2022 Award Winners
– The Steve Hall Award
Southern Arizona Senior Pride’s mission is to celebrate, support, and unite LGBTQI+ older adults. We recognize and respond to unique concerns of our community by delivering social and support programming in three areas: (1) social & learning; (2) health & wellbeing; (3) arts & culture. We vet and share LGBTQI+ welcoming resources and increase awareness of aging issues in the LGBTQI+ community. Through advocacy and advisory participation with other organizations and projects, we shine a light on the needs of our traditionally invisible demographic.
Founded as a program of Wingspan Community Center in 2002, Senior Pride became independent and volunteer-run with SAAF as fiscal sponsor in 2014 when Wingspan closed. We have maintained past services and expanded our mission for seven years. Our 45+ dedicated volunteers moved the organization steadily forward enabling Senior Pride to become an independent 501(c)3 non-profit with paid staff positions on January 1, 2022.
– The Godat Award
Scott Blades (he/him/él) is the Executive Director and founder of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), the largest privately-funded and volunteer-driven AIDS service organization in the state of Arizona which this year commemorates 28 years of serving the community. Scott is passionate about engaging people to improve our community. He is a champion of social justice, equality, and inclusion for persons who are LGBTQ+ and persons who are living with and affected by HIV. Recognitions include the William S. MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award from Equality Arizona (2014), the United Methodist Global AIDS Leadership Award (2016), and Community Leader of the Year from the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce (2018).
– Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Dr. Kay Bauman has dedicated her career to health care delivery to minority and underserved populations. In the early 1980’s she was the first Tucson physician to move past heterosexual-presumption and provide a safe medical resource for the LGBTQ community. Her work put her at the forefront of the HIV-epidemic in Tucson in its earliest days. She was on the Governor’s Task Force on AIDS and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tucson AIDS Project.
– Richard Elías Public Servant Award
Karin Uhlich served as an out and proud LGBTQI+ member of the Tucson City Council from 2005-2017 and in 2021, and as Vice-Mayor of Tucson for two years. She moved to Tucson in 1993 to serve as the CEO of the Primavera Foundation, a nonprofit organization addressing poverty and homelessness. From 2002-2014, she served as the founding Director of the SW Center for Economic Integrity, an economic justice advocacy organization which targets exploitative commerce such as payday lending and day labor brokering. She has served on local nonprofit Boards of Directors including the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ, the Brewster Center Against Domestic Violence, and the LGBTQI+ Alliance Fund. Karin joined Arizona Complete Health in 2015 to lead their Medicaid work on housing and homelessness. She now serves as the Director of the Social Determinants and Health Equity team.
HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.