Wingspan LGBT Community Center records

MS 738
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Wingspan logo. Box 2, Folder 2.

Collection area: Arizona Queer Archives

Collection dates: 1967-2019

About this collection

The Wingspan LGBT Community Center records includes administrative and programming material from the Center. Items are arranged into series of similar information. Any records that are restricted have been listed as restricted in the finding aid and cannot be released until 2032. 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. It was transferred to Special Collections in 2020.

Historical background

Winspan Community Center was a nonprofit resource center located in Tucson, Arizona from 1988 to 2014. The Center provided outreach and social service programs for Tucson's LGBTQ community. The Center also served advocates and allies within the community. The vision of the center "involved a space where meetings could be held on a regular basis, a lending library, and an info-line telephone service to share community information" (Arizona Queer Archives). In 1989, Wingspan received its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status and received grants to help grow the center and its space.

As noted by the Arizona Queer Archives, "Some of the agency's major contributions to the Old Pueblo was the creation of PFLAG, Tucson's first Spanish-language LGBTQ group, and the Bilingual Anti-Violence Hotline. In 2014, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) took over operation of the Anti-Violence Programs and the Eon Youth Lounge program that had formerly been headed by Wingspan."

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