April 21 - June 23, 2020

STAY GOLD Goes Online

For 10 Tuesdays, beginning April 21st, MOCA is offering a program to the LGBTQIA+ community via Zoom, with a focus on contemporary artists who identify as LGBTQIA+. MOCA has chosen 10 LGBTQIA+ identified contemporary artists highlighted in the series ART 21 on PBS, to share and whose work and experiences often intersect with our own lived experiences. We will provide the group with a link to video content where you can watch the artists discuss and make work…

Tuesdays from 6-7pm
Beginning April 21st
via Zoom
Contact facilitator Eli Burke for Zoom instructions

»More info

May 12, 2020

Senior Pride Speaker Series Returns!

Senior Pride is delighted to resume our regular monthly Speaker Series via Zoom this coming Tuesday, May 12 at 2pm with two great speakers from Pima Council on Aging: Sarah Bahnson, LGBTQ Community Liaison, and Jeri Morrison, Caregiver Support Group and Training Coordinator. Their topic will be Celebrating Older Americans Month.
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April 29, 2020

A SECRET LOVE Arrives on Netflix on April 29th

On April 29th, Netflix releases A Secret Love, a new documentary that follows the remarkable story of a lesbian couple, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, who kept their relationship secret for the first 65 years that they were together.

Though Donahue played as a catcher in All-American Girls Professional Baseball League — the women’s pro sports organization that later inspired the 1992 film A League of Their Own — the league’s queer history has only recently been uncovered. “We always wore dresses, makeup, the whole thing, ” Donahue explains in the trailer. “Anybody who was not gay, they simply didn’t know.”

»Read more about the film on Netflix

April 26, 2020

Together in Pride: You are Not Alone

Today, Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, GLAAD will host “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone,” a livestream event on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live. The event will highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and amplify messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV during this unprecedented time. The livestream will raise funds for LGBTQ community centers that are members of CenterLink.

»More info and sign up to watch the livestream

April 18, 2020

“Interior Journey: Defining Moments” Writing Workshop

This event has been canceled.

Southern Arizona Senior Pride presents a new writing workshop with Rebecca Seiferle. In this workshop we’ll write about defining moments, charged bits of experience. No previous writing experience needed!

SAT, APR 18, 10am-noon CANCELED
Habitat for Humanity
3501 N Mountain
Reservations appreciated but not required.
»Contact us to make your reservation
Rebecca Seiferle, featured poet
April 17, 2020

Local Musicians to Rock Senior Pride Fundraiser

This event has been canceled.

Local musicians Mitzi Cowell, Sabra Faulk, Amber Norgaard will perform for Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s upcoming spring fundraiser. These are three of Tucson’s best musicians – don’t miss this incredible evening!

FRI, APR 17, 3-6pm CANCELED
Monterey Court / $15
505 W Miracle Mile
(on Miracle Mile near Fort Lowell and Oracle Rd)
Reservations and pre-payment required for tables of six or more
Monterey Court offers a diverse food and beverage menu.
Reservations and more info: Monterey Court website or call 520-207-2429.

Mitzi Cowell photo: Bill Moeller

March 17 to April 7, 2020

Remember Senior Pride on Arizona Gives Day! A Message from Lavina Tomer

Lavina Tomer

Today is Arizona Gives Day 2020! If you believe that pride is ageless, remember Southern Arizona Senior Pride today.

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.

»Read Lavina’s message

March 12, 2020

ALL SENIOR PRIDE MEETINGS IN MARCH AND APRIL CANCELED

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.

»Information about coronavirus at the CDC website
»Live updates about coronavirus at the New York Times
»Pima County Coronavirus Information
»Contact Senior Pride

Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.
Lavina Tomer
Volunteer Executive Director

Tuesdays, Jan 21 - Mar 17, 2020

Stay Gold: An Intergenerational Arts Program at MOCA

This event has been canceled.

Stay Gold will be postponed until the COVID-19 risk has diminished. We WILL RESUME once things settle and perhaps even add more sessions to ensure we can all finish our projects… »Read the rest of Eli Burke’s message

This 10-week intergenerational arts program invites LGBTQIA+ individuals age 13-99 into the museum space to connect and create through current themes explored in contemporary art. This spring we are creating mixed media portraits inspired by the paintings of Amir Fallah. No previous art experience needed.

JAN 21-MAR 17
TUESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm
NEXT: TUE, MAR 17 CANCELED

MOCA Tucson
265 South Church Ave

FREE. MOCA Tucson provides art supplies, snacks, and passes for public transportation.
»MORE INFO

February 27, 2020

UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA

THU, FEB 27, 7pm
IN PERSON: Co-Producer and Cinematographer Jen Gilomen
The Loft Cinema / FREE

This 2019 Tom Shepard film tells the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and are now resettling in the U.S. As new leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and drastically restrict the flow of refugees and asylum seekers into the U.S., UNSETTLED humanizes a group few people know, who are desperately trying to create new and safer homes.

“UNSETTLED reminds viewers that homosexuality is a crime in more than 70 countries, and is punishable by death in four. LGBT asylum claims began to rise during the Obama administration, but under President Trump — shown in the film signing his 2017 executive order to drastically curtail immigration — nearly 70% of all asylum claims are denied by the Department of Homeland Security, a historic low.”—San Francisco Chronicle

»more info at Lesbian Looks

February 24, 2020

Take Action to Help Us Keep Older Adults Safely in Their Own Homes

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee at the Arizona State Legislature was set hear House Bill 2799, but because of a packed agenda, the hearing was moved to today. House Bill 2799 would appropriate $2.5 million to the Area Agencies on Aging in Arizona for increased provider rates for home and community-based services.

Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state have struggled to make ends meet with level funding, while competing with increased provider rates from AHCCCS and the rising minimum wage. In some areas of the State, Area Agencies have had to cut service hours in order to concentrate their limited funding. Here in Pima County, we have 66 people who have already been assessed to be in need of help by PCOA, but PCOA is unable to find a direct care worker who can enter their home, due in part to the lower rates we can pay. This additional funding will help to alleviate some of these issues. Though there is a lot of work still to be done, this funding would be a step in the right direction.

Please write to your legislators TODAY to let them know that you support House Bill 2799 and help us keep older adults safely in their own homes with dignity and respect!

»TAKE ACTION at PCOA (Pima Council on Aging) website

February 21, 2019

TIHAN and Senior Pride Discuss Needs of LGBT Seniors, plus Author Elena Schwolsky-Fitch Reads from Waking in Havana

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors face unique concerns as they age. This session of the TIHAN continuing education series is focused on the issues, strengths, and resources available and necessary to support LGBT seniors in our community. Southern Arizona Senior Pride will be joining TIHAN at this presentation and discussion.

FRI, FEB 21, 2:15-4:15pm
Himmel Park Library
FREE
RSVP required:
Contact Maggie at 520-299-6647, ext 204, or by email

Book cover of Waking in Havana

PLUS! Friday’s event also features Elena Schwolsky-Fitch, esteemed writer of “Waking in Havana: A Memoir of AIDS and Healing in Cuba.” Schwolsky-Fitch will read an excerpt from her book and speak about her experiences surrounding HIV/AIDS treatment in both the US and in Cuba.

TIHAN provides community resources and caring support so that people with HIV can live well.

February 18, 2020

THE ARCHIVETTES

TUE, FEB 18, 7pm
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Megan Rossman
FOLLOWED BY PANEL DISCUSSION: Joining filmmaker Megan Rossman for Q&A will be Lesbian Herstory Archives co-founder Deborah Edel; Arizona Queer Archives founding director Jamie Lee; and distinguished historian Elizabeth Kennedy.
The Loft Cinema / FREE

“History books are generally written by and about men, with women’s contributions omitted or minimized. As underrepresented as women are in these texts, lesbian women are altogether absent. The Lesbian Herstory Archives is home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities, making it an indispensable resource.”
—Women and Hollywood

»More info at Lesbian Looks

February 17, 2020

Lucie Blue Tremblay & Friends at Club Congress

Former Olivia Records women’s music artist, Lucie Blue Tremblay has continued playing live and recording on her own label Maggie & Shanti Music since the 1980s. Lucie is a very personal songwriter, drawing on her life experiences, a desire for world peace and LGBT rights. Sensitive honesty and passion characterize her songwriting. Living life wholeheartedly would be a perfect way to describe this talented artist. Her new album, Counting My Blessings, will leave you moved beyond belief.

FEB 17, 7pm
$20
Club Congress
311 Congress St

»MORE INFO & PURCHASE TICKETS

February 19, 2020

Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Education Conference

Please join us for our Annual Education Conference, designed to fit the needs of unpaid care partners and families caring for those with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Learn more about the diseases, the latest updates on research, strategies in communication and tips on self-care. Hear the latest updates about international Alzheimer’s disease research and how the engagement of public health systems, physicians, and other healthcare professionals is changing the dementia trajectory. »BROCHURE with full info

WED, FEB 19
8am-4pm

Tucson Jewish Community Center

»REGISTER ONLINE
Tucson, AZ 85718
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February 12, 2020

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

WED, FEB 12, 7:30pm
The Loft Cinema
»Regular Loft prices apply

Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

“Made by a filmmaker who is herself, as we say in English nowadays, on fire… Sciamma is practically throwing off sparks and hot coals.” —Hollywood Reporter

»more info at Lesbian Looks

January 31, 2020

Aging Successfully: Issues and Needs of LGBTQ+ Older Adults Ages 55+

FRI, JAN 31
8:30am-4pm
University of Arizona
Environment and Natural Resources Building

FREE
RSVP REQUIRED due to limited seating!
»MORE INFO

The University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, in collaboration with Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the Pima Council on Aging, is conducting a day long symposium to explore and illuminate the issues of LGBT adults ages 55 and older. The symposium will include national and local experts in LGBT aging, invited representatives of key elder and/or LGBTQ+ services providers in the Tucson/Pima County area, UA faculty, staff, and students, and interested attendees from Southern Arizona….»MORE INFO

January 31, 2020

Understanding Loss and Grief – A Practical Half Day Interactive Workshop

In life, loss and grief are inevitable. Every day we encounter people who are feeling challenged because someone or something they counted on is gone. You want to help, but you wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, useful and kind. This skill does not come automatically. We must learn it. This half-day interactive class is designed for people from all walks of life who occasionally find themselves in the company of someone in grief — a family member, friend, client, or patient — and want to offer comfort and care. In less than five hours we will convey contemporary information about grief support, as well as teach skills and best practices you will easily remember when the need arises.

JAN 31
8:15am- 1pm

$35
East Lawn Palms Mortuary
5801 E Grant Rd, Tucson
To register: email Marianna Cacciatore

»List of workshop talks

January 29, 2020

Workshop: The Queer Voice in 19th and 20th Century Writers

Come join us January 29th from 5:30-7:30pm for this FREE workshop presented by David Morden, Associate Professor of Voice and Movement in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona.

WED, JAN 29
5:30pm

ENR2 Building
University of Arizona
FREE

»More info plus map on Facebook

We will look at the writings of queer playwrights and authors to examine how their voices shaped public perception of homosexuality while masquerading as straight voices. We will look at their writings – and lives – beginning with Oscar Wilde. Wilde wrote with a wit that… »more

January 18 / February 11, 2020

Honoring a Life Workshop: Advance Care Planning Conversations

A free workshop on preparing a healthcare power of attorney and living will for people of all ages. In January and February, the Senior Pride End of Life Planning Program is presenting the Honoring a Life workshop on two separate dates – offering two opportunities to catch this extremely useful, empowering and peace-of-mind giving workshop!

SAT, JAN 18
10am-12pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall

2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)

TUE, FEB 11
1-3pm
Desert Harmony Hospice of Tucson

1200 N. El Dorado Pl. Suite B-200
Please avoid scented cosmetics.
Wheelchair accessible.

RSVP REQUIRED
Contact Lavina Tomer using the Senior Pride contact form or by phone at 520-312-8923.

January 19, 2020

Be a Community Cares Volunteer!

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, call once a week for a phone visit, provide information on LGBTQI services and resources, etc. Interested in receiving this free service? Contact us at 520-351-2724 or email.

NEXT VOLUNTEER TRAINING

SUN, JAN 19, 2020
2-4:30pm

Training is provided by Bridget Roads of Pima Council On Aging and Senior Pride volunteer coordinators.
Cornerstone Fellowship-Social Hall
2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
Requirements for volunteers:
Application (available at training), volunteer training, background check, ongoing monthly meetings and one year commitment preferred
RSVP REQUIRED FOR VOLUNTEER TRAINING!
Interested in volunteering? Call 520-351-2724 or email

January 14, 2020

Workshop Facilitator Training

Learn to to co-facilitate the 2 hour community end-of-life workshop HONORING A LIFE: Advance Care Planning Conversations in the LGBT community. Help folks consider and document their wishes for end-of-life care, preparing a power of attorney and living will, and more.

TUE, JAN 14
9am-3pm

Lunch provided.
Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ
122 N. Craycroft Rd. (just north of Broadway Blvd.)
FREE
Prior attendance at an HONORING A LIFE workshop is preferred but not mandatory.
Bilingual trainees are always in demand.
Pre-registration for the training is recommended.
Contact Lavina Tomer using the Senior Pride contact form or by phone at 520-312-8923.
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February 22, 2020

UAHS LGBTQ+ National Symposium & Community Health Fair

Join health professionals, LGBTQ activists, educators, and community members for a day filled with LGBTQ-related discussions and information. FREE Make up Tutorials, Self-Defense Demonstration & 5-min Chair Massages!!

FEB 22
10am-4pm

UAHS Wellness Walkway
UAHS Campus

FREE
Attend any or all sessions
»FULL INFO
»RSVP
University of Arizona Health Sciences - Diversity & Inclusion logo

January 11, 2020

A Hat to Go Out In! Presented by Milliner Jeanne Bjorn

Make a custom, one-of-a-kind straw hat that you can wear at the end of the day! Senior Pride End of Life Planning Program is sponsoring this workshop to provide a creative opportunity that can change the way we think (reshape our heads!) about death and dying. Choose from 3 colors: white, navy or red. Have something sentimental (buckles, buttons, pins, jewelry, beads)? Bring them with you! We provide all other materials, stimulating topics, and a creative and fun time.

SAT, JAN 11, 9am-4pm
RSVP required by end of day JAN 2, 2020 by email or 520-312-8923

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January 4, 2020

Senior Pride Volunteer Orientation

Learn about Senior Pride’s mission and vision, and find out how you can help with outreach, fundraising, newsletter editing, office assistance and more!

SAT, JAN 4, 2020, 1-3pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall

2902 N Geronimo
(near First Ave. and Glenn)
Pre-registration required
Call 520-312-8923 or email us!

Please give name and contact info.

Wheelchair accessible
Avoid wearing scented products
Licensed, certified service animals welcome

February 29, 2020

Out BRUNCH 2020

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is pleased to be able to host the 3rd Annual Out Brunch as a way to bring together the community to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and to honor leaders who are doing exceptional work for the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. Come, support and celebrate this year’s LGBTQ+ and allied community leaders as we present them with the Godat, Steve Hall, and Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally awards!

SAT, FEB 29
10:30am

Event begins at 11am
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson

Tickets $70 each / Table of 10: $650
»PURCHASE TICKETS
»more info about SAAF’s OutBrunch and its history

March 28 and 29, 2020

Desert Voices Sends “Light & Love”

This event has been canceled.

Life is hard. Sometimes we need a little light and love to get us through. Come laugh, cry, and hear the music your soul has been yearning for as Desert Voices presents “Light & Love,” a heartfelt celebration of what makes us human.

SAT, MAR 28, 7pm CANCELED
SAT, MAR 29, 3pm CANCELED

PCC Center for the Arts
2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson AZ

Tickets
Pre-order: $20
At door: $25
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