December 10, 2016


SAT, Dec 10, 2016, noon-3pm

PFLAG will provide main meat dishes.
Vegans, please feel free to bring and introduce us to humane entrees!
Everyone else please bring side dishes and desserts, etc.
There is NO COST.

Cornerstone Fellowship Hall
2902 N. Geronimo
(and Laguna…near First Ave. and Glenn)

Lovely celebration! Amazing food! JOIN US!

December 2, 3 and 4, 2016 (4 performances)

Reveille Men’s Chorus “Making Spirits Bright”

Fri. December 2, 2016, 7:30pm
Sat. December 3, 2016, 3pm
Sat. December 3, 2016, 7:30pm
Sun. December 4, 2016, 3pm

Leo Rich Theater
260 S Church Ave (near Tucson Convention Center).
Tickets: $27

December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

Celebrate and acknowledge World AIDS Day in Tucson by coming to our block party in the Lost Barrio on Thursday, Dec 1st. This event will feature arts and crafts, music and dance performances and community members speaking about their experiences living with and impacted by HIV.


November 30, 2016

Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force Launches WE STAND TOGETHER.

Reports of verbal assault and harassment are on the rise across the U.S., including Tucson. In response, the Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force launched We Stand Together, a network to make Tucson a safe place for all.

We Stand Together was launched on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at YWCA’s Frances McClelland Community Center.  Speakers at this event discussed what is happening in Tucson, how to intervene safely when you see someone being victimized and practical tips for responding effectively when your family or friends say things that are bigoted or prejudiced (even when they are just “joking”). Silence is no longer an option. We must speak out and stand up for each other.

This event was co-sponsored by: Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force, YWCA, Jewish History Museum, Women’s Resource Center (UA) and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Together, we can make Tucson a safer place for everyone. Thank you for taking part in this effort!

Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2016

Pima Council on Aging’s 31st Annual: MEDICARE UPDATE CONFERENCE

Learn about 2017 Medicare benefit changes!

  • Changes coming in 2017
  • Medicare Part A and Part B Benefits – Hospital and Medical
  • Medicare Part A and B Supplements – Medigap
  • Medicare Part C – Advantage Plans
  • Medicare Part D – Prescription Drugs
  • Frauds, Scams, and Schemes that affect you

Attendees must sign in 30 minutes prior to the start of each presentation. 2 hour presentation followed by 1 hour Q & A period.


»Get more info, including dates/times and locations…


SAGE Publishes Statement about Orlando Shooting

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) published the statement below today about the killings in Orlando, Florida:

LGBT and Latino Elders Stand in Solidarity on Orlando Shooting | La Comunidad LGBT Latina y Personas de Edad Avanzada Estan Solidarios ante la Tragedia en Orlando

[NEW YORK, NY] As leaders from organizations working to advance equality and to counteract discrimination against the LGBT and Latino communities, we unite today to condemn the outrageous violence that took the lives of more than 50 of our brothers and sisters last night in Orlando…

»Read full post with Spanish translation

October 14 and 15, 2016

Queer/Trans People of Color FEST

Fri-Sat, Oct 14 and 15
La Pilita Cultural Center
420 S. Main Ave.

QTPOCFEST (Queer and/or Trans People of Color Festival) is a free festival that celebrates LGBTQIA+ People of Color. It was created to foster a safe and loving/affirming space for people of color with varying expressions of gender, sex, sexuality and culture. QTPOCFest features local artists, installations, galleries, vendors, community workshops, light food and a mix and mingle. In bringing together our identities and cultural herstories, histories and theirstories, we reclaim our narratives against the systems that marginalize our experiences.

October 14
QTPOC Mix and Mingle
Closed event – QTPOC (Queer and/or Trans People of Color) only

October 15
  • noon-3pm
    Workshops (there will be two sessions with up to 3 workshops offered at a time. These will range from writing workshops, skillshares and knowledge sharing and possible demonstrations)
  • 3-6pm
  • 3:30-9pm
    Art performances (we will have both an indoor and outdoor stage which will include music, spoken word, film and a gallery of visual art)
  • 9-10pm
    Cool down/end of event

More info:

October 13, 2016

Armory Park Center Health Fair

FREE Preventive Health Screen Event!

Thursday, Oct 13, 9am-12pm
Armory Park Center
220 S. 5th St., Tucson

Skin cancer screenings
Mammogram screenings
Osteoporosis bone health exams

Sign up at Armory Park front desk.

For more info, call: 520 791-4865

Armory Park Center Health Fair Oct 13, 2016

October 9, 2016

AIDS Walk Tucson

We thought you’d like to know about this event, which is presented by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Sunday, Oct 9
Event starts at 8 am at the Joel D Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
To register, visit the SAAF website.

October 8, 2016

Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQ Elders

Presented by Southern Arizona Senior Pride!

Saturday, Oct 8, 2pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Featured poets include Meikil Berry, Dea Brasgalla,
Edwin Holliday, Randolph, Lola Lai Jong, Curt
Stubbs (the organizer of this event), Sandy Szelag,
Joy Valerius, Karen Hansen, Felicitas Sokec.

See our FLYER!

September 29, 2016

Community Interactive Stories from the Border

Thurs., Sept 29, 6:30-8pm
Fox Tucson Theater

Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona present Community Interactive: Stories from the Border, a live interactive event featuring a panel of respected and accomplished journalists from Mexico and the U.S. Sponsored by the Community Investment Corporation.

Fax: (520) 795-8206
Mobile: (520) 334-9442

September 29, 2016

WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE (Barbara Hammer, 2015)

The Loft Cinema
Post-screening Q&A with legendary filmmaker Barbara Hammer.
Still from Welcome to this House

Lesbian Looks opens its 23rd annual season with Barbara Hammer’s 2015 lyrical documentary Welcome To This House(2015). The film explores the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)–her life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide "missing documents" of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant, with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara. » MORE…

September 17, 2016

Living through the End of Life

September 17, 2016
Cornerstone Fellowship

2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson

What do you value in life?
How would you wish to live as your life draws to a close?
What legacy, material and spiritual, would you like to leave your loved ones and the world?
What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy?

Interfaith Community Services presents this workshop, sponsored by Southern Arizona Senior Pride, on planning end-of-life care, the documents needed to record our wishes and expressing our wishes to loved ones.

Please RSVP to Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services by email or phone: 520-207-6049 x221.

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September 12, 2016

Join AARP Arizona for a Free Screening of DESERT MIGRATION

Monday, Sept 12, 2016, 6pm
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716

Join AARP Arizona for a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of DESERT MIGRATION.

After losing friends, jobs and health to HIV/AIDS, many men were forced to create new lives, in new places that were more suited to their financial and physical needs. A large number of them migrated to Palm Springs, where a large gay population and health services already existed.

»Learn more and see trailer on the Desert Migration website.

Registration is required. RSVP for tickets today:
Call 1-844-418-2281
or get tickets on the AARP website.

June-July 2016

Mapping Q and The Latona Project

Through July 31st
University of Arizona Art Museum (UAMA)
1031 North Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ

Intergenerational art work expressing LGBTQI identity, Mapping Q (by youth) and The Latona Project (by elders) is on display at the University of Arizona Art Museum (UAMA) through July 31st.

Mapping Q is an award-winning community arts education program that invites LGTBQ+ youth ages 13-23 to explore representations of self within art, museums, and the wider community. The work created by the youth is being displayed this year across three venues: exhibitions at The UAMA and The Tucson Museum of Art and a video screening at MOCA.

At UAMA, Mapping Q is joined by The Latona Project, artistic expressions of identity, memory and hopes by LGBTQI seniors. Older adults participating in The Latona Project have enjoyed discussions by artists and art educators who then proceed to make their own art works guided by the metaphor of a hope chest, making use of an ancient practice.

Come to the UAMA this summer and see the diverse collection of “hope chest” boxes created by older adults, as well as youth’s mapping of Q!

June 18, 2016

Orlando Prayer Vigil

Saturday, June 18, 4:30pm
Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church
3269 North Mountain (N. of Fort Lowell), Tucson AZ

Join Tucson’s faith communities in this prayer vigil, a gathering to comfort and strengthen the LGBT community in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.

June 17-19, 2016

Bisbee Pride 2016

Bisbee Pride 2016Come join the Pride celebration Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th in mile high Bisbee, AZ – the coolest town this side of the Mississippi – with fabulous events, performers, parade and more!!
More info at the website or on Facebook.

June 12, 2016

Candelight Vigil

In light of the act of hate and terror in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in US history, targeting members of the LGBT community, a candlelight vigil took place at 8pm, Sunday night, at 522 N 4th Avenue. The gathering began at 7pm in front of IBTs (Tucson’s historic gay bar of 30 years, located at 616 N 4th Ave), and proceeded down the street to 522 N 4th Avenue where a program was held in solidarity and remembrance. Happening during Pride Month, a time of celebration of the diversity of our community, this tragedy takes on even more sadness. However, we affirm that nothing, not violence nor hatred nor terrorism, can stop the gift of love given to all of us. In this vigil, a community comes together in love. Please join us in solidarity.

May 26, June 2 and June 9, 2016

Latona Project: LGBTQ Senior Identity in the Art Museum

May 26, June 2 and June 9, 6-9pm

You are invited to participate in this FREE program at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Participants will explore important issues of senior LGBTQ identity through tailored art tours, guest speakers, and an art-making workshop led by artist Eli Burke. Participants of The Latona Project will also have their artworks exhibited at the University of Arizona Museum of Art Summer 2016.

Contact and RSVP: Contact David Romero by phone at (520) 240-8028 or by email.

The Latona Project has been made possible by the donors to the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts and by donors to the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

June 4, 2016

Treasures for TIHAN

Treasures for TIHAN Benefit Auction

June 4, 6pm
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E 2nd St.
Tickets: $65 in advance; $75 at the door.
To order tickets, call (520) 299-6647 or order online at the TIHAN website

Live and silent auction to benefit the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) with live entertainment and food.

June 3, 2016

Let’s Get Better Together

June 3
Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 Resort Dr., Tucson

Let’s Get Better Together is an annual statewide conference hosted by the LGBTQ Coalition of Southern Arizona that focuses on the improvement of education, resources and understanding of health providers serving the LGBTQ community. »Learn more on Facebook.

May 24, 2016

Next Steps: Action Planning

Tuesday, May 24, 3-4:30pm
Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)
8467 E Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ

This is the next in a series of events in which we examine LGBTQ senior needs and how to address them. The objective of this series is to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of older LGBTQ adults.

You do not need to have been at previous meetings in this series to come to this one.

In this event, Next Steps: Action Planning, teams formed in previous meetings will report on Cultural Competency for Long Term Care Providers, Advocacy (for changing laws/ordinances to prevent discrimination), Health Care Access and Social Interaction and People of Color.

In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. In Next Steps: It’s Time to Act on March 24th, we turned our attention to the priorities that emerged from questionnaires compiled in preceding events.

The meeting is facilitated by Sandy Davenport of PCOA, Lavina Tomer of Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Sylvia Mulka of the LGBT&S Alliance Fund and Abby Jensen of the Tucson GLBT Commission.  LGBTQ and allies are encouraged to participate.

May 15, 2016

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 2016

Sunday, May 15, 6:30pm
Historic Y
300 East University Blvd
Tucson, AZ
FREE – all welcome!

One of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots campaigns for HIV awareness, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries. Our Tucson event will include music, reading of the names of people lost to HIV and AIDS and a candlelighting.

Learn more about this annual event at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial website…

March 29 through May 3, 2016

A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo

March 29 through May 3:
Every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ

Casa de la Luz Hospice and the Tucson Botanical Gardens have begun a series of free experiential workshops helping the living to engage with the end of life. A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo began at the end of March and continues every Tuesday until May 3rd.

Reservations can be made through:
Sally Saunders
Bereavement Program Assistant
Casa de la Luz Hospice
520-544-9890 or email Sally

Find out more HERE.

April 28, 2016

Take Back the Night (Recuperemos la Noche) Tucson

Thursday, April 28, 5:30-9pm
House of Neighborly Service
1243 W. 33rd St, South Tucson

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual event to raise public awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and to support survivors in peaceful vigilance. This year’s event will include live local music, march, rally, resource fair, dance, poetry, and art displays.

Learn more on Facebook.

April 27, 2016

Connections That Count

Wednesday, April 27, 5-7:30pm
Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.
Tucson, AZ

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona honors Martha and Augusto Ortiz and long time local LGBT activist Noel Matkin at its annual event, Connections That Count!

Reception and networking: 5-6:30pm
Program and award presentations: 6:30-7:30pm

RSVP now at Eventbrite.

April 23, 2016

Jell-O Wrestling Benefit Auction and Extravaganza

Saturday, April 23
4th Ave and 7th St.
Gates open at 6 pm and wrestling will be from 6:30 to 10:30pm.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s Jell-O Wrestling Benefit Auction and Extravaganza features teams of wrestlers donned in extraordinary costumes wrestling in a pit of Jell-O. Between matches, Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a panoply of unique items.

The 2016 Jell-O raffle prize is two tickets for Jennifer Lopez in concert at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on June 8 and a $200 Visa gift card. Tickets are $1 each and no more than 3,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased at SAAF.

April 15, 2016

Pima Council on Aging GENERATIONS GALA

Friday, April 15, 6pm
Westin La Paloma Resort
3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson

Each year, Pima Council on Aging’s Generations Gala honors a special local family for generations of service to the Tucson community. This year we are pleased to honor the Klaehn-Quilliam Family at our 2016 Generations Gala on Friday, April 15. The event will again be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Sponsorships and tickets are available.

Contact: Kimberly Hoidal at (520) 780-0504.

April 7, 2016

End of Life Seminar

April 7, 9am-noon
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Conference Room
2250 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is offering a special seminar on End-of Life issues. Tani Bahti will speak about the importance of understanding Hospice care. Margi Rhodes will speak about funeral pre-planning issues. There is no cost.


March 25, 2016

Death Discourse Dinner

Kristine Bentz
Kristine Bentz

Friday, March 25, 5:30-7pm
Death Discourse Dinner : Contemporary and Non-Traditional Perspectives on End of Life 
YWCA of Southern Arizona
525 N. Bonita Ave.
Sponsored by Southwest Folklife AllianceFree Event (donations for light meal accepted).
Speaker: Kristine Bentz, Interfaith Minister and Hospice Chaplain.
Limited seating, so please RSVP to: Leia Maahs, 520-621-0714 or 520-621-4046 or email Leia

March 24, 2016

Next Steps: A Time to Act

Thursday, March 24, 2-4 pm
Pima Council on Aging

8467 E. Broadway
Co-facilitated by Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), Southern Arizona Senior Pride, the LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund and
the Tucson LGBT Commission.

Join a discussion about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona and develop action plans to address them. In November, PCOA convened local older adults in a Community Dialogue Event. This was followed by the Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s Community Forum on February 7. Participants at these gatherings heard reports about the needs, priorities and concerns of older LGBTQ adults in southern Arizona. Our March 24th discussion will include findings of priorities expressed on questionnaires compiled from the two events. NOW IT’S TIME to unite efforts and strengthen a sense of community around the needs of our older LGBTQ adults.

Facilitators: Sandy Davenport (PCOA); Lavina Tomer, So. AZ Senior Pride; Kirsten Birner, LGBT-Straight Alliance Fund, and Davin “Dax” Franklin-Hicks, Tucson LGBT Commission.

More info: 305-3413 at PCOA / Phone or email Southern Arizona Senior Pride

No RSVP necessary.

March 22, 2016

Tucson Pride Drag Bingo

Tuesday, March 22, 7-9pm
Tucson Pride Drag Bingo

with your Host Lady Ashley, Miss Copper City America 2016!
Playground, 278 E. Congress St.

March 20, 2016

HOTT FUNdraiser

Sunday, March 20, 1pm
HOTT Annual FUNdraiser

Food, dancing and general fun with Hawaiian theme – featuring Hawaiian shaved ice truck.

Since 2011, Helping Others Thrive Together, (HOTT) has provided goods, services and donations to many organizations, including SAAF, TIHAN, Camp Born This Way, animal welfare organizations, teen pregnancy programs and foster care agencies. Our annual fundraiser is our primary source of contributions for the year. Those who contribute to HOTT, may earmark where they want their donation to go or allow the board to decide based on our written guidelines.

HOTT was started and is currently run by lesbians and focuses to a great extent on the lesbian community, but embraces the entire LGBTQ community, and a little beyond. For more information about HOTT, our March 20th FUNdraiser or to nominate an organization that can benefit from our help, call 520-744-0017.

March 12, 2016

Why a Will?

Mimi Petro
Saturday, March 12, 2-4pm
Tucson City Council Ward III Office
1510 East Grant Road

Mimi Petro of the Udall Law Firm presents practical information about estate planning.

RSVP by March 11: Lauren Lederman at 520-547-6119 or email Lauren.

Sponsored by Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN).

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March 10, 2016

Arizona Same Sex Marriage & Benefits

Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, PCOA
Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, PCOA

Join us March 10, 1-3pm, as speakers present information on same sex marriage regarding social security, Medicare, and long-term care services. Speakers include Jennifer Walker, Senior Advocate, Pima Council on Aging; Stephanie Hartell, Medicare Coordinator, Pima Council on Aging; Jack Burns, Social Security Administration, Public Affairs Specialist.

Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church
3269 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson
RSVP Required: 520-292-9151 OR

February 7, 2016

OUR LEGACY OUR FUTURE, an LGBTQ Elders and Allies Community Forum

SOUTHWEST PREMIERE of feature length documentary film: REEL IN THE CLOSET

About 350 people attended the Southern Arizona Senior Pride Community Forum at the Tucson Jewish Community Center to attentively view the film REEL IN THE CLOSET and archival interviews with local LGBT community members. In addition, Serena Worthington from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) discussed current research on issues confronting LGBT seniors.

Stu Maddox and Serena Worthington
Stu Maddox and Serena Worthington

Stu Maddux, REEL IN THE CLOSET filmmaker, was present to answer questions about the making of the film, crafted from home movies from past decades of hidden LGBT culture. Joseph Howell, director of development for the of the University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, spoke about the Arizona Queer Archives. To add to the excitement, 25 organizations, some who were sponsors, had tables of information about programs, services and resources.

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 / 1-5 pm
The Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ