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Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgendered Issues Collection 1999-2009

MS 501

Collection Summary

Creator: Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
Collection Name: Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgendered Issues Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1999-2009
Physical Description:4.5 linear feet
Abstract: This collection is comprised of documents generated and compiled by the Tucson GLBT commission from its inception in 1999. The bulk of the material are meeting notes from monthly meetings, but also includes specific research into the commission’s area of interest such as hate crimes, transgender awareness and domestic partnerships. While the material is mostly documents, there are some AV materials that are designed as outreach for the community. It also contains community feedback and criticism regarding GLBT topics.
Collection Number:MS 501
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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 organized into 4 series.
Series I: Manuals Undated
Series II: Meetings October 1999- September 2009
Subseries 1: Correspondence
Subseries 2: Committee
Subseries 3: Subcommittee
Series III: Research 2000-2007
Series IV: Outreach Undated



There are no restrictions on this collection.


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Access Terms

Domestic partner benefits--Law and legislation--Arizona
Gay activists--United States
Hate crimes--Arizona
Sexual minorities--Civil rights--Arizona--Tucson

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Collection (MS 501). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Manuals , Undated
This series contains the different manuals and handbooks retained by the commission
11 GLBT Commission Handbook undated
12 Commission, Boards and Commission Handbooks undated
13 Commission Manual (1 of 3) undated
14 Commission Manual (2 of 3) undated
15 Commission Manual (3 of 3) undated
Series II: Meetings , October 1999- September 2009
This series is arranged in chronological order. It contains meeting agendas, notes and related materials divided between correspondence, committee and subcommittee.
Subseries 1: Correspondence 2003-2006, 2008
16 Correspondence 2003-2006
17 Miscellaneous Correspondence 2008
Subseries 2: Committee 1999-2009
18 Committee-Electronic Files on DVD and floppy disk 2001-2008
19 Committee-Financial undated
110 Committee October 1999
111 Committee November Interviews 1999
112 Committee December Interviews 1999
113 Committee-Meeting Notes October 1999-December 1999
114 Committee-Meeting Notes January 1999-December 2002
115 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2001-August 2001
116 Committee-Meeting Notes September 2001-December 2001
117 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2004, June 2004-September 2004
118 Committee-Meeting Notes March 2004
119 Committee-Meeting Notes April 2004
120 Meeting Notes , May 2005
121 Committee-Meeting Notes October 2004-December 2004
21 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2005-May 2005
22 Committee-Meeting Notes July 2005-September 2005
23 Committee-Meeting Notes October 2005-December 2005
24 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2006-September 2006
25 Committee-Meeting Notes October 2006-March 2007
26 Committee-Meeting Notes May 2007-September 2007
27 Committee-Meeting Notes May 2007-December 2007
28 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2008-June 2008
29 Committee-Meeting Notes September 2009-December 2008
210 Committee-Meeting Notes January 2009-September 2009
Subseries 3: Subcommittee 1999-2008
211 Subcommittee on Education 1999-2008
212 Subcommittee- on Legal 1999-2006
213 Subcommittee- on Park Sex 2004-2006
214 Subcommittee- on Social Services 1999
Series III: Research, February 2000-2007 , Undated
This series is subdivided by broad theme and then arranged chronologically. It contains research notes and community responses
31 Anti-Discrimination-Assorted Materials undated
32 Boy Scouts-Mayor Comment Line February 20, 2000-September 24, 2000
33 Boy Scouts-Mayor Comment Line September 25, 2000
34 Boy Scouts-Mayor Comment Line September 26, 2000
35 Mayor Comment Line September 27, 2000-October 2, 2000
36 United Way Correspondence 2001
37 Newspaper Clippings 2001
38 Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell- Repeal 2007
39 Firefighters-Women’s Firefighting Assorted Materials undated
310 Firefighters-Firefighter Sensitivity Training Materials undated
311 Firefighters-Fire Department Related News Clippings undated
312 Firefighters-Richard Miranda Hate Crime 2002
313 Firefighters-Opela Hate Crime (1of 2) 2001
314 Firefighters- Opela Hate Crime (2of 2) 2001
315 HIV-Robert/Meeks Article and Correspondence July 2005
316 Transgender-Transgender News and Related Material undated
317 Domestic Partnership-Assorted Materials and Correspondence undated
318 Domestic Partnership-Other States’ Policies undated
Series IV: Outreach , Undated
This series contains outreach materials used to educate the public
319 Notes and Information undated
320 Hate Crimes DVD and video undated