Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998


Posted by Miki Odawa on October 23, 2012
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We’re glad you found the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance!

SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, non-binary, two-spirit, butch, femme, gender fluid, intersex, and ALL of us who are gender fabulous!

SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. We provide support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.

Show Trans Pride at 2016 Pride on Parade

Posted by Miki Odawa on September 8, 2016
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erin-at-bisbee-prideCome join SAGA as we march in the 2016 Pride on Parade in Tucson on Friday, September 30th. We will meet at Catalina Park (4th Ave and 2nd street) at 5:00pm.

The parade kicks off at 7pm, and marches down 4th Avenue. Admission is free, you don’t need to register, and all you need to bring is you.

Let’s come together, show Tucson just how big and beautiful the Trans community is, and kick off Pride weekend with a bang!!!

SAGA Protests Court Ruling

Posted by Miki Odawa on August 23, 2016
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The Southern AZ Gender Alliance (SAGA) strongly condemns the injunction issued today by U.S. District court Judge Reed O’Connor, blocking implementation of the US Dept. of Education’s directive protecting Transgender children from bathroom bullies.

Judge O’Connor’s injunction contradicts decisions in five different appellate courts; it provides no discernable benefits to the school environment; and it will put transgender children at risk of harassment and violence.

Read more

SAGA’s Big 4th of July Party

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 27, 2016
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On a balmy day SAGA held its annual 4th of July family picnic in Reid Park.  Despite temperatures well into the 90’s, over 150 members and friends showed up for a gala event organized by the wonderfully talented Claire Swinford. Despite a dearth of deviled eggs, people had a great time seeing everybody and schmoozing.

Free SAGA Public Speaking Seminar

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 27, 2016
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SAGA at Bisbee Pride

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 25, 2016
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What’s the Big Deal about Bathrooms?

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 13, 2016
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Hear Abby Louise Jensen, Vice President and General Counsel of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance will discuss the latest attack on peoples’ basic human rights.  Who are trans people anyway, and why does anyone care where we pee?This event is part of the Wednesday night’s  Ideas for Change programs to help Revolutionary Grounds survive in Tucson.  Please join us

Wednesday, June 15th
5:30 pm
Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee
606 N. 4th Avenue 

SAGA Mourns Orlando Shooting Victims

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 12, 2016
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With heavy hearts, SAGA mourns the loss of 50 members of our LGBT community in Orlando, and the countless other lives forever damaged by the gross act of hate at Pulse nightclub. As we mourn, we stand with a community shaken, and we process countless emotions – sorrow, rage, fear, all of them valid, all of them too common in the lives of the LGBT community.

We have witnessed an act of hate whose savagery goes beyond understanding. Sadly this is but an extreme version of the anti-LGBT animosity that is not only common, but entirely too accepted by our society, from state houses to the streets. This is the reality for queer identities, a reality that leads us to mourn today, but will also lead us to stand united, and forever fight to eradicate hate in all its forms.

Senior Pride is Looking for Poets

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 10, 2016
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One of our sister organizations, Southern Arizona Senior Pride, is looking for poets to present diverse viewpoints at their fall poetry event, headed by TC Tolbert.  If you’re a poet and you like to read your works to the public, this is a good opportunity.

Save Date Poetry

SAGA Goes to the White House (sort of)

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 1, 2016
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On May 16th, four SAGA members provided information to conferrees at the White House Regional Summit on LGBT Issues, which was held at the Arizona State University in Tempe.  Abby Jensen provided a presentation on the State of Nondiscrimination against trans people, while Claire spoke about the challenges for trans people in accessing health care.  Amy D’Arpino gave evidence about the needs of trans children, while Erin Russ spoke about the future of nondiscrimination.

Following the Summit, SAGA Vice President and General Counsel Abby Louise Jensen appeared on KAET’s nightly news program, Horizon, to discuss the Department of Education and Department of Justice’s guidance on the proper treatment of transgender students under Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination in education. (KAET is the Phoenix PBS TV station.)

You can watch that segment here:

Abby Jensen, Claire Swinford and Erin Russ, with White House Liaison Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

Abby Jensen, Claire Swinford and Erin Russ, with White House Liaison Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

Special Presentation at Dezert Advocatz May 19

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 17, 2016
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Come learn about the unique challenges of effective organizing in the transgender community. The PowerPoint presentation will be combined with questions, answers and discussion about how the lessons the Arizona trans community learned in defeating Arizona’s own “bathroom bill” in 2013 can be applied to the issues we face today.

This presentation was developed jointly by Michael Woodward and Abby Jensen, who will be presenting it together at the Gender Odyssey conference in Seattle in August.  Come hear the preview at the Dezert Advocate meeting Thursday, May 19th, at Fluxx.