A Message from saaf...

As each year unfolds, we continue to assess the evolving needs of our community and determine the most effective ways to provide valuable support and presence to those we serve. Our community has spoken, and we feel we are responding to what they are telling and showing us. While our history of showing up for and providing community opportunities to bring us all together in joy, remembrance, celebration and growth, we know we need to always look forward. We have assessed our performance over the years, and the community embrace we have enjoyed through our events in years past. We are also mindful to acknowledging times change, as do the needs and desires of our SAAF community. Based on the many forms of feedback we have received, we are placing Jell-O Wrestling on a pause for an undetermined amount of time to make space for new ways to bring our community together in solidarity and celebration. We understand that embracing change can be both challenging and filled with opportunities. With a desire to always lead with excellence in our services, we have made this decision to transition away from Jell-O Wrestling this year, redirecting our focus towards other impactful initiatives.

We wish to acknowledge the significant legacy that Reno Gannon and Jell-O Wrestling have contributed to the LGBTQ+ community, leaving a lasting impression on SAAF. We are grateful for this wonderful legacy, and we are thrilled to announce the upcoming PRIDE Raffle in June and the enhancement our decision allows. During the PRIDE Raffle, we are excited to present an enticing raffle opportunity featuring two tickets to the Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano Show in Las Vegas, a luxurious hotel stay at the Park MGM, and a $150.00 Visa gift card. This raffle is made possible through the continued generous support of Dr. Kayla Boyer and Speedway Veterinary Hospital. This promises to be an eventful and rewarding endeavor, and we invite you to participate. You can purchase your tickets on the bottom of this page and log in to watch the drawing on Facebook Live with Lucinda Holliday on June 12, 2024 at 4:00pm.

We are also in full swing with the launch and Grand Opening preparation of the SAAF Health Clinic. SAAF has proposed to improve health equity among LGBTQ+ and other underserved populations by creating our region’s first LGBTQ-affirming and dedicated health center–SAAF Health Clinic. We offer primary care medical services in a safe and supportive clinical setting designed to (1) increase access to care and optimize health outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized populations; and (2) reduce health disparities among Pima County’s LGBTQ+ community. We will target health care services to patients of all ages from the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized populations, including people experiencing homelessness, people who use substances such as those participants utilizing our Syringe Access Program (over 300 people weekly), refugees, those without legal immigration status, and people of color.

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to our cause. Together, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Beth Frantz, SAAF CEO

About our Pride Raffle Sponsor

Speedway Veterinary Hospital (SVH) opened in 1998 in Tucson, Arizona. Since then, Dr. Kayla Boyer, owner of Speedway Vet Hospital, has supported SAAF through sponsorships for multiple events.

SVH is a unique place. It has a very “family” oriented atmosphere and culture. They pride themselves on personalized service, top quality care, best practices, state-of-the-art equipment, and fantastic staff. Dr. Boyer says, “I love vet med, my clients, my patients, and my staff. I think that comes through in everything my staff and I do for you and your pets.”

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