Meet the members of tucson Queerstory
Rick had a rocky young adulthood; he says his internalized homophobia turned into self-destructive behavior. This experience has given him a unique education and insight of the human condition. He feels an obligation to pass on this knowledge to younger people.
He believes in the value of community, and forgiveness. Supporting those who need a hand to stand back up is the only way people can better themselves. This drives he desire to fundraise and promote the Tucson queer community and all the beauty it holds.
He met his husband, Shawn Graby in 2009 and married in 2014.
He is a producer of multiple events that entertain and raise funds for multiple organizations.
After being asked to speak at a Stonewall 50 event he began collaborating and helped to create Tucson Queerstory. As a founder of the organization Rick has been able to help bring together what he calls, “one of the most important organizations in Tucson’s history. Tucson has such a long queer history, that needs to be preserved and displayed, people need to know how Tucson became a flash point in the history of queer rights and protections in the country.”
She joined Tucson Queerstory in 2019 believing wholeheartedly in the preservation of our history and never going back to a time where diversity was hidden. Today’s conservative agenda seeks to illegally takeaway our hard fought rights. She hopes you will find your calling in this vital movement. She currently serves as a liaison and board member of Tucson Pride.