TUCSON PRIDE IN THE DESERT 2020
After careful consideration and with great respect for our community, the Tucson Pride Board of Directors has voted to cancel the in-person Annual Tucson Pride Parade and Festival this year. In its place, Tucson Pride is taking the annual celebration virtual in October 2020, in honor of National Coming Out Month. This decision was not made lightly; the board has carefully monitored Covid-19 guidelines and recommendations from authorities on local, state, and national levels, as well as explored all available alternatives.
With the support of Arizona Virtual Pride and our community, we are looking forward to bringing a quality virtual event this October we hope you will find engaging and entertaining. The Tucson Pride Virtual Festival will feature a variety of partnerships with nonprofit organizations, performances, panels, and highlights from our local LGBTQ history. The all-day virtual event will be hosted by none other than your Tucson Pride Royalty, Lucinda Holliday and Justin Deeper-Love.
Details on event schedule will be published in the coming weeks, as well as links for viewing. Now, more than ever, it is crucial our community stand together. Be kind, spread joy, stay safe and join us October 24th 2020 in Pride. Interested in participating, partnering or performing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Sam Cloud (email@example.com)
Fundraising through COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues impact communities across the country, non-profit organizations are feeling the pinch. Tucson Pride is no exception. By this time last year, Tucson Pride had raised nearly $40,000.00 to support our programming as well as our annual Pride Celebration. Last year also saw Tucson Pride emerge from a crippling deficit from 2017.
The organization was eager to turn the page and enter a new era. Tucson Pride had high expectations that the 2020 festival would establish sufficient funding to expand programming. Naturally, 2020 had difference plans. With the arrival of COVID-19 as well as a new economic recession, this progress has been placed on the back burner.
At this stage, Tucson Pride is focused on maintaining sufficient funding to cover over-head costs such as storage of the organization’s festival-related property, administrative costs, as well as costs of professional services, such as our tax accountant. Beyond that, Tucson Pride is eager to launch several programs this year including the Tucson Pride Scholarship, Tucson Pride Veterans Project, a Community Crisis Hotline, and Virtual Programming to keep the community connected during the Pandemic.
As is always the case with a nonprofit organization, any support, whether small or large, goes a long way towards sustaining the mission of the organization.
Please visit Easy Ways to Support Tucson Pride for more information on how YOU can support the efforts of Tucson Pride.
Reinforcing our Commitment
Besides our direct outreach activities, we support our fellow LGBTQIA+ organizations in the community through donations, volunteering, and participating in community events to strengthen our community as a whole. United, we rise!
OUTREACH & ADVOCACY
In The Community
Our outreach efforts include the development of community based programs and services in line with the Tucson Pride Mission & Vision. Some of those initiatives under our 2019 Strategic Plan include:
- Hosting a financial health conference for the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Community resources and education workshops on topics such as mental health, foster care and adoption, as well as life skills for both children and adults.
- Establishing a scholarship for LGBTQ youth entering college.
- Developing and implementing a community survey to gather demographic information on the LGBTQ community in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
- Workshop for businesses to educate on the benefits of supporting the LGBTQ market.
Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance, commonly known as Tucson Pride is an all-volunteer administered and operated nonprofit that produces and promotes cultural, educational, and recreational events for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Tucson, Arizona and beyond. Tucson Pride was founded in 1977 making it Arizona’s first and longest established LGBTQ Organization. Each year, Tucson Pride hosts the Annual Pride in the Desert festivities, including a well attended Pride Parade and the Pride in the Park Festival.
While most Pride events in the US commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York, Tucson has its own reasons beyond that of other cities. The Tucson Pride history began with a different tragedy; the brutal murder of Richard Heakin, a young gay man leaving the Stonewall Tavern here in Tucson one evening in 1976. When his attackers were given a slap on the wrist, our community rose UNITED to rally for change, officially forming the organization now known as Tucson Pride. Their efforts led to some of the first LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in the country.