Tucson Observer, an LGBTQ+ news organization that began publication in 1976 in the wake of a tragic murder. A vacationing Richard Heakin was beaten to death outside Tucson's Stonewall Tavern by a group of high school students. This was a huge turning point for Tucson's LGBT community, which pressured the city to address the murder, hate crimes and equality. They also wanted better communication with the LGBT community, in response, Bob Ellis launched the Tucson Gay Newsletter, which later became the Tucson Observer. **Ellis also helped organize Tucson's first Pride celebration in June 1977 at Himmel Park.