I am still surprised when I meet a gay or lesbian person in Southern Arizona,and he/she doesn’t know about Wingspan. This is a fantastic resource and advocacy center for the GLBT community, conveniently located in a two story building at 425 E. 7th Street, just east of 4th Avenue in Tucson. As of Sunday the center will be closing temporarily till July 24 due to consolidation with the EON Youth Lounge across the street, and will reopen on Monday July 27 at this new site.
A myriad of programs are being run by Wingspan, such as an anti-violence crisis hotline, a homeless teen program, another called Senior Pride for the elderly. Check out all this and more at their website, www.wingspan.org. There’s also a free lending library, community meeting rooms, even a cybercenter.
Recently Wingspan board President Cynthia Garcia sent out an email alert to the community about restructuring due to hard economic times, including the resignation of the Executive Director. Jason Cianciotto will stay only through July 31, paid at only $1, as Wingspan is returning to an all-volunteer agency. Read the text of the July 17 alert here from their website:
As a straight ally, I have been to several events and receptions at Wingspan, along with my husband. Sign up for their weekly online newsletter which has lots of activities to participate in and support. The well attended Annual Dinner in September will also be reorganized into something different according to Board President Garcia.
Please consider a donation (no matter how small) to help this worthy organization continue its programs. Times are hard, and this group needs our support now.