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Pride in the Desert

Arizona's first LGBTQ organization, going strong since 1977, celebrates virtually October 2020.

Pride in the Desert: Celebrating Tucson Unity Since 1976

October 2021 Dates TBA

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, typically takes place one fine September day every year. This year, due to COVID-19, Tucson Pride's Virtual celebration took place on October 24, 2020, in honor of National Coming Out Month. Visit for event details.  

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 1976, making it Arizona’s first and longest-running LGBTQ organization.

During national 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 June 6, 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 is displayed in Sunset Park, 255 W. Alameda St., downtown Tucson.

Bisbee's Pride Event

The adorable mountain town of Bisbee, about 95 miles southeast of Tucson, celebrated Gay Pride Month virtually. Check out thier Facebook Page for event details.

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