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'To Hide Our Past Insures That We Will Repeat It' ..... Tucson Gay Activist 2000's

Tucson excitedly began the new millennium of the year 2000 (see photo's...pages #10, 11) without any real Y2K problems and a population of 486,699 within its 195.4 square mile city limits which by the end of 2009 would rise to 543,986 residents living in the 227.8 square mile city. In national news in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, and thus upheld the right of health insurance companies to put separate & un-equal limits (a.k.a. payout caps...which were later changed in 2010) on the amount of payouts and the coverage for those with AIDS/HIV, at the Whitehouse then President William Jefferson Clinton became the first president in United States history to officially recognize LGBT Pride Month (see article...President Clinton Issues...page #1) on June 2, 2000. The Tucson Commission On GLBT Issues (see article...GLBT Commission Meeting...page #2) which had been made a permanent city commission in July of 1999 (see 1990's) met regularly on a variety of subjects, and set up Tucson's Domestic Partner Registry.


2000 New Year's

2000 New Year's

2000New Year's


Around Tucson in the 2000's the University of Arizona's BGALA LGBT group had changed its name to UA Pride Alliance (see article...UofA Pride....page #2) and on campus the Gay Fraternity 'Colony' of Delta Lambda Phi (see article...UofA Gay Fraternity...page #4, 5) (see ad...page #7) was recognized by the national chapter in May of 2006 (see article...UofA Gay Fraternity...page #4, 5), the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church (see ad...page #15) at 3269 N. Mountain Avenue hosted dances, provided services, made sack lunches for the needy, and sometimes provided the main courses for Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network's (T.I.H.A.N.) (see ad...page #10) the POZ Cafe which served its 10,000th meal on April 17, 2008 at St. Francis In the Foothills Church at 4625 E. River Road in Pima County.

   
 
Throughout the time of human history Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals had been through countless wars, rulers, religions and mindsets. The world had gone from a social mindset that condoned, encouraged, and fostered homosexuality or any sex, then all the way to the opposite extreme of the complete hatred of homosexuality. The pendulum had swung more times than could be counted. In the past humans had worshipped transgendered deities and thought nothing of those who gender-blended. Later in history however, largely due to the politics and religion of the specific time periods and whose opinion happened to matter most at the time, society grew to despise homosexuality, inciting an all out holocaust on those who maybe were something other than heterosexual...a.k.a. straight.Again, in the decade of the 2000's the pendulum was swinging to the side of reason, and some of the world was at least tolerating or accepting homosexuals in some way, but others still did not (see article....'Except For Homosexuals'...page #6).

   


But, hate crimes against LGBT persons such as on January 12, 2000 when a Gay man in his 20's, Mark Fontes was assaulted after leaving the Gay bar It's 'Bout Time (I.B.T.'s) (see ad...page 3) located at 616 N. 4th Ave (see...AS I SEE IT...page #4) through the rear entrance with another man were still occurring. A candle light vigil attended by more than 300 people was held for Mark Fontes a few days later in front of the bar, and the City of Tucson installed $54,000.00 worth of additional street lighting in the area. Then just a few weeks later on Sunday February 6, 2000 the stabbing of a 20 year old Gay University of Arizona student (see article Local man....page #1, 15) on the popular 4th Avenue outside on the back patio of the Gay owned Rainbow Planet Coffee House (see article Local man....page #1, 15) (see ad...page #9) (see ad...page #11) at 606 N. 4th Avenue by a transient out of work waiter from San Diego, Gary Grayson, as he reportedly was shouting "Jesus Hates Fags, And This Is What All Fags Deserve" and "Let This Be A Warning To The Gay Community" (see article Local man....page #1, 15) over and over again shocked the community once again (see...The Out Route...Hatred Still...page #8). Fortunately, the victim's wound proved to have just narrowly missed his lungs (see article Local man....page #1, 15) but still required a weekend in a hospital bed at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and the attacker Grayson was quickly apprehended a few hours later by Tucson Police. In support of the LGBT victim a rally and march down 4th Avenue to the Mall at the University of Arizona was held by a very vocal crowd of over 2,000 people from all walks of life (see article....Over 2,000 march...page #1, 4) (see video) (see Tucson Weekly article) on February 13, 2000.

 
   
Elsewhere, around the United States the use of the world wide web - internet by LGBTQ users steadily gained as a means of finding information, dating, making online purchases of products, socially interacting with others of their own and other LGBT Communities, and as a new medium for political activism. The festive evening of Sunday February 20, 2000 saw the Holiday Inn Palo Verde located at 4550 S. Palo Verde Road host the Miss Tucson America 2001 Pageant (see ad....page #6) to a fun loving crowd of 483 people that night staring four (4) contenders for the crown who were Veronica Lake, Faith Michaels, Bunny FuFu, Deora Le Blanc and from those very talented performers Bunny FuFu walked away with the Crown. As Fall's cooler change in weather came to the Old Pueblo it brought the 2000 OUToberFEST (see article....OUToberFEST 2000 Draws...page #1) (see...As I See It...page #4) on Saturday October 14, 2000 held at the Reid Park section that utilized its DeMeester Performance Main Stage area to just over 8,000 attendees that day marking the end of a week of both National Coming Out Day hosted by the University of Arizona Pride Alliance group and LGBT Pride Activities around the city produced by the Tucson Lesbian/Gay Alliance group. Crowned King & Queen of 2000 Gay and Lesbian Pride in Tucson at the OUToberFEST event were Rodney Shanks (King) and local performer-businesses owner Ajia Simone (Queen) (see article....OUToberFEST 2000 Draws...page #1) who had edged out all the other contestants after a festive and fun filled campaign by them all. Local music group Rare Breed, the Desert Voices a Women's Chorus, Cat Trap, Reveille Men's Chorus, and many other fine acts performed on stage (see article....OUToberFEST 2000 Draws...page #1).

   
   

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar

2000 Annual Halloween Black & White Ball - 2000 Halloween Party Contest At IBT'S Bar


The Tucson LGBT Community & its Allies (see listings...NOTICES....page #15) were yet again shocked on Wednesday June 19, 2002 (see article...Suspect Arrested...page #1, 3) by the armed robbery and murder with a baseball bat of a twenty-four (24) year old Tucson Gay man (see article...Gay Man Murdered...page #2)(see article...Suspect Arrested...page #1, 3), Philip Arthur Walsted an American Airlines reservation agent (also see article...Gays & Jews Top Targets...page #1, 3) (see article...'Following A Hate Crime...page #9) (see article...One Attack An Hour...page #7) (see article-photos...While Tucson has a ...pages #12, 13) in the 900 block of the North 4th Avenue area (see article...Suspect Arrested...page #1, 3) in Tucson by the twenty-two (22) year old convicted local burglar and self confessed Nazi Skinhead David Augustine Higdon living with his father in the 1500 block of S. Carolina Avenue who had just been released on parole from prison 2 months before on April 10th, 2002 (see article...Suspect Arrested...page #1, 3) (see article...Walsted Murder Trial...page #1).


Philip Arthur Walsted Memorial

Higdon's former girlfriend reportedly acted as the lookout during the entire Hate Crime first involving the Armed Robbery & then the Murder and did nothing to stop Higdon while he was committing the murder. Higdon was convicted of First Degree Murder and before sentencing Philip Walsted's family asked the public to write letters to Judge Frank Dawley asking for a life sentence without the possibility of parole (see article...Family Of Philip...page #2) which is what the judge gave the convicted murderer during sentencing (see article...Justice Prevails...page #1) after being flooded by mail from all across the United States. Philip's Life Partner Jonathan also wrote a letter to the Judge in the case asking for consideration of 'Life Without Parole' in the sentencing phase.

     
     

A Candlelight Vigil organized by Wingspan was held on June 19, 2004 (see article...Vigil To Remember...page #2) (see article...Memorial Vigil Held...page #1, 12) where one of Walsted's favorite songs 'The Best Is Yet To Come' by Frank Sinatra was played, and a later Memorial for Philip Arthur Walsted (see article...Memorial For Philip....page #1) (see... KOLD News 13 article) brought about by the joint effort of the Tucson LGBT Community, by Philip Walsted's Family, by his Life Partner Jonathan who personally paid the money for the memorial that was placed that day, the Wingspan LGBT Community Center & its Anti Violence Project, and Tucson's Park & Recreation Department (see article...Memorial For Philip....page #1) made possible the dedication at the city's Catalina City Park in the 4th Avenue & 1st Street area on June 18, 2005 along with a memorial service attended by his mother and other family members (see article...Memorial For Philip....page #1), and members of the LGBT Community along with their Allies (see article...Memorial For Philip....page #1). Tucson City Officials stated according to Philip's Life Partner, "You Can Do What You Want Within Reason, As Long As We Don't Have To Pay For It." Curiously, both Wingspan (see article....Wingspan vandalized...page #2) located at 600 East 6th Street and the adjoining business next door Desert Pride (see... business card ad....page #16) (see...LETTERS....page #6) (which later moved to 4th Avenue) were the targets of vandalism during that same June - July 2002 (see... LETTERS....page #6) time period (also see article.....Spike In Hate-Related Vandalism...page #1).
Tucson LGBT Museum Exhibit
2002 Philip Authur Walsted
Murdered In Tucson
For Being Gay
 
Tucson LGBT Museum Exhibit
2002 Convicted Murderer Of
Philip Authur Walsted -

David Augustine Higdon
 
In the 2000's it was a very simple fact that in the United States the LGBT Community was still fighting for the United States Congress to grant them their basic equal rights (see article...New Report Reveals...page #1, 12), while at the same time workplace related benefits and rights for LGBT employers were improving (see article...the Workplace...page #3). The group Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (see article...SAGA Advisory...page #2) carried out their programs and projects (see article...SAGA Advisory...page #2) for the Transgendered & Gendered Diverse (see listing....NOTICES...page #19) in the community and memorializing the annual Transgendered Day Of Remembrance (see article...Trans Day Of...page #2) (see LETTERS...page #7) each year.

For the first time for a local AIDS walk, the AIDSWalk 2000 (see article...More Than 1500 Attend...pages #1, 17) (see article...Tucson Weekly) held that year at Rillito Downs Race Track located at 13477 N. Heritage Gateway did not hold a walk (see article...More Than 1500 Attend...pages #1, 17) when a torrential rainstorm suddenly hit the Tucson area on the morning of Sunday October 22, 2000 causing the city streets and the grounds of the race track to flood. Undaunted, the 1,582 people who showed up for the event all moved inside the Rillito Down's Clubhouse and held a very memorable high energy AIDS Rally inside (see article...More Than 1500 Attend...pages #1, 17) out of the rainy weather instead. Saturday September 20, 2003 saw the 8th Annual Miss Gay Hispanidad Pageant held including a full course dinner at the Inn Suites Ballroom at 475 N. Granada Avenue produced by the Salud es Poder Organization with an AIDS/HIV prevention and awareness focus (see article...Miss Gay Hispanidad..."...page #2) (see...Event Poster...page #12).


Around Tucson during the 2000's the Men's Social Network (a.k.a. M.S.N.) (see groups T-Shirt...front, rear..) (see listing...NOTICES....page #19) along with its fun, warm, and friendly 1st of the Month Free Potluck Dinners - $5.00 Friday Pizza Nights - Thanksgiving & Christmas Holiday Potluck's (see listings...Non-Bar Calendar....page #18) (see listings...Non Bar Calendar...page #15) continued to flourish and at times dominate the men's non-bar (no alcohol no drugs) social scene (see listings...Non-Bar Calendar....page #18) (see listings...Non-Bar Calendar...page #15) in Tucson under the influences of founders Jerry Curl the groups Ambassador, his partner Les Elliot who wrote its monthly newsletter, and their friend Ray Evans with his original idea of such a group (see 1990's) along with a host of others in the all men's non-alcohol & non-political activities and support group originally started up during March of 1995 (see 1990's). The Men's Social Network later moved its monthly meeting location from the old Scottish Rite Temple located downtown at 160 S. Scott Avenue due to being constantly bumped out of their 1st of the month reservation of the very spacious basement area with full kitchen facilities by the Tucson Scottish Rite Temple itself.

2002 Miss Gay Arizona America
'2003' Pageant in Tucson

2002 Miss Gay Arizona America
'2003' Pageant in Tucson
Each time the groups reserved space was bumped it required the Men's Social Network (see... In Memoriam...page #2) leaders to suddenly scramble to find another suitable monthly potluck meeting area that would seat 150+ people with often less than 24 hour's notice. The final solution came after a few of the monthly potluck dinnersheld at various rented facilities around town lead to the Casa Adobe Church located at 6801 N. Oracle Road in Pima County that welcomed the group with open arms at a reliable smaller and more cozy space for the group. The group quickly adjusted to its new location and went through a transition period once again in 2004 after the death of one of the charismatic co-founders Gerald (Jerry) Allen Curl (see... In Memoriam...page #2), an always incredibly loving communicative people friendly man, former WW2 Army Sergeant in the Pacific Campaign, father, and retired professor & director of admissions of a large eastern University who opened his home to everyone (see... In Memoriam...page #2), died on March 3, 2004 of cancer.

The socialization, camaraderie, and events continued as newcomers discovered the equivalent of the Gay Men's Welcome Wagon (see listings...Non Bar Calendar...page #15) there for all who entered in a Non-Alcohol No Drugs atmosphere. A memorial service for Jerry Curl (see... In Memoriam...page #2) as he always preferred to be called, was organized by his partner Les Elliot (see... In Memoriam...page #2) and held Sunday April 18, 2004 at St. Philips In The Foothills Episcopal Church where a large crowd slowly walked past a table filled with photos of different time periods in Jerry's life, enjoyed a moving heartfelt memorial service, along with a memorial feast shared by Jerry's family, his LGBTQ family, and other friends following the service. The Jerry Curl MSN Scholarship ran for a few years presented through the local Parents and Friends of Gays & Lesbians group (P.F.L.A.G.) and a memorial near what had been his home was placed.


 
 

The GLBT Services Committee of the Tucson-Pima Public Library founded in 1997 (see 1990's), hosted LGBT related book reviews, authors, displays, and speakers, Desert Voices (see article...Desert Voices Stage...page #2) (see...LETTERS...page #5) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Stage Door Canteen...page #2) presented numerous lively concerts and other events (see article...Desert Voices:...page #2), the Community Business Association (see ad...page #6) (see ad...page #17) (see article...Mayor Walkup Speaks...page #1) operated as the largest of its kind in Arizona later renaming itself the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce (see ad...page #17) (see article...TGLBTCC Meeting...page #2) (see article...Tucson GLBT Chamber...On Rise...page #3) during a transition period started in January and formulating between February 9th (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) and February 16th (see ad....page #8) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) in 2005, the group Desert Dominion (see listings...NOTICES...page #15) for those interested in the BDSM lifestyle met monthly for various events and its Men's Kink Discussion Group (see listings....NOTICES...page #19), TIHAN (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Treasures For...page #2) (see article...Musical Potpourri...page #2) (see article...TIHAN Update...page #2) (see ad...If you build it...page #15) continued its CareTeams (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) work with HIV/AIDS (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Looking For...page #10) (see article...TIHAN Volunteer...page #3) (see article...Turnabout For TIHAN...page #7) during the decade.


GLSEN Education Network (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) met monthly, Tucson Greater Softball Association (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) kept players and their fans very active, Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (S.A.A.F.) (see article...Start The New...page #2) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) continued very actively providing programs (see article...Moda Provocateur...page #2) and fundraisers (see article...Festival For...page #2) related to prevention and those infected or living with HIV/AIDS,the Gay Young Men's Health Project (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) remained very active with their in safe sex projects around town, Tucson Prime Timers (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) with its motto Growing Old Is Mandatory - Growing Up Is Optional (see listings...NOTICES...page #15) met regularly around town for weekly lunches, activities, area sites outings and tours including out of town trips. In the latter part of January 2007 the Gay Men's Health Project (G.M.P.H.) (see...LETTERS...page #5) (see ad...Woody's...page #7) (see ad...page #11) (see ad...page #18) (see article...Ask Dr. X...page #14) was renamed and evolved into the Men's Sexual Health And Personal Empowerment (M.S.H.A.P.E.) with its lounge meeting place within the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (S.A.A.F.) (see article...SAAF Update...page #16) (see...In Memoriam...page #2) facility at 375 S. Euclid Avenue.

2002-3 Miss Gay Tucson
America Pageant

2002-3 Miss Gay Tucson
America Pageant

2000's Around Gay Tucson®

2000's Around Gay Tucson®
The annual Aids Walk (see article...Twenty Years Of...page #1) (see article...AIDSWalk Tucson Sunday, ...page #2) (see article...Position Open...page #2) (see article...AIDSWALK This...page #2) (see article...AIDSWALK 2006: ...page #3) (see photos...page #8) (see article...AIDSWALK October...page #2) (see article-photos...Large Crowd Participates...pages #1, 9) (see ad-photo...page #8) in Tucson, which was originally started by the Tucson Aids Project a.k.a. T.A.P. in 1988 (see 1980's), had by 2008 (see article) (see article...Twenty Years Of...page #1) expanded to just over 5,500 walkers with that year's event held on Sunday October 19, 2008 (see ad...page #7) bringing in right around (1/4) Million Dollars ($225,000.00) for the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (S.A.A.F.) (see article...SAAF Positions...page #2) (see article...Festival For Life...page #2) (see article...SAAF UPDATE...page #5) (see ad...page #24) (see ad...page #20) (see...In Memoriam...page #2) whose original Executive Director Anne Maley (see article...Maley Resigns...page #4) had resigned on Friday January 5, 2007 to start her own consulting business (see article...Maley Resigns...page #4) and was replaced by Wendell Hicks (see article...Twenty Years Of...page #1) (see...Letters...page #8). Reveille Gay Men's Chorus (see article...Reveille Gay....page #9) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Reveille Spring Concert...page #2) (see...In Memoriam...page #2) kept Tucson and at times beyond entertained with their many exciting performances (see article...Reveille Spring Concert...page #2) at many events around Tucson.


2003 Miss Gay
Tucson America
 
 


In the Tucson Lesbian & Gay Alliance (T.L.G.A.) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see ad...page #8) continued the production of Gay West (see Program exhibit) (see article...Gay West IV...page #1, 18) (see ad...page #7) (see article...Gay West...page #1, 4) (see photos...page #13) out at Old Tucson Studios (see article...Gay West IV...page #1, 18) which had originally started in 1997 (see 1990's) as a Pride Event fundraiser. However, between 2003 and 2006 the Gay West event was not held (see article). By 2002 the Tucson Lesbian Gay Alliance (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) had again changed its name and was operating as Tucson Pride, Incorporated (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Tucson Pride Needs...page #2) (see...AS I SEE IT...page #6) an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The First Annual Tucson LGBT Pride Parade/March (see article...TGLBT Pride...page #2) (see article-photos...Tucson Holds...page #1, 8) (see ad...page #13) (see photos...page #11) was produced by the group and held at 7:00PM on June 25, 2000 starting at the municipal Catalina Park (see article...TGLBT Pride...page #2) and Marching Southbound down 4th Avenue (see article...TGLBT Pride...page #2).


Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona

Sunday September 21, 2003 Turnabout For TIHAN At Inn Suites Hotel In Tucson, Arizona


The year 2006 saw the group change the name of the annual Gay Pride Festival (see video) (see photos...page #9) out at Reid Park (see listing...NON-BAR CALENDAR...Saturday, October 18th...page #13) from OUToberFEST (see article-maps...Two Days Of Pride...page #1) (see ad...page #20) (see article-photos...Old Pueblo Marks...page #1, 2) (see photos...page #9) (see listing....Non Bar Calendar...Saturday, October 14...page #15) (see article...OUToberFEST October 11th...page #1) (see ad...page #20) to Pride In The Desert (see ad...page #16) (see article...Pride In The...page #2) (see article-photo...Give Pride By...page #3) (see ads...pages #10, 11) and continued producing many fine well attended Gay Pride Related events including the annual Pride Parade (see video) (see article...Festival For Life...page #2) (see article...Motorcyclists Wanted...page #2) (see listing...Non Bar Calendar...Sunday, October 15...page #15) (see article...Pride On Parade Marches...page #1) during the decade of the 2000's.



Statewide LGBT Marriage (see article...Arizona Supreme Court....page 34) (see article....'So What's Really Wrong'...page #5) (see article....Bliss & Confusion....page #7) (see article...Lesbian Couple...page #7) (see article....Tucson Couple Going To....page #11) was on the minds of many, and on November 4, 2006 Arizona's voters rejected a referendum only allowing marriages by opposite sex couples, after a heated campaign by both sides of the Proposition #107 (see article....Prop. 107 Forum....page #2) (see article...Measures Defining...page #1, 5) (see article...Les Pierce To Be...page #2) (see article) (see article-photo...Big Crowd Gathered...page #1) issue that year which saw an ever growing Tucson LGBT Community (see listings...NOTICES....page #15) hold voter campaigns at area events, and demonstrations in front of the Tucson City Hall, Wingspan (see listing...NOTICES...page #19), and other venues. However, on November 4, 2008 with Proposition #102 (see video) (see article...Arizona Republic...page #7) (see article...Questions To....page #6) (see article-photo...Signs For Same....page #16) voters (see article...Get 'Carded'...page #2) (see article...Vote No On...page#16) were asked to add an amendment to the Arizona State Constitution that would ban same sex marriages and they did (see article...Why You Probably...page #11) (see article...Legal Questions remain...page #3) (see article...Proposition 102 Vote Polarizes....page #7) which sparked a call to boycott those Anti-Gay businesses and people who had supported it (see article...We Reserve the Right...page #4) (see list of Anti-Gay contributors...page #6, 7) (see list of Anti-Gay contributors...page #6) (see list of Anti-Gay Contributors...page #7) (see list of Anti-Gay Contributors...page #6).


2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill

2004 Miss Gay Latina Arizona NCC Preliminary Pageant at November's Bar & Grill


In the 2000's Tucson's active bar scene (see photo's...page #11) where later in the decade offering Wi-Fi would be yet another item offered to patrons, the historically on and off again LGBT Friendly Hotel Congress/Club Congress (see ad...page #11) (see article...GLAM GOTH...page #15) at 311 E. Congress Street offered a unique atmosphere along with a mixed crowd but had gone out of favor as a Gay Venue by the middle of the decade, the Hollywood (see ad...page #5) (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #5) (see ad...page #5) (see ad...page #5) bar billing itself as Where Dreams & Fantasies Come To Life (see ad...page #5) located at 1601 N. Oracle Road opened on October 14, 2006 (see ad...page #9) offering Drag Shows (see photo's...page #13) and a $1.75 happy hour special every day and served as the home bar of the Delta Lambda Phi Gay Fraternity, Colors Food & Spirits a.k.a. Colors (see ad...page #6) bar under ownership of Johhny DJ & Ric (see ad-owners photo...page #8) at 5305 E. Broadway Boulevard opened in July 5, 2004 (see ad...page #8) presenting various very well produced Dinner & A Drag Show, Champagne Brunch's (see ad...page #6), and other events.

   
   

Ain't Nobody's Business (a.k.a. The Biz) (see ad....page #7) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #9) bar under ownership of Melinda Mae Brown (see...article...Melinda...page #1) at 2900 E. Broadway Boulevard (also owning the Ain't Nobody's Business bar located at 3031 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix ) a unique mix of a Trendy & Friendly Lesbian oriented bar (see ad...page #4) was openly friendly to the entire LGBT community along with its G Spot dance floor (see ad....page #7) and Hip-Hop & Latino styled music catering to its patrons,Howl At The Moon (see ad...page #11) (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #6) bar at 915 W. Prince Road opened on December 1, 2003 (see ad...page #16) (see ad...page #4) offering (see ad...page #11) Poker Tournaments, Chuck Wagon Breakfasts (see ad...page #11) (see ad...page #5), and good food anytime from the kitchen along with Western Music-Dance & Latino Nights Themes later changing the business name to the Coyote Moon Pub (see ad...page #2) (see ad...page #2) bar (not to be confused with the Gay owned Coyote Moon Heath Resort and Spa  ...see ad...page #4) (also see ad...page #24) in mid December of 2008 with much the same fun format at the end of the decade, It's Bout Time (I.B.T.'s) (see ad...page #3) (see ad...page #3) (see ad...page #3) (see ad...page #3) bar at 616 N. 4th Avenue offered cutting edge Drag Shows (see ad...page #3) and other great entertainment, fund raising events, BBQ's, and lots more (see ad...page #3) to both locals and an ever increasing mixed trendy college crowd.

By 2007, the November Bar & Grill (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #9) at 4001 N. Romero Road catered to the after work crowd with drink specials and food. Its Latino & other themed Nights (see ad...The Crystal....page #9) and popular Drag Shows (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #5) brought in crowds, but after a short run as a Gay Bar which ended in 2004 it tried making it as a Straight Stripper Bar but that business closed not long after, Stonewall, LTD (see ad...page #9) (see ad...page #7) (see...TUCSON DIRECTORY....page #15) (see article-photo...Stonewall Receives...page #1) (see...LETTERS...page #6) bar at the both infamous & famous 2921 N. Stone Avenue location presented BBQ's, Drag Shows, Latino Nights, dancing and offered cheap drinks in the early 2000's, Valentina's (see ad...page #5) at 3455 E. Grant Road catered to the Lesbian crowd hosting many shows and events, Colors Food & Spirits (see article-photo...Colors Food & Spirits Opens...page #5) located at 5305 E. Speedway Boulevard opened 11am Monday August 9, 2004 (see ad...page #9) with a computerized techo atmosphere (see article-photo...Colors Food & Spirits Opens...page #5).


Woody's (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #4) (see photo's...page #10) bar at 3710 N. Oracle Road, billing itself as Tucson's-Video-Sports-Cruise Bar (see ad...page #7), and presenting monthly birthday parties, televised sports events, fundraisers, Drag & other shows (see ad...page #5), held the Grand Opening of its Patio Bar Saturday July 1, 2000 (see ad...page #4), and hosted some of the  Southern Arizona AIDS Foundations Annual Reno-Ganon Jell-O Wrestling AIDS Fundraisers (see ad...page #9) (see article...Jell-O Wrestling Raises...page #1, 14, 13) (see photo's at top...page #9) events, was the home bar (see ad...page #5) of the Bears Of The Old Pueblo (see ad...page #5) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Fiesta De Los...page #2) (see...As I SEE IT...page #4), and the bar's weekend early afternoon Brunches, Shows, & BBQ's (see ad...page #4) could make it a very fun place to be.

At 9pm on November 17, 2008 (see article...Resolution of Woody's...page #2) bar employee Jeffrey Fulgham (see article...Resolution of Woody's...page #2) was cited by the Tucson Police Department and Woody's bar was issued a 'Red Tag' by police who never went inside (see article...Resolution of Woody's...page #2) for having an Unruly Gathering which was brought on by the complaint of next door Laurence Court Apartment complex manager Linda Howeth (see article...Resolution of Woody's...page #2) (see...AS I SEE IT...page #4) at 3710 N. Oracle Road. The legal matter was challenged by Woody's corporate officials (see article...Resolution of Woody's...page #2) and subsequently all charges were dropped  during a trial later in January 2010 (see 2010's) amidst legal inconsistencies found in both the police actions and earlier courts actions. Ironically on Monday May 18, 2009 a 'Meet The Chief' party was held at Woody's bar with the Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor (see article-photo...'Meet The Chief'...page #1) as the honorded guest of the event.

   




The Yard Dog Saloon  (see ad...page# 5) (see....In Memoriam...page #2) (see article...Yard Dog's Jailhouse....page #6) (see ad...page# 5) (see ad...page #6) under the ownership of Ray Gregg (see article...Academy Of Pooches...page #2) (see photos...page #10) at 2449 N. Stone Avenue became the home of the Tucson Knight Owls (T.K.O.) (see LETTERS...page #13) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see...In Memoriam...page #3) (see...LETTERS...page #5) (see article-photos...Tucson Knight Owls Installs...page #5) and later in 2009 the Bears Of The Old Pueblo (B.O.P.) (see listing....NOTICES - COMMUNITY...page #19) had also made it their home bar which offered a fun Doggie Related (see ad...page# 5) theme and very intimate local bar atmosphere serving popcorn out of Dog Bowls (see ad...page# 5), offering regular BBQ's and Themed Events (see article...Yard Dog's Jailhouse....page #6) along with games and contests.The Venture-N (see ad...page #6) (see ad...page #4) (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #7) (see...In Memoriam...page #3) at 1239 N. 6th Avenue presented its Jungle Party's (see photos....page #5), Bucky Lucarelli's Omelets a.k.a. Ralph "Bucky" Harry Lucarelli (see ad....page #6) (see ad...page #7) (see...Those Passing Memorial...in 2010's section) and its popular Steak Nite's (see ad...page #5) for $6.00 often with the phrase "You Can't Beat Our Meat" (see ad...page #5). All the bars offered the LGBT community many live shows, themed events, contests, benefit shows, and other fun activities.

The newest test at the time for HIV was an oral one called Orasure that was a simple quick swab of a collection instrument in the mouth. Additionally, 1990 (see 1990's) had been the very first full year that HIV tests were allowed by the United States Government to be done anononmously. Cornerstone Fellowship Church (see ad...page #15) (see article...View From The...page #12) (see article...View From The...page #12) at 2902 N. Geronimo Avenue offered a wide variety of church services for both youth & adults along with weekly Wednesday Dinners. Around town, Desert Coyotes Bowling League (see article...Desert Coyotes...page #2) (see article...SPORTS LINE...page #17) provided LGBTQ & Straight Bowler's (see article...Desert Coyotes...page #2) a fun & supportive atmosphere (see article...Desert Coyotes...page #2), the City of Tucson passed the Domestic Partnership Ordinance setting up a Domestic Partner Registry on September 15, 2003 (see article...Tucson's Domestic...page #1) which became effective December 1, 2003 (see article...Celebration Of...page #4) and was celebrated in front of City Hall from 4pm to 6pm on December 2, 2003 (see article...Celebration Of...page #4), KXCI 91.3 FM Radio (see ad...page #7) hosted numerous LGBT guests on its OUTLOUD Lesbian & Gay Radio Show (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) and gave air time to issues affecting them, the Cronies (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) met at various places and venues for shared meals, meetings, and events as a men's social group.


T-Squares a Western style Gay dancing group (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) held group dances and taught square dancing, the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project (see ad...page #9) offered fellowship, events, and activities, Wingspan (see article....Wingspan FilmFest...page #7....see ad...page #20) (see article...Wingspan Community...page #2) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Forum Regarding...page #2) along with the QueerVoice (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Queer Voice To...page #17) (see ad...page #8) (see listing...Non-Bar Calendar...THURSDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24-27... page #18) (see article...National 'Freedom...page #1, 4) youth group (a collaborative program of S.A.A.F., Pima County, and Wingspan) (see ad...page #6) under guidance of  facilitator Ruben Grace the 3rd (see article...Freedom To...page #2) began the decade at their 300 E. 6th Avenue location (see article...Positions Open...page #2). On Thursday November 20, 2003 (see map...page #11) the QueerVoice (see map...page #11) youth group had changed its name to EON (see map...page #11) (see...LETTERS...page #4) (see article...Mr & Miss Teen-Tucson...page #2) (see ad...page #6) (see article...Creating Changes...page #2) and the program moved first into its own spacious high ceiling storefront facility directly across from the Ronstadt Bus Center (see article...LGBT Youths...page #6) (see article-photo...'Bible Belt'...page #4) downtown at 31 S. 6th Avenue, and later in the decade relocated into the building directly across the street from Wingspan (see article...Wingspan In New....page #2) located at 425 E. 7th Street.
 


2005 Around Wingspan

In 2005 as the government grants, public funds, and usage of the community center by groups-programs increased (see article...Wingspan In New....page #2), the volunteers and staff under the leadership of  Executive Director Kent Burbank (see article...Kent...page #2), moved the entire operation over a nine (9) day period into a very spacious 2 story office building (a former communications center) complete with 3 meeting rooms, an expanded library area, larger cyber area for six computers including a printer and scanner, separate offices for all of Wingspan's (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) programs, offices for all the program's administrative staff overseer's, and a very sizeable fenced parking area to 425 E. 7th Street completing the move on Monday July 11, 2005 (article 2005).

The building required costly sizeable interior remodeling by staff, volunteers, and hired contractors prior to its new use. It was Wingspan's (see article...Wingspan Reel Pride Presents...page #2) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) fourth (4th) location during its years in operation up to that time. Announcements were made around town of its Grand Opening (see article-photo...Wingspan's New...page #1) that was held on Saturday August 6, 2005 (see photos...page #8) from 11am to 4pm with light refreshments served, live music performed by local band Too Much Information (T.M.I.) (see article...GLBTS Band Debuts...page #2) (see photo...bottom center of ad....page #20) (see photo-ad...the Moon...page #2), and attended by many in the community. Wingspan's 2005 Annual Dinner Fundraiser (see article...Wingspan Raises...page #2) (see article...Three Honored...page #1, 12) saw more than 900 attendees and was reported to have raised over one hundred seventy thousand dollars ($170,000.00) (see article...Wingspan Raises...page #2) on the night of Saturday September 24, 2005 at the Tucson Convention Center.

2006 Guys 'N' Dolls Show
Tucson

2006 Pride Parade &
Pride In The Desert Tucson

2006 Re: Configurations Show

2006 AIDSWALK Tucson
Performing around in Tucson (see article...Notes From The...page #13) during the 2000's names such as Bunny FuFu (see...LETTERS...page #8) (see ad...page #3) (see ad....Coyote Moon...page #5), Lucinda Holliday (see ad....IBT's...page #3) (see...LETTERS...page #8) (see article...Jell-O Wrestling Raises...page #1, 14, 13) (see ad...page #3), Ajia Simone (see article...Jell-O Wrestling Raises...page #1, 14, 13) (see ad...page #3) (see ad...page #9) (see ad...page #9) (see ad...page #13), Heather Boa (see ad...The Fabulous...page #7) (see ad...page #9), Miss Leading, Janee Starr (see photo-article...Janee Starr Named....page #1, 12) (see...LETTERS...page #8) (see ad...page #3), Tempest DuJour (see article-photos...22nd Annual...page #1), Amanda Bury,Tori Steele (see ad...The Fabulous...page #7) (see ad...page #13) (see ad...page #6) , Teri Aki (see ad....IBT's...page #3) (see ad...page #3), Patch-U-Down (see ad...page #2), Aidin N. Abeddin (see ad...page #2), Veronica Holliwell (see ad....IBT's...page #3) (see ad...page #3), Phaedra (see ad...page #7) (see article...Phaedra Wins...page #1), Flexx, Alotta Whoremoan's (see ad...The Fabulous...page #7) (see ad...page #9), Chi Chi Larue, China Collins (see ad...Woody's...page #5), Unique (see ad...page #9), Vivika D' Angelo, Heather Boa (see article...Janee Starr Named....page #1) (see ad...page #9), Venecia (see photo-article...Janee Starr Named....page #1) (see...LETTERS...page #8) (see photo-article...Janee Starr Named....page #1, 12), Courtney Roxoff, Haw A/C, Misstique (see ad...page #3), Miss Honey, and Ellas De Noche, to name but just a few, entertained and raised funds for LGBT related programs as well as local charities.

On February 4, 2004 the social networking site Facebook (originally named Facemash in 2003) was launched amid fanfare, and soon went worldwide, the Alliance Fund's local philanthropic works (see article...Alliance Fund: A Little...page #1) made an impact around the Old Pueblo, in Tucson on Tuesday June 6, 2006 a Memorial Day was observed for Richard J. Heakin who had been murdered (see article...EDITORIAL...page #1) (see article-photos...Tucson's LGBT ...page #1, 5) (see article...Several Events Planned...page #20) (see article-photos...Family Of Slain Gay...page #1, 4) on that day in 1976 while leaving the Stonewall Tavern Inn Disco Gay bar (see article...EDITORIAL...page #1) located at 2921 N. Stone Avenue (see 1970's) with a ceremony at Sunset Park (see article...Hate-Crime...page #12) located at 255 W. Alemeda Street, in the early morning hours at 1:00 AM on June 4, 2006 a Gay man was lured out of IBT's Gay bar then kidnapped at gunpoint, gang raped, robbed and later had to be hospitalized (see article...PERSPECTIVE...page #3) being just one of four (4) other known Gay male victims of the same criminals during the same time period with the cases not being solved, also in June of 2006 the United States Military was still classifying Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder (see article...Pentagon Lists...page #1), in the fall of 2008 in Tucson the start of the First Annual Tucson Latino Gay Pride festival of events began at different venues around town spearheaded by Oscar Jimenez (see article...Tucson Latin Pride...page #3). In the entertainment world Pop Superstar Lady Gaga came out as being a Bisexual in 2009 with seemingly no cost to her career.


2000's Around Gay Tucson

2006 Pride In The Desert

2000's Around Gay Tucson
Forming on Wednesday February 2, 2005 the Rainbow Build Coalition (see article...Rainbow Build...Formed...page #2) (see article...Rainbow Build Coalition Raises Walls...page #2) (see...LETTERS...page #10) (see article...Rainbow...Update....page #7) set its goal to build 60 homes around Tucson in connection with Habitat For Humanity. The Rainbow Build Coalition (see photo's....page #10) (see article-photo...'Rainbow Queens...page #1) (see article...Rainbow Build...page #2) consisted of the local groups: Arizona Human Rights Fund (A.H.R.F.) (see article...AHRF seeks....page #2), Cornerstone Fellowship Church, City of Tucson GLBT Commission (see article...GLBT Commission Meeting...page #2) (see article...GLBT Commission...page #2) (see article...GLBT Commission...page #2), Desert Voices (see listing...NOTICES...page #19), First Congregational United Church of Christ, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (G.L.S.E.N.), LGBT&S Alliance Fund (see article...Alliance Fund...page #2) (see article...LGBT&S Alliance Fund Awards...page #2), Men’s Social Network, Parent’s, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P.F.L.A.G.) (see article...LGBT Couples...page #2) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Donna Rochester Reinvigorates...page #2), Rainbow Families (see article...page #2), Rainbow Interfaith Coalition, Raytheon’s GLBT Alliance, Rubyfruit Journal (see ad...Gay West...page #7), St. Philip’s Episcopal Church LGBT Phamily, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (S.A.G.A.) (see listing...NOTICES...page #19), Stonewall Democrats (see ad...page #7) (see ad...page #16) (see ad...page #2) (see article...SASD Cool, ...page #2), Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see... business card ad...page #16) (see article...TGLBTCC Meeting...page #2) (see article...Tucson GLBT Chamber...On Rise...page #3), Tucson Pima Public Library GLBT Committee (see ad...Pride Night...page #6), Tucson Pride, Inc. (see article....Tucson Pride Update....page #2), Water of Life MCC Church (see ad...page #12) (see article...Water Of...page #2) (see article...MCC Fundraiser...page #2) (see article...MCC Yard...page #2), White Space Design, and Wingspan (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see ad...page #14) (see article...Living And Eating...page #2) (see article...Wingspan Named...page #2).


2007 Miss Gay Tucson
America

2007 Pride Parade
Tucson

2007 Pride Parade &
Pride In The Desert Tucson

2007 AIDSWALK Tucson


Toward the end of the 2000's, both nationally and in the community of Tucson saw many changes as the economy tanked from the rampant financial excesses of the decade (and before) in the United States, coming back to haunt many local groups, homeowners, banks, borrowers, investors, businesses, programs, and organizations. Items like Cell Phones a.k.a. Mobile Phones along with DVD's took over or were in the process of taking over their previous incarnations. Pagers, Answering Machines, VHS tapes, Fax Machines, Reasons To Use A Postage Stamp, Gas Prices Under $2.50, along with many other items, organizations, businesses, and products became obsolete, fell out of mainstream use, or were drastically curtailed. Among those changes in Tucson was the sudden closure of the Rainbow Planet Coffee House at 606 N. 4th Avenue, the cut back and delays of government funds (see article...Lack Of Funding....page #1) (see ad....CALL TO ACTION...page #16) (see...LETTERS...page #13) to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation a.k.a. S.A.A.F. (see article...Lack Of Funding....page #1) (see ad....page #16) and many other related groups including the Tucson Observer publication were asking for the community's donations to keep them going (see article...Economic Downturn Strikes....page #1) (see article...Observer Fund...page #1) (see photos...page #16), and the financial problems (see article) (see article-photos...Wingspan to Move....page #1, 3) also impacted  Wingspan (see article) (see article...LGBT Orgs Cut Staff...pages #1, 10) (see article...Wingspan Update...page #4).

2007 TIHAN Turnabout
Show Tucson

2008 TIHAN Benefit Show
Tucson

Wingspan continued staffing cuts in 2008 with employee layoffs (see article...WINGSPAN Update...page #12) and the layoffs of employees began again on May 13, 2009 (see article...WINGSPAN Update...page #12) at the same time the organization was strategically partnering with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation's Financial Team to oversee Wingspan's Financial Systems (see article...WINGSPAN Update...page #12). As the United States economy continued on its downward spiral, the Wingspan organization wisely made the needed deep downsizing move (see article-photos...Wingspan To Move...page #1, 3) into the EON Youth Groups (see article) (a collaborative program of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Pima County, and Wingspan) (see ad...page #6) smaller quarters located across the street at 430 E. 7th Street in just over a week's time period that began Friday July 17 and ended the afternoon of July 26, 2009 (see article...Wingspan Update...page #3) with an outpouring of the Tucson LGBT Community stepping up as volunteers to help in anyway they could (see article...Wingspan Update...page #3) with the move partially under leadership of executive director Jason Cianciotto (see article-photos...Wingspan To Move...page #1, 3) (see video) who had already resigned on July 12, 2008 (see article-photos...Wingspan To Move...page #1, 3) but stayed until the end of the month to help for the token amount of $1.00.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (see listing...NOTICES...page #19) (see article...Freedom To...page #2) (see article...Lack Of Funding...page #1) organization posted on its website on January 5, 2009 its 2007-2008 fiscal year figures of just over five (5) Million Dollars in revenue ($5,039,312.00) (see article...SAAF Annual Report Available...page #2) for their preceding fiscal period. At Wingspan all non grant funded positions were eliminated (see article...WINGSPAN Update...page #12) and despite the stumble in the latter part of the 2000's, Wingspan (see article...WINGSPAN Update...page #12) made the hard decisions required for the organization to survive as did many other organizations in Tucson and around the entire United States (see article....Future Of ...LGBT Weekly.... Employees Flee...page #5) (see article-photo...Nation's Largest LGBT....Closes....page #1), as most all experienced the same scenario in varying degrees. Along the way Wingspan (see ad...page #10) had set up, funded, sponsored, been a part of, provided, and or planted the seeds of ideas (see article...'Culture Of Fear;...page #2) (see article...Strategic Planning...page #2) (see article...'The Next 12...page #9, 13) (see ad...page #14) (see article...Wingspan's Anti-Violence...page #2) (see article...GLBT Teens...page #2) of many very beneficial LGBTQ related programs, television commercials, fundraisers, events, and varied services (see article...Tab Hunter...page #3) (see article...TAW: ....page #3) (see article...Living And Eating...page #2) (see...business card ad...page #10) (see article...Front Porch Series...page #2) (see listing...NOTICES - COMMUNITY...NA Meeting...page #14) (see article...A Call To Action...page #2) (see article....Neighbors You Know...page #4) to Tucson's expanding LGBT Community (see listings...NOTICES...page #15) that would continue on into the next decade of the 2010's (see 2010's) and well beyond.


2008 Gay West Tucson

2008 Pride Parade Tucson

2008 Pride Parade &
Pride In The Desert Tucson

2008 AIDSWALK Tucson


Around town in the last days of 2009, the Colors Food & Spirits(see ad...page #5) and the productions there by Lucinda Holliday - "Tucson's Queen Of Comedy" (see ad...page #6) packed the house with her very special comedy laced performances, the Log Cabin Republicans (see article...Log Cabin...page #3) national organization announced it was One Hundred Thousand Dollars $100,000.00 in debt (see article...Log Cabin...page #3), Desert Coyotes (see article...'Desert Coyotes...page #6) the city's LGBT and straight supportive bowling league bowled at 7pm on Wednesdays at the Santa Cruz Lanes located at 3665 S. 16th Avenue which sometimes hosted the Chuzapalooza (C.H.U.Z.A.) (see article...Chuzapalooza...page #2) (see article...'Desert Coyotes...page #6) annual LGBT bowling tournament that began in 2007, the Tucson M2M Social Network (see article...Tucson M2M Takes....page #2) - (see ad...page #16) (see exhibit) (see exhibit) group founded as a Gentlemen's Fraternal Organization (see ad...page #11) by retired reclusive multi-millionaire Jonathan Marks attracted a mix of highly motivated university students and mature professional men. The founder, who never met or socialized with the general membership, and a small inner circle of the mature members confidentially each donated five (5) thousand dollars ($5,000.00) as part of their initiation & membership, however for the college-university students and most other members no donation was ever mentioned. The group then provided annual college scholarships to a number of its younger members, held prize contests for members & auctions for charity at its meetings, offered free death-funeral benefits to all members, and secretly donated heavily to various Tucson based LGBT related groups and charitable LGBT organizations around Tucson.


2009 Pride In The Desert

2009 Pride On Parade

2009 Pride In The Desert


Upon the untimely death of the groups founder, the trustee of the estate in following the founders last wishes reportedly held a final wake & meeting of members for the deceased Marks at which $20,000.00 in $100 bills were thrown up in the air over the heads of blindfolded members in a game called Catch It & You Keep It. The balance of the groups funds in cash were put into numerous sealed envelopes and anonymously donated to LGBT related groups and organizations all over the city, its website was shut down, and all its records burned in a final ceremony. Not long after rumors surfaced that a core group of senior members and university students merely morphed into an even more secret Fraternal Gay Organization operating both on campus at the University of Arizona and around Tucson (see...NOTICES...page #14).


2009 Miss Gay Tucson
America Promo

2009 Pride Parade &
Pride In The Desert

2009 Pride In The Desert

2009 AIDSWALK Tucson
Promo

By the closing of the decade Club Congress (see ad...page #11) had once again faded as a LGBT venue, the Welcome To OZ LGBT and straight allies bowling league was hitting the pins at Tucson Bowl 7020 E. 21st Street, The Coyote Moon Pub (see ad...page #2) had replaced the Howl At The Moon (see ad...page #16) bar at 915 W. Prince Road, and gone forever were the bars Valentina's (see ad...page #5),Stars bar (see Bar Calendar of Upcoming...page #18), Emerald City bar (see ad...page #6), Stonewall, LTD (see ad...page #7), Yard Dog (see ad...page #4), November Bar & Grill (see map...page #15). Also passing into history in the 2000's were former University of Arizona English Professor (see...In Memoriam...page #3) activist and founding member and later executive director of the Tucson Aids Project (T.A.P.S.)(see...In Memoriam...page #3), the Coyote Moon Health Resort after a 13 month run closed due to financial problems after hosting over 400 LGBT guests, (see 1980's) Craig Bradford Snow (see...In Memoriam...page #3) (see article...Memorial For Craig...page #2) who died at home of cancer on Wednesday May 17, 2006, the popular businesswomen Melinda Mae Brown owner of the bars Ain't Nobody's Business in both Tucson at 2900 E. Broadway Boulevard and Phoenix at 3031 E. Indian School Road died at home on October 5, 2003, world traveler and adventurer James E. Dawson affectionally called the Scooter Bitch (see photo) (see... In Memoriam...page #2) who died at his home of Cirrhosis on Saturday March 15, 2003, former later 1990's Club 2520 owner who remodeled the building and changed the name to Plug Tucson a.k.a. The Plug (see In Memoriam...page #2) (see 1990's) owner Brian Morris Kruger (see In Memoriam...page #2) died of Leukemia on Monday August 18, 2008. Native Tucsonan and founder of the annual drive for the Arizona Children's Home (see...In Memoriam...page #4) in the 1970's Rudolph (Rudi) Riesgo (see...In Memoriam...page #4) died on Thursday January 27, 2000 of cancer.


2009 New Years

2009 New Years

2009 New Years

2000-2009
Those We Have Lost


Gone forever were former Gay Heartthrob and Actor Charles Van Dell Johnson (see article...Gay Heartthrob...page #10) died on Friday December 12, 2008, the T V Sitcom Will & Grace (see article...Will & Grace...page #15) had ended after its eight (8) year run, pop icon Michael Joseph Jackson who died in his bed on June 25, 2009 after being given the medications Propofol, Lorazepam and Midazolam at a rented mansion located at 100 N. Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles, the Color Barrier at the Whitehouse fell as Barrack Obama (see article...Obama Tells LGBT...page #7) (see article...An LGBT Report Card For...page #7) was elected President on November 4, 2008 (see article...Obama Wins...page #1) (see article...Analysis" As Young...page #16) (see photo...Sorry We're Closed...page #12) (see article...LGBT Americans Have...page #9) for the top job at the Whitehouse (see article...Waiting...page #11), former president Ronald Regan, the N.A.S.A. space shuttle Columbia, musician Ray Charles, rubber stamped housing loans.

Along the way some of the local LGBT groups, organizations, businesses had faltered, stumbled, or were gone forever. But, the ones that survived and entered into the next decade of the 2010's (see 2010's) did so a lot more lean & mean and were once again dedicatedly ready to serve Tucson's LGBT Community in the new decade coming just over the horizon. On December 31, 2009 as the clock struck midnight within the 227.8 square mile city limits, 545,852 residents crossed over into the new decade, and Tucson's LGBT Community was still standing proud with its many fine resources firmly in place and ready for the new decade of the 2010's!


Tucson LGBT Museum
September 11, 2001
Tucson LGBT Museum Exhibit
2001 Comic In Rolling Stone
Magazine
Tucson LGBT Museum Exhibit
Orasure Test Items
Tucson LGBT Museum Exhibit
2006 Gay Marriage
Support Protest Tucson

2007 Sex Change Operation
Tucson LGBT Museum
2009 Oy Vey! My Son
Is Gay Movie
Tucson LGBT Museum
2009 Tucson
Arizona
Tucson LGBT Museum
2007 4th Avenue Flood
Tucson
Tucson LGBT Museum
2006 Rillito River
Flood Tucson
 
2000's The Out Route
 

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