 2014, SAAF took over several initiatives from Wingspan, formerly southern Arizona’s LGBTQ community center. This has helped to broaden SAAF’s scope of services which now include the EON Youth Lounge and the Anti-Violence Programs. The Anti-Violence Project offers 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy for LGBTQ victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes as well as case management, housing assistance and safety planning. Bilingual Anti-Violence Crisis Line: 520-624-0348 or 1-800-553-9387.
SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities. SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. SAGA provides support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.
TIHAN offers numerous and unique support services for people living with HIV, providing classes, resources, and services to help people with HIV to live well. TIHAN works within a network of faith communities to promote education and prevention of HIV/AIDS; educates clergy and laity to offer support to those affected by HIV/AIDS and advocates in the community for those affected by HIV/AIDS. TIHAN is located at 2660 N. 1st Ave., Tucson. Phone: 520-299-6647
Get informed about health and wellness issues important to seniors, socialize, and access community resources, including: weekly support groups, Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Film & Discussion Series, individual consultations, educational presentations by neurologists and other providers, lending library and MUCH MORE.
»TMC for Seniors Calendar for January through March 2019 quarterly calendar. NOTE: TMC does not publish a calendar for the months of July, August or December.
Additional info: TMC for Seniors website, phone 520-324-1960 or email.
El Rio provides affirming, respectful, high-quality healthcare to the Tucson Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.
As a healthcare institution, we work to make sure that veterans with LGBT and related identities know that they are welcome. Sexual and gender minority veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. VA health care includes, among other services: Hormone treatment, Substance use/alcohol treatment, Tobacco use treatment, Treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections/PrEP, Intimate partner violence reduction and treatment of after effects, Heart health, Cancer screening, prevention and treatment.
Housing and Homelessness
In Tucson, ARC provides emergency, temporary shelter for adults over the age of 60 in need of emergency temporary shelter and late-life domestic violence services for those living in abusive situations.
The mission of Our Family Services is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen community through counseling, education and skill building, and providing services for elders and adults with disabilities. The Center for Community Dialogue cosponsors with Southern Arizona Senior Pride the montly support group Elder Circles: The Wisdom Journey for LGBTQI Elders.
This free online service lists independent level (not assistive care) housing for all people, regardless of race, sex, religion, handicap, familial status, national origin or sexual orientation. (If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call and talk to someone who will search the website for you at 1-877-428-8844. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm Eastern time.)
Search for apartments by zip code, price, number of bedrooms, handicap accessibility, access to public transportation, and other features. See if you are eligible for Public Housing or other low-income housing options, at http://pimacountyhelp.org.
We welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (check out our LGBTQ resources!) If you think you have been a victim of housing discrimination, you can file a complaint online at www.hud.gov/complaints or call the Southwest Fair Housing Council at (520) 798-1568.
Resources for Allies
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through:
- Support, to cope with an adverse society;
- Education, to enlighten the public, and
- Advocacy, to end discrimination and the secure equal civil rights.
A training to help service providers become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families. Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), in collaboration with community agencies, offers this cultural competency training for staff at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health agencies, to increase awareness of the strengths and needs of LGBT older adults. The training includes screening of the Project Visibility DVD, with personal interviews and supportive interactive discussion, and a manual on making positive and practical changes at your agency. The goal of Project Visibility is to help our community’s service providers ensure that older LGBT adults receive long term care services that are welcoming, respectful, and safe for them. To schedule a Project Visibility training at your agency, call the PCOA Help Line at 520-790-7262.
The University of North Dakota Online Master of Science in Nursing program provides information for nurses and nurses in training about care for LGBTQ+ individuals:
• LGBTQ+ Health Disparities
• LGBTQ+ Financial Planning
• Estate Planning Issues for LGBTQ+
• Senior LGBTQ+ Inclusive Housing and Long Term Care
• General Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community