Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998


Posted by Miki Odawa on October 23, 2012
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We are 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.

SAGA Member Appointed to High Pentagon Post

Posted by Miki Odawa on September 22, 2015
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IMG_0777SAGA member Amanda Simpson, the highest ranking transgender appointee of any presidential administration in history, was recently sworn in as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy.

Amanda has been a long-time member of SAGA and was instrumental in the early formation and growth of the organization.  In collaboration with the late Alexander John Goodrum, Amanda designed SAGA’s ATWork program, which works with employers to educate management about trans issues.

Amanda joined the administration in 2009 but has retained her roots in Tucson and the SAGA community. SAGA congratulates Amanda and celebrates her dedication to the goals we all work for.

SAGA’s 4th of July Party

Posted by Miki Odawa on July 14, 2015
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The 4th of July started out muggy, but by noon the sun broke out, and Kevin Maxey, SAGA’s founder and Board Chair, hosted SAGA members at his house for a party.  Stephanie Anne was there with her camera, and offers up these pictures of the event.


Cool, clear water…

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Help SAGA Grow!

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 23, 2015
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What a busy time this has been! In the six months since SAGA reorganized we’ve been working hard to reinvigorate our alliance. Today we want to let you know what we’ve been up to, and to thank you for your support — without which we would never have been able to grow.
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Updated SAGA brochure!

Posted by Michael Woodward on May 18, 2015
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There have been a lot of changes for SAGA in recent months, so it was time to update the infamous SAGA general brochure. Feel free to download or pass the link on to someone who might want to know about our organization.

Includes up-to-date calendar of monthly meetings!

Click here to download a copy of the SAGA general info brochure in PDF format

GALA Tipping Point Party

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 13, 2015
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SAGA held it’s spring Tipping Point Party on Saturday, May 9th.

Nearly 100 people came out to listen to music, meet other trans people, eat good food, and have fun.

Here are a few photos from the event.

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Laverne Cox Receives Award from SAGA

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 5, 2015
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Actress Laverne Cox appeared at the University of Arizona on May 4, 2015 courtesy the Wildcat Events Board and many sponsoring organizations. Her remarks, entitled, “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the crowd.

The actress, who plays the character Sophia Burset in the Emmy-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black, spoke passionately about the intersections of race, gender, poverty in the trans community, sharing parts of her own story growing up as a transgender child.

After her speech and Q&A, SAGA took to the stage to present Ms. Cox with the inaugural Alexander John Goodrum Catalyst of Change Award. Ian Ellesante and Michael Woodward made the presentation of the award, named after the Tucson activist who died in 2002.

Read more about the event and the award as covered by the Tucson Weekly!

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Ian Ellisante and Michael Woodward presented the recognition on behalf of SAGA.

Catalyst of Change Award

New Suicide Hotline Dedicated to Trans People Now Open for Calls

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 5, 2015
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Trans Lifeline, the first U.S. suicide hotline dedicated to transgender people, began taking calls this month. Created by a San Francisco group led by trans software developer Greta Martela, Trans Lifeline is entirely staffed by trans-identified volunteers. Its founders hope that the “by trans people, for trans people” approach will help trans people receive the help they need.

Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.