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.

TPD Starts Safe Places Initiative

Posted by Miki Odawa on December 22, 2016
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This fall with support from SAGA, the Tucson Police Department rolled out a new program to provide safe shelter for LGBTQ individuals who find themselves in an emergency situation. “It’s basically an anti-LGBTQ bullying and crime effort that involves local businesses partnering with the police department to offer a safe place.” After consultations with Southern Arizona Gender Alliance representatives, TPD initiated the program with a few downtown businesses and have already had inquires from many more.

Participating businesses display a rainbow badge decal so safety threatened individuals can have a safe place to make police reports and wait for police to respond. All of the officers who are responsible for the downtown area have been trained by SAGA and SAAF in transgender awareness issues and LGBTQ concerns. SAGA also offers training to participating businesses and their employees.

The Safe Place program is all about building respect and tolerance, knowledge, and understanding between businesses, the police, and the LGBTQ community.

The program is currently limited to TPD’s Downtown Division, which consists of downtown, 4th Avenue and Main Gate areas. However, they hope to expand it to the rest of the city sometime in 2017.


SAGA Rider Wins Tour de Tucson

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 21, 2016
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jillian_bearden_after_winning_aThe 2016 El Tour de Tucson was held on November 19th. SAGA was able to field a team of five riders, including Anna Catarina List, Claire Swinford, Erin Russ, and two out-of town visiting trans riders, Jillian Bearden of Colorado Springs and Ruth Seaman of Oklahoma.

It was a fine day Saturday.  There were 2,109 contenders in the 106-mile race.  Jillian came in first in the Women’s division, while the other members of Team SAGA turned in respectable finishes as well.  The race was a great finish to Team SAGA’s first outing.


Posted by Miki Odawa on November 10, 2016
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in remembering by name the transgendered individuals who have passed from this life in the last year in a moving celebration of their lives and our trans community.

Long time nationally known trans activist and blogger joining us from Houston, TX for this event!

SAGA VP and General Counsel

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a ceremony conducted across the country in recognition and solidarity.  The event is an annual living Memorial to the lives of many fellow transgender folks, people like all of us.  These people helped blaze the way to greater social acceptance that we all strive for.  Their sacrifice is remembered and honored by our appreciation and respect.  Their lives were lived and ended in the beautiful spirit and right of freedom of expression.  We will honor them by name, with candles, and a procession after the ceremony.

The procession will end at the First United Methodist Church at 915 E. 4th St, Tucson, located a short ways from the mall.  Entering through the main entrance will bring folks to a light reception hosted by SAGA to build community from remembrance.

Senior Pride Survey of Elders

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 10, 2016
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Our friends at Senior pride are asking for information about the need for assistance to LGBT PrintSeniors.  If you are a senior or know someone who is an LGBT senior, you can help them.

Please take the time to fill in this survey at the link below. Senior Pride is working to promote neighborhood services for LGBTQI Elders who want to stay independent and in their homes for as long as possible. Your input is important.

If you know someone who would like to receive this survey in the mail, please call 520-312-8923 and give mailing address. Thanks!

SAGA Has Moved!

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 8, 2016
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Sadly, our multi-year run at Fluxx has come to an end.  All support groups that formerly met at Fluxx are now meeting at Studio One, 197 E. Toole Avenue.weve-moved