You have probably read or heard of the problems that Wingspan, our sister organization, is undergoing. Due to a shortfall in revenue, Wingspan has been forced into the position of either merging with another organization, or going out of business. We are greatly saddened to see this happen, as we have had a long, productive and friendly relationship with Wingspan over the years. Many of us have participated fully in Wingspan’s functions and feel a personal disappointment that Wingspan’s fate has come to this.
Though SAGA has been a part of Wingspan for the past 10 years, the two organizations started out separately, and have maintained a degree of individuality throughout our affiliation. The SAGA Board of Directors (known within Wingspan as the SAGA Advisory Council) has always been in charge of SAGA’s programming and services.
SAGA’s mission is far too important, and the social and support functions that we provide for transgender people in Southern Arizona are too critical to allow them to fall by the wayside. The SAGA board believes that now is the time for us to chart our own separate course.
You should know that SAGA has every intention of continuing to support our members and all transgender people. We will continue to hold our monthly meetings, our occasional celebrations, and our advocacy for transgender rights as long as the trans community wants us.
By the end of this month we will have to find a new location for our meetings. Until that time, we will continue to use the Wingspan Welcome Center as before. The SAGA board is currently speaking with other organizations in an attempt to secure meeting space. If you know of an organization with a suitable meeting room that will hold up to 30 or so participants and that they would be willing to share with us on six evenings a month, please contact the Board via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our July SAGA General meeting will be devoted to discussing the current situation and answering your questions as best we can at that moment. Please attend this meeting on Monday, July 7 at 7:00pm, and let us know what you would like from the new, rejuvenated SAGA.
You can continue to watch our website (www.sagatucson.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/SAGAgroup/), or subscribe to the message board (http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SAGA-AZ/info) for further developments. We will update those accounts as events develop.
Thank you for your support,
Board of Directors
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance