Southern Arizona Senior Pride in the News

Press about Southern Arizona Senior Pride or our events.

Words of Wisdom

Tucson Weekly
City Week Oct 3, 2019
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by Emily Dieckman

Who says pride has to end just because the event full of parades is over? Southern Arizona Senior Pride is hosting this poetry reading event by LGBTQ elders to keep the party going, and to keep the voices of this community heard. The featured poet is Rebecca Seiferle, Tucson’s poet laureate from 2012 to 2016, noted Spanish translator and author of four poetry collectionst. Other speakers include Joan Larkin (also nationally recognized), TC Tolbert (Tucson’s current poet laureate), Shawn Finn, Karen Hanson and Edwin Holliday. Attendees are in for a treat! 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Thornhill Lopez Center, 526 N. Fourth Ave. Free.

Meeting LGBTQ+ Older Adults Where They Are: A Local Story
May 16, 2019

by Lavina Tomer

Southern Arizona Senior Pride strives to raise awareness about the unique issues facing older LGBTQ+ adults, and encourage implementation of inclusive policies. Our work celebrates, supports, and unites the LGTBQ+ community in Southern Arizona! Having lived with fear, isolation, economic consequences, and more for many years, it’s important that LGBTQ+ older adults get support uniquely crafted to meet their needs…
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AZ – LGBTQ+ Aging and Southern Arizona Senior Pride
May 6, 2019

by Lavina Tomer
Lavina Tomer, Southern AZ Senior Pride, Chair

Southern Arizona Senior Pride, in Tucson, is an all volunteer, grassroots organization that acknowledges the disparities in safe, welcoming services and care for LGBTQI+ older people. Senior Pride provides services that include monthly events: Speakers Series, Elder Circle, Book Club, dance classes, a “Matter of Balance” class to prevent falls, a regular Intergenerational Potluck and grief support groups. To further interrupt isolation, The Community Cares Program-Tucson provides friendly visits and phone calls to homebound people 55+ and people with disabilities of any age… We are vigilant in raising awareness and encouraging implementation of inclusive policies and welcoming environments…”
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Memorable moments on the screen: a peek into the Loft Cinema’s Lesbian Looks film and video series

Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 16, 2018

Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series returns to the Loft Cinema this Sunday for its 24th year of celebrating film created by and featuring stories from the lesbian community. Presented by the Institute for LGBT Studies and co-sponsored by various groups from the UA campus and the greater community of Tucson, the festival will be screening two short films by renowned filmmaker Michelle Citron…
»Read full article in the University of Arizona Daily Wildcat

Lesbian lives revealed in free screening at Loft March 18

Kathleen Allen
Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2018

Not so long ago, lesbians and gays had to pretend they were something they were not. But when they could be themselves, they had rich lives, often captured in photographs. Those kinds of photographs are thefoundation of filmmaker Michelle Citron’s two documentaries, “Lives: Visible” and “Leftovers,” both of which will be screened at The Loft Cinema on Sunday, March 18…
»Read full article in the Arizona Daily Star

Stories of LGBTQ Veterans and Filmmaker Arthur Dong in Person

Pima Council on Aging: Never Too Late
(Never Too Late is a PCOA members only newsletter)
April 2017, page 10

Arthur Dong

April 2 from 2-4pm Senior Pride presents Serving with Honor, Not Equality: LGBTQ Veterans, World War II to Now, at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd. “Meet and Greet” for networking and resources at 1 pm. No admission.

Nationally celebrated documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong in person will screen his classic documentary about LGBT soldiers during World War II, Coming Out Under Fire, and discuss issues raised in the film.

Following Dong, Robert Bell, event chair, will introduce Erin Russ, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Director of Programs, and Jennifer Dane, of the American Military Partner Association. LGBT veterans will relate moving stories of serving before, during and after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Arthur Dong’s appearance is made possible through a collaboration between the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center and Southern Arizona Senior Pride.

Academy Award-Nominated independent producer for Stories Of LGBTQ Veterans and Filmmaker Arthur Dong In Person “Licensed to Kill,” Arthur Dong has received many awards. More information about Dong is posted on the Southern Arizona Senior Pride site. This event is made possible thanks to the LGBT&S Alliance Fund and Senior Pride donors. PCOA is also a sponsor.

Tucson is Nation’s Largest Book Festival: LGBTQ Issues

Arizona Daily Star
February 5, 2017

Tucson's is Nation's Third Largest Book Festival, AZ Daily Star, Feb 5, 2017Tucson’s well attended Tucson Book Festival features panels and presentations on LGBTQ, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (and/or questioning) issues. Among the lineup: Lillian Faderman, internationally known scholar on LGBT and ethnic history and literature, is the author of “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle,” her authoritative work on the LGBT civil right movement. Southern Arizona Senior Pride is bringing her to the festival.
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Topical Threads at the Tucson Festival of Books: LGBTQ Issues
February 3, 2017

More coverage of Southern Arizona Senior Pride-sponsored author Lillian Faderman with panelists Jim Obergefell and Amy Ellis Nutt.
»Go to article (then scroll down to “LGBTQ Issues”)

LGBT Seniors Face Issues That Others Don’t

by Kathy Allen
Arizona Daily Star
February 7, 2016

A moving account of issues faced by LGBT Seniors considering professional care options. Includes interviews with seniors and SAGE expert and list of resources.”It’s important that we get people trained and understanding us before we need it… When I’m at my most vulnerable is not the time I want to educate someone.”
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‘Reel in the Closet’ to be screened at community forum

Kathleen Allen
Arizona Daily Star
February 3, 2016

“It’s a very moving experience to see the films; it’s an uncovered part of our history….We only saw people going into paddy wagons; we didn’t see the happiness that was possible.”
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T Q&A Interview with Kevin Maxey by Mari Herreras

Tucson Weekly
October 11, 2012

Kevin Maxey is a physician who has seen the LGBT community through many changes over the years since he helped start the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance in 1998, and started volunteering with Wingspan around the same time. In January, he saw the documentary Gen Silent, and was so moved by its story—about LGBT elderly and the need for LGBT-friendly care—that he worked with Wingspan Senior Pride (now Southern Arizona Senior Pride) to bring the film to Tucson… »Read article