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Pride in the Desert

Arizona's first LGBTQ organization, going strong since 1977, celebrates with a parade-festival in September.

Pride in the Desert: Celebrating Tucson Unity For 43 Years

September 2020

It’s safe to say people from all walks of life come out to celebrate their pride in Tucson.

Pride in the Desert, Tucson Pride’s signature event, takes place one fine September day every year. Staged outdoors with live entertainment, over 100 exhibitors, an ever-popular kid's fun area and all kinds of snacks, it normally brings together between 6,000 and 10,000 revelers and about 80 nonprofit and retail vendors. The festival kicks off with the much-anticipated Tucson Pride Parade.

Dates and locations will be announced soon.

About Tucson Pride 

Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance, known as Tucson Pride, is an all-volunteer administered and operated nonprofit that produces and promotes cultural, educational and recreational events for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Tucson and southern Arizona.

Tucson Pride was established in 1977, making it Arizona’s first and longest-running LGBTQ organization.

During Gay Pride Month in June, Tucson Pride supports local businesses and events commemorating the infamous 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan as well as the senseless 1976 death of 21-year-old Richard Heakin in Tucson. The Richard Heakin hate crime-murder led the City of Tucson to become one of the first in the nation to pass anti-discrimination legislation based on sexual orientation on February 4, 1977.

A memorial plaque honoring Richard Heakin rests in Sunset Park,  255 W. Alameda St., downtown Tucson.

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