Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998


Posted by miki 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.

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 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 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

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.

Contribute to SAGA

Posted by miki on April 25, 2015
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We make every effort to keep SAGA meetings and services cost-free for participants, but there remain expenses that accrue to SAGA for our events and activities. With a very minimal budget provided by our generous donors, SAGA is continually in need of funds to maintain our operations.

If you wish to contribute to help defray the costs of operating SAGA, please click the link below to donate through our secure payment center. The Donate Now link is unique to SAGA.

SAGA is a 501(c)(3) organization and your gift is tax-deductible within applicable IRS guidelines.

Or if you would prefer, you can send your check to:

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
PO Box 41863
Tucson, AZ 85717

We will never sell or share your private information without your written permission.

We appreciate your support!  Thank you so much for your help.

SAGA at Wingspan Dinner

Posted by miki on February 18, 2015
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Rep. Stefanie Mach, Jen Hoefle, Abby Jensen, Kelli Olson, Cheryl Cage

Rep. Stefanie Mach, Jen Hoefle Olson, Abby Jensen, Kelli Olson, Cheryl Cage

On February 14th, all of LGBT Tucson came out for the annual Wingspan Dinner.  This year’s honoree was Kent Burbank, while the Keynote speakers were Jennifer Hoefle Olson and Kelli (J.C.) Olson.  SAGA was there in force, and Stephanie Anne Donoghue had her camera.  Here are a few pictures from the event:



Sharon Schubitzke

Sharon Schubitzke



Michael Woodward, Carolyn fort, Penelope Starr, Silvia Kolchens, Susan Friedman

Michael Woodward, Carolyn Fort, Penelope Starr, Silvia Kolchens, Susan Friedman










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Updated 2015 Info on ID Documents

Posted by miki on January 20, 2015
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SAGA has recently updated our information on establishing an identity and what documentation is required for the various pieces of identification. The information covers 2015 requirements for Driver’s Licenses, Social Security and Passports. Click here to learn about establishing your transgender identity. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted by miki on December 6, 2014
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Our 9th annual Transgender Awareness Week culminated with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th.  Here are a couple of videos contributed by our friends and videographers Glen and Annyce Meiners, of Beyond Video.

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