Wingspan closing its doors soon - Tucson News Now

Wingspan closing its doors soon

One of Southern Arizona's longest-running nonprofit organizations serving the lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities is looking into ways to prevent its closure.

Wingspan released a statement on its Facebook page over the weekend, which stated in part:

The Board of Directors recognizes and understands the responsibility it has to maintain the legacy of Wingspan and her programs. Given the current economic and financial situation that Wingspan is experiencing, the Board voted to begin collaborations with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation to discuss a transition that will allow for Wingspan's programs and mission to continue. Discussions with other non-profits are also occurring.

Ethan Cox, Director of Development with the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, said an exact "merger" is not set in stone but the organization is in talks with Wingspan to consider options that will keep the LGBT nonprofit operating.

"We really have one of the most outstanding LGBT communities in the nation and have been recognized nationally quite a few times and so that's a real feather in Tucson's cap but I also think it's a reason that a lot of people do come to live here. They know that it's a very tolerant atmosphere in Tucson, it's a tolerant community," Cox said.

Operation expenses for SAAF in fiscal year 2013 was approximately $7.4 million.

Possible plans to collaborate with Wingspan will be discussed in coming weeks and a decision will ultimately be decided by SAAF's board of directors.

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