Event Information

Out Brunch 2021…at home

This year, we are very pleased to announce that our Out Brunch event will be celebrated virtually.
The awards will be given at the 2021 Out Brunch on
Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

We are currently accepting nominations through November 1, 2020. If you would like to nominate someone deserving, please access our nomination form by clicking HERE

Celebrating the leaders in our community while keeping our community safe seems right in line with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) mission. We are pleased to be able to host the 4th 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 2019 honored: Naomi Cramer (Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally), Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah (Godat), and Robert Bell (Steve Hall).

Out Brunch 2020 honored: Dr. Tracey Kurtzman (Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally), Erin Russ (Godat), and Curt Beall (Steve Hall).

While it doesn’t seem safe to host our usual celebration with 400+ of our LGBTQ+ leaders and friends in the Southern Arizona community, we still love a good celebration! If you do too, this year consider hosting a private viewing party with your honoree, with your close friends and family, or with your organization’s leadership. Celebrate this year’s honorees in an intimate and exclusive “VIP” setting. Whether you’re streaming the event in a conference room or a living room, there will be plenty of options to ensure that your honoree feels as special as they deserve. So save the date and stay tuned as we share more about Out Brunch 2021 at Home!

The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.