Yesterday, the Tucson Weekly was told that Wingspan, Tucson's 25-year-old LGBT community center and advocacy organization, was possibly closing, its executive director terminated and that employees were told yesterday that their jobs are ending July 31 due to the continued loss of grants and other funding.
However, Paul Guerrero, Wingspan board of directors, denied that current Wingspan employees were told they were losing their jobs. In fact, he said, the organization is working to prevent that from happening and to partner with other organizations to help the agency continue its programs, like Eon Youth, Anti-Violence Prevention and Senior Pride. The Wingspan board, he said, plans to send out a formal press release tomorrow.
The organization's lease ends July 31. According to one source, the organization can no longer afford to remain in its current space. Guerrero said there will be a move, but the board doesn't know right now what that will look like. He said Grimsby was terminated because her position is unfunded without needed donations coming into the agency; and its overhead is higher than its current level of funding. Some grants, he said, are terminated, while others continue.
The current board has spent the past week studying what to do next and has fielded dozens of phone calls from community members concerned about the organization's future. Guerrero said he anticipates the board will have a better idea of what happens next for Wingspan by next week.
The Weekly will report more updates as they are available and more in next week's issue.