Wingspan’s 7th Annual Multi-faith PRIDE Service



    Wingspan’s 7th Annual Multi-Faith PRIDE Service

    A celebration of the journey from where we’ve been, to where we are now, to looking at what we want our community, local and global, to look like in a more positive future.

    We have come a long way this past year and there is much to celebrate, but there is still much to be done. Please join us at this year’s celebration at St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church on October 8, 2015 at 7pm with an open heart for a hopeful future.

    St. Philip’s is excited this year to be our hosts for “Dancing the Bridge to Wholeness!” Through their LGBTQA Ministry, generous underwriting has been provided to bring Vivian Taylor, from the Boston area, as our honored guest speaker. Vivian is a transgender activist, writer, former chaplain assistant in the Army National Guard, and the past executive director of Integrity USA. We are so excited to having Vivian with us and look forward to giving her a warm Tucson welcome!

    Other highlights from the evening will include music from Desert Voices and Reveille Men’s Chorus and Muslim participation for the first time. There will also be a meditation with crystal singing bowls and a special interpretative dance composition to India Arie’s song, “I Am Light,” as well as a blessing of the Elders by the youth. Come share an evening in your heart with Tucson’s LGBTQ community as we “dance the bridge” to wholeness together!! An offering being taken at the service benefits Devereux adoption agency. Devereux has long supported LGBTQ couples and individuals in Arizona being able to foster and adopt children in need of loving homes. For more information about Devereux Arizona, please visit

    Immediately following the service, clergy from different faiths will be offering service goers individual blessings from their tradition.

    ***At the post service reception, tickets will be sold for the Monday Oct. 12th screening of “Pride” at the Loft Cinema, along with a showing of the film trailer.***

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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