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.

Join the 2105 Trans Survey

Posted by Miki Odawa on July 28, 2015
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Almost everything we know about trans experiences in the U.S. comes from one place: the 2011 report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS): Injustice At Every Turn 

The NTDS has become our community’s go-to resource for helping the public understand trans people. It’s shown us the number of trans people who’ve faced discrimination or harassment in employment, housing, school, health care, and in many other areas of their lives.

The follow-up to this study is coming on August 19, 2015. Pledge now to learn more about how you can help.

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SAGA 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.

Contribute to SAGA

Posted by Miki Odawa 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 Odawa 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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