Out Brunch After Dark
This year, we are very pleased to announce that our Out Brunch event will be celebrated differently this year.
The awards will be given at the 2021 Out Brunch After Dark on:
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Event begins at 7:00 pm
Location: El Toro Flicks – Downtown
131 S. Linda Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
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This April, SAAF will host our annual Out Brunch award gala in a new way—After Dark! SAAF is pleased to be able to host the 4th Annual Out Brunch as a way to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and to honor the exceptional leaders doing great work for the LGBTQ+ community here in the Southern Arizona.
In order to ensure the safety of our community, SAAF has reimagined this beloved event and is pleased to announce “Out Brunch After Dark” at El Toro Flicks Downtown, a local drive-in movie theater. While practicing social distancing, we will gather for an evening of entertainment and celebration, honoring three awardees that have been nominated and selected by the Southern Arizonan community.
Celebrating the leaders in our community while keeping our community safe seems right in line with the SAAF mission. On Saturday, April 17, 2021, we are excited to honor those who are working tirelessly in Southern Arizona without allowing pandemic challenges to deter the work in our LGBTQ+ community that we are all so passionate about.
Each year during Out Brunch SAAF honors a special volunteer, a lifetime leader in the community, and an outstanding ally with the Steve Hall, Godat, and the Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally awards, respectively. SAAF invites the community to nominate members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community prior to January 22nd when the nomination period closes.
This year, Out Brunch After Dark will be hosted by Allonna Dee. Allonna has been a community activist and performer for 5 years in Southwest Arizona. She has performed across the country connecting and bringing awareness to various folx. You can find Allonna Dee on social media and hosting and performing as a headliner at IBT’s. Allonna has specialized in providing safe spaces for youth and promoting HIV awareness for multiple organizations.
SAAF’s LGBTQ+ Initiatives unites the LGBTQ+ community of Southern Arizona and transforms lives. By working to eliminate the stigma of LGBTQ+ youth and adults alike, SAAF is leading the way for the LGBTQ+ community. Since taking on LGBTQ+ initiatives from Wingspan in 2014, SAAF has:
• Opened the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, a SAAF space for LGBTQ+ & allied youth.
• Facilitated the installation of Arizona’s first-ever Rainbow Crosswalk.
• Worked to pass the first ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth in Arizona.
• Continued to act as a fiscal agent to LGBTQ+ groups such as Senior Pride.
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).
HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.