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LGBTQIA + Local Resource Guide
Tucson is a community with a variety of people from all different backgrounds, culture, age and demographics. Here at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, we support the LGBTQIA + Community. We have compiled a list of local resources for members of the community and allies to be used all year-round.
El Rio Health
Offering Transgender Medical Services. El Rio provides affirming, respectful, and quality healthcare to the Pediatric and Adult Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming communities as well as LGBTQ patients. To view our complete list of services, resources, providers, and their locations, click here.
Eon Youth Lounge
THEM Youth Ensemble
THEM Youth Ensemble is Tucson’s first LGBTQ+ youth music ensemble and is open to singers ages 13-24. Launched in January 2019, THEM offers explicitly gender-affirming music education and prioritizes creating a culture of self-acceptance for all participants.In its aim of creating excellent musical opportunities for people of all genders, THEM joins an emerging wave of choruses oriented around gender diversity and making space for singers who have historically been implicitly or explicitly excluded from choral music.
Rehearsals are Thursdays from 5pm-7pm at Groundworks (2919 E Grant Rd.). Folks interested can register at themyouth.org.
G3 Gay Happy Hour
G3 Events exist for the purpose of getting people and the community together. Our monthly happy hour and other events provide a place for friends to gather and for new acquaintances to occur, to support organizations serving the LGBT+ community, and to broaden our visibility and connections in Tucson. For more information, click here.
GayTucson is Tucson’s online LBGT community resource. Tony Ray, realtor, started the page after hearing multiple concerns from LGBTQ home buyers that they were hesitant to move to Tucson because they thought it lacked an active LGBTQ community. The page was originally intended to help people in the community connect and find resources around town. The GayTucson mission is to be a constant source of local, up-to-date, reliable information. They aim to help strengthen and support the LGBTQ community through these resources. The page consists of friends and allies finding trusted resources and promoting the community within Tucson. Check out their website for more resources, news, and information.
Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Pride
Devoted to creating and fostering a welcoming environment for the gay and transgender Jewish community in Southern Arizona. For more information, click here.
PFLAG, or Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is an organization for allies to unite with the LGBTQ community in hopes of promoting and supporting equality. The organization promotes the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. In addition to monthly meetings, they attend and support other events in the community. They also raise money for scholarships that support continued education. If you’re interested in attending a support meeting or learning more about PFLAG, click here.
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, or SAGA, is a non-profit that supports and advocates for Arizona’s transgender, non-binary, gender-creative community. Their services include support groups, which are currently being held via Zoom to abide by Covid-19 precautions. They have a variety of different support groups for different identities, as well as allies and family and friends of people in the community. SAGA has also hosted Trans Comprehension Trainings since 1998 to provide education to community leaders, schools, non-profits, and more. To learn more about SAGA, visit their website.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride
Southern Arizona Senior Pride celebrates, supports and unites LGBTQIA+ Elders and our allies by offering a range of programs, events and advocacy. These activities include weekly grief/loss support groups, monthly book club, Gayme Day with meditation and gatherings at local parks as well as end of life planning assistance, volunteer check-ins with isolated community members, special museum tours, movie events, speakers, and other gatherings. Senior Pride’s website (www.soazseniorpride.org) also offers a wealth of information and other resources.
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF) is the only community-based organization in Southern Arizona providing case management and ancillary support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, culturally appropriate prevention, education programs to reduce the rate of infection, and extensive training and opportunities for community members to fill critical support roles. The organization offers appointment-only testing Monday-Friday for anyone in the community. The organization is constantly partnering with other groups and organizations around town to spread education and awareness for HIV/AIDS in the Tucson community. Visit their website to learn more about everything the organization offers.
Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Tucson Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce (TLGBTCC) is to promote the success and growth of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied business community in Southern Arizona through education, networking, and advocacy. In 2019, they launched the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the educational goals of LGBT people through scholarships, mentorships, and programming. For more information, click here.
Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network
TIHAN provides community resources and caring support so that people with HIV can live well. Through education, we work to encourage everyone to get tested, get involved, and reduce the stigma of HIV. Creating a community where everyone knows their HIV status, and where every person – regardless of status – is supported and affirmed to live as well as possible and stay healthy and engaged in the community. For more information, click here.
The Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance, commonly known as Tucson Pride, was founded in 1977 as a volunteer-based, non-profit that hosts educational and recreational events for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in Arizona. The organization was formed in the aftermath of the unfortunate passing of Richard Heakin, who was murdered one night in 1976 while leaving Stonewall Tavern in Tucson. According to their official website, their vision is, “To unify, celebrate and strengthen the LGBTQA+ Community of Southern Arizona through advocacy, education, leadership, and support”. Past events put on by the organization include the Annual Pride in the Desert event, Pride Parade, and Pride in the Park. Check out their website to find out more ways to get involved and support Tucson Pride.
Empowering Transgender People and Allies in Tech
A digital guide for Transgender people and technology, working in tech as a transgender person and resources for transgender people working in tech. Read the guide here.
Senior Living Guide for LGBTQ+ Elders
The Senior Homes guide offers practical advice, solutions, and comfort for LGBTQIA+ seniors searching for their perfect home. It discusses key considerations, offers tips for choosing an inclusive and supportive community, and provides insight into legal rights and protections for LGBTQIA+ individuals. View the guide here.
This guide provides inclusive information that will help seniors particularly those in the LGBTQ+ community get the support they need when they are feeling lonely and isolated. View the guide here.