Senior Pride Speaker Series

Gardening in the Desert

Join gardening experts Jan Schwartz and Jessica Paul for our next virtual speaker series on February 9.

These two experienced gardeners will be giving tips on raising native plants and growing vegetables here in our desert home.

Jan Schwartz is a docent with the Tucson Botanical Gardens and a Pima County Master Naturalist. She will cover cultivating flowering native/desert adapted plants, planting native seeds and the importance of these plants in the desert home landscape.

Jessica Paul, a Garden Educator with the Community Gardens of Tucson, and an Arizona Master Naturalist, will be teaching us about growing veggies.

Tuesday, February 9, 2:00 pm via Zoom
For Zoom invitation, email
Senior Pride Speaker Series
Gardening in the Desert

Book Club Rescheduled for January 27

In light of the presidential inauguration on January 20, book club has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27. We’ll be discussing Tucson author Lydia Millet’s A Children’s Bible—an award winning fictional approach to thinking about climate change. More information about this meeting » Listen to an interview with the author on the Tucson Festival of … Continue reading Book Club Rescheduled for January 27


A Children’s Bible by Tucson Author Lydia Millet

Named one of the Top Ten Books of 2020 by the New York Times, Lydia Millet’s Pulitzer Prize winning finalist A Children’s Bible has received enormous attention for creatively tackling climate change in fiction. Self-indulgent adults and their alienated teenagers are pulled into the environmental and societal chaos of a quickly changing world … but not without a final message of possibility and hope.

Senior Pride Book Club:
Lydia Millett, A Children’s Bible
Wednesday, January 20: 2-3:30 pm

Email us for a Zoom invitation

January 12 from 2:00 - 3:00pm

Senior Pride Town Hall – What’s New? What’s Next?

As Senior Pride wraps up our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan we are beginning to dream about the future — and we would like to hear from you! Join us for a public forum during which we will update you on the current state of our programs and operations before asking for your ideas on everything from cultural events to social justice advocacy. What’s next for Tucson’s older adult LGBTQI+ community? Let’s decide together…
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Beau with a Bow

Reveille Men’s Chorus Holiday Program

Holiday Cheer of the musical variety becomes available to you via Tucson’s Reveille Men’s Chorus on Friday December 18 and will be streaming on demand through December 27.  Tickets are just $15 and provide you with the same top-notch production quality and incredible vocal talent that you have come to expect from Reveille. Beau with a Bow weaves together three intersecting narratives that make up this years’ holiday tale.
Learn more and purchase tickets here »


Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death

Joins us December 16th to discuss this lively and engaging biography of the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, a man fiercely committed to protecting all minorities. Harvey Milk—eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck—was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk’s assassination at the age of forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history.
Discussion Moderator: Joyce Bollinger
For Zoom invitation: email


Honoring a Life Workshop

Southern Arizona Senior Pride End of Life Planning Program is once again offering “Honoring A Life” workshops ON ZOOM.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021; 1:30 to 3:30pm

This will be an opportunity to prepare or update your wishes and instructions on how you want to be cared for if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

Current health and medical crises are making it more important for each of us to prepare written instructions regarding our desires about what types of treatment and care we wish for ourselves, as well as identifying the people we trust to make decisions for us when we may not be able to. Explore the possibilities available to you and make your wishes known.

Please see the event flyer for full information, including how to register. Registration in advance is required BY DECEMBER 23, 2020 to have workshop materials mailed to you.


A Zoom Winter Gathering

We want to spend time with you this winter! Join us December 19th from 2 to 4 to connect and share memories. While we will miss being with each other in person this year, we can still enjoy being together virtually. Several of us will share photos and tell humorous and touching stories about holidays gone by. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact and reminisce.
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February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6

Catching Fire: Senior Pride Poetry Workshop with Joan Larkin

Coming in February: Cathing Fire: A Poetry Writing Workshop taught by poet, essayist, playwright and editor Joan Larkin. No poetry experience needed.

“At each session, I’ll offer examples of powerful work by LGBTQ poets both familiar and new. I’ll invite you to write and share original poems sparked by what inspires and delights you in what we’ve read. Be prepared to surprise yourself!” ~ Joan Larkin
Saturdays, 3-5 pm
February 6, 13, 20 & 27 and March 6
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Virtual Memorial Service

Mourning Our 2020 Losses

Interfaith Community Services of Tucson invites you to a virtual memorial service on November 5 honoring our losses during 2020 in a safe space for mourning and healing. This service is open to members of all faiths or none.

Register here.

Tucson’s Dr. Sally Dodds

A Not-So-Retired Medical Researcher

When COVID first struck, Researchers Sally Dodds and Beth Meyerson quickly recognized unique threats the corona virus holds for our LGBTQI+ community. They sprang into action early in the pandemic to create and administer a survey of COVID risks and impacts for older LGBTQI+ people in Arizona — and now they are ready to share the results directly with you.
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Senior Pride Book Club

Do You Have Solitary Tendencies?

Are you experiencing some surprising benefits to your COVID quarantine alone time? Join the Senior Pride Book Club and author Fenton Johnson as they explore the role of solitude in the lives of a dozen iconic “solitaries.” Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Zora Neale Hurston all used their solitary tendencies and alone time to create — what can we learn from them today?
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In-Person Events on Hold

Senior Pride will not have any in person  events through November, 2020.

Check out our events on Zoom: Book Club, Speakers Series, Elder Discussion/Support Group, Hosted AA Group

November 10, 2020

Senior Pride Virtual Speaker Series

The Senior Pride speaker series returns this fall via Zoom video conferencing. We’ll be exploring how to cope with uncertainty, aging successfully and how aging can affect hearing. Join us from 2:00 to 3:30 on the second Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise specified, to get your Zoom invitation, email us and include the date and event (speaker, book club, etc.) you wish to attend.
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October 21, 2020

Senior Pride Book Club

Enjoy companionship and engage in lively discussion of a wide variety of books! Our group is diverse and welcomes all who share our interest in reading books and talking about them.

We meet 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30pm.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, we were meeting in the Ward 3 Council Office conference room. We hope to be meeting there again, as soon as we may safely do so. In the meantime, we will be meeting via video conferencing, using Zoom. For the Zoom info you’ll need to join the meeting, email or call 520-312-8923.

WED, OCT 21, 2-3:30pm

Our reading selection for October will be At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by National award-winning author, and friend of Senior Pride, Fenton Johnson. This book is described as “a profound meditation on accepting, and celebrating, one’s solitude” … perhaps the ideal teaching for many of us as we grapple with the extended quarantine of the COVID era. We are pleased to announce that Fenton will be joining the discussion, which will be led by Tom Buchanan.
» Upcoming Meeting Dates & Book Selections

June 1 - December 31, 2020

Free Webinar Deals with Grief and Loss

Loving Spirit‘s grief and loss workshop is now online in the form of a free webinar which consists of six approximately one-hour sessions. We know that many are suffering right now and do not have access to in-person support. If you have suffered a major loss in your life, whether from the death of a loved one, a divorce, a career change, or a personal change of some sort, you can learn techniques to help you in your recovery process. The information is free and is also close-captioned for the hearing impaired. It will soon be available in Spanish as well. »more information and register

Senior Pride Support Groups

NEW! Senior Pride AA Meeting

Open meeting, available to all persons interested in the AA program of recovery.
Mondays, 7-8pm

LGBTQI+ Elder Support Group

Senior Pride support/discussion group where LGBTQI+ elders can share about aging.
Every other Saturday, 1-2:30pm

GBTQ Men’s Grief Support and Empowerment Group

Facilitated peer support group for GBTQ men grieving loss.
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45pm

LBTQ Women’s Grief Group

Facilitated peer support group for LBTQ women 18 years of age and older.
Thursdays, 1:30-3pm.