Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgendered Issues collection

MS 501
Letter to Tucson City Manager's Office Discussing "Gender Identity"

In this letter to Ms. Sylvia Campoy, Tucson citizens discuss the progress being made by Tucson in regard to its adoption of the wording 'gender identity' and its non-discrimination policies.

Collection area: Arizona Queer Archives

Collection dates: 1999-2009

About this collection

Documents, few AV materials and electronic files on disk storage 1999-2009. This collection is comprised of the meetings, correspondence and research of the Tucson Commission of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgendered Issues. The bulk of the material relates meeting agendas and information researched by subcommittees. The collection includes the meeting agendas and official notes taken at the monthly meetings. The Commission observed summer and winter recesses causing the lapse of a month or two in the notes. This collection contains research done by the commission in response to the issues involving the GLBT community such as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and HIV. Some outreach materials have been retained including, hate crime videos and the Don’t Play in the Park campaigns. Correspondence with leading politicians, such as the mayor and the fire chief, is also included. This collection is part of the Arizona Queer Archives (AQA), a community focused archive through the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. The collection contains publications, writings, pamphlets, programs, and oversized publicity posters which were originally used in an exhibit created by the GLBT organizations on the UA campus. It was transferred to Special Collections in 1987.

Historical background

Originated in 1998 as a mayoral task force in response to a hate crime in Tucson, the force evolved into a Commission of its own in 1999. The commission deals with a number of GLBT-related issues in the community, including HIV awareness and advocating for the gay community.

The commission was charged with advocating for the GLBT community in the Tucson area. Under this sanction, they developed political and social policies to better the lives of those in this community, including the creation of sensitivity training for local employers/employees and Arizona’s first Domestic Partner Registration. Among its other accomplishments were the addition of gender identity to civil rights protections and a recommendation of standard practices for health care and social services.

A crucial part of Tucson history and of the push forward for GLBT rights in the Southwest, the Tucson Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues remains one of the few government sanctioned independent commissions for advocacy in the country.

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