Pride In The Desert

Pride In The DesertEven though this weekend is the BIG one here in Phoenix, with Rainbows Festival, AIDS Walk and plenty of other events going on, we want to tell you about Pride in Southern Arizona………NEXT weekend!

Tucson Pride turns 33 this year, and we’ve got the exclusive interview with David Ealy who tells us how it all got started.  ‘The Old Pueblo’, as Tucson is known, is a pretty welcoming and inclusive community for GLBT people.  Tucson Pride, The Tucson Observer and Wingspan all got their start in the late 1970s when a terrible beating death of a visiting man from Nebraska shocked the community.  The people of Tucson pulled together, passing anti-discrimination legislation and host of other measures that made it one of the first in the nation to do so.

Now, Tucson Pride has grown from a tiny grassroots event to a two-day Parade and Festival celebration!  Pride On Parade takes place on Friday evening, October 8th along Fourth Avenue near the University of Arizona and the Festival takes place the next day at Reid Park from 10am to 8pm.

Events Contributor J. Seth AndersonAll of the juicy details, plus pre-sale tickets can be found at

Also this week, we’ve had another young gay person take their own life.  These tragedies really need to end, and we’re encouraging you to become a role model or mentor for gay youth, now more than ever.  J. Seth Anderson comments on this at the beginning of our weekly Events Update.  And speaking of events, well, yeah……First Friday Art Walk, Rainbows Festival, AIDS Walk……among the many things going on.

Until next week, we hope to see out and about!  Don’t forget to become a fan of our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and tell your friends about the new voice of GLBT Arizona…QTalk Arizona!!