COME OUT TO BRUNCH FEBRUARY 29, 2020!
Doors open at 10:30 am
Event begins at 11:00 am
Location: Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
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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. This engaging community event provides a time to reflect on the great steps that have been taken not only by SAAF, but by the community at large, to build and support the LGBTQ+ community. Out Brunch raises awareness and funds to support the LGBTQ+ initiatives, programs, and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.
From LGBTQ+ specific programs and advocacy efforts to the very first rainbow crosswalks in the state of Arizona, SAAF is proud to be at the forefront of LGBTQ+ initiatives in Southern Arizona. SAAF acts as a fiscal agent for both Southern Arizona Senior Pride and Camp Born This Way, serves as a voice for LGBTQ+ people, and collaborates with community partners to best serve Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ population.
At SAAF’s new Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, a safe place for LGBTQ+ and allied youth, youth programming and services include:
- HIV and STI prevention
- Substance abuse prevention
- Suicide prevention
- Sexual violence prevention
- Socialization opportunities
- Food, clothing, and housing assistance
- Arts expression
- Sex positive education
- And more.
The Out Brunch Community Awards were a mainstay of the annual Wingspan Gala dinner, and SAAF has continued this tradition as a part of Out Brunch. Each of the awards honors a specific facet of the amazing work being done in Southern Arizona:
- The Steve Hall Award is given to an individual who makes outstanding volunteer contributions to further the mission of promoting freedom, equality, safety and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people in Southern Arizona.
- The Godat Award was inaugurated in 1998 to recognize extraordinary long-term contributions by an individual to Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ community.
- The Jean Baker Community Ally Award honors a straight ally who has made significant contributions to advance the freedom, equality, safety, and well-being of LGBTQ+ people in Southern Arizona.
Out Brunch 2017 honored: Laura Alexander (Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally), Miki Odawa (Godat), and Dea Brasgalla (Steve Hall).
Out Brunch 2019 honored: Naomi Cramer (Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally), Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah (Godat), and Robert Bell (Steve Hall).