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.


Posted by Miki Odawa on October 26, 2016
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This year SAGA is expanding Trans-Awareness to the whole month of November to ease scheduling for the many events going on, and make it easier for YOU to take part in them.  Two of the biggies are below:

1.  NAME CHANGE CLINIC – November 5

Are you anticipating changing your identity as a step in your transition?  Our board member, Abby Jensen, a practicing attornscreen-shot-2016-10-13-at-10-24-47-pmey in Pima County, is putting on a seminar on just how to do it.  In Arizona as in many states now, it’s possible to change not only your name, but also your gender marker, without SRS.  Abby walks participants through the process of filing court petitions and taking the court order, once obtained, to all of the various government departments to update your drivers license, social security card, passport, and yes, even your birth certificate.  Although the information is specific to Arizona state laws, out of state trans folks have found the information remarkably helpful in their home states.  Abby is an experienced, warm, and thoughtful speaker, a blessing to our trans-community, she will take the fear of the unknown out of this sometimes complicated process.

2.  EMPLOYMENT EXPO – November 8

Once again SAGA is partnering with some of the local business community to help open job opportunities to trans folk right here in Tucson.  It’s a multifaceted expo full of helpful topics:

  1. Attend talks on what employers are looking for, important topics in transgender issues in the workplace, and legal issues surrounding transgenders in the workplace.
  2. Attend a workshop on how to prepare a persuasive resume, how to present a winning appearance as a transgender, and how to pull off an inspiring interview.
  3. Take advantage of coaching in the employability skills areas learned earlier.
  4. Meet prospective employers to give them (and you) a chance to assess candidates.

There will be more detailed information coming out as we near the dates of the events, stay posted by checking here for what’s going on in Trans Awareness Month.


Posted by Miki Odawa on October 25, 2016
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Is Halloween your favorite day of the year?

Is it because you like to be scared by things that say boo?  Or, is it because it’s the only day you can express yourself as who you really are inside, and others aren’t scared and say OOOH!?

You should know that SAGA is especially for you!  SAGA is a resource for all transgender folks.  All ages, all varieties, all levels of “out”, all inclusive.  There are monthly support groups where you can find people who are like you, who care, companionship, an open understanding ear, friendly advice if you should want it, and a whole host of other resources just a click or a question away!

SAGA treats your confidentiality seriously.  SAGA is here for you as a safe, caring place, any month of the year.  SAGA is here for you to be yourself, be with others who feel the same, and help you feel good about who you are!   Join in and come as you are, no questions asked.

Senior Pride Survey of Elders

Posted by Miki Odawa on October 20, 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!

November is Trans Awareness Month

Posted by Miki Odawa on October 13, 2016
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This year SAGA will be extending our Trans Awareness celebration out to the full month of November, to allow us to schedule more events with fewer conflicts.

Highlights of this year’s offerings will be a Name Change Clinic on November 5th, and an Employment Expo on the 8th.  Come cheer Team SAGA in El Tour de Tucson on November.

Our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 20th, at the Old Main Fountain on the University of Arizona campus.

We’ll have many more events as our calendar becomes finalized.  Check back here for details as the date becomes nearer.

Support Team SAGA in El Tour de Tucson

Posted by Miki Odawa on October 11, 2016
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Yes, this year SAGA is fielding a team of racers in El Tour de Tucson, the 106-mile road race that overtakes Tucson every fall.  On Saturday, November 26th, Team SAGA, led by the intrepid Ana Catarina List and backed up by Claire Swinford and Erin Russ, will take to the streets in an attempt to win — or at least finish — the full course.

unknownYou can be part of Team SAGA by donating to the cause.  Part of your donation will help us raise funds for Easter Seals, the overall race charity, and part will go to SAGA.  To contribute to Team SAGA, click here

SAGA Has Moved!

Posted by Miki Odawa on October 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

SAGA at 2016 Pride

Posted by Miki Odawa on September 8, 2016
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Nearly 150 SAGA members and their allies marched through downtown 4th Avenue on Friday September 30th, in the 2016 Pride Parade.

SAGA vice-president Abby Jensen was one of the parade’s Grand Marshalls, while Erin Russ and Edie Campbell served on the veterans’ color guard.



The next day SAGA shared a booth at Pride in the Park with Equality Arizona.

SAGA Protests Court Ruling

Posted by Miki Odawa on August 23, 2016
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The Southern AZ Gender Alliance (SAGA) strongly condemns the injunction issued today by U.S. District court Judge Reed O’Connor, blocking implementation of the US Dept. of Education’s directive protecting Transgender children from bathroom bullies.

Judge O’Connor’s injunction contradicts decisions in five different appellate courts; it provides no discernable benefits to the school environment; and it will put transgender children at risk of harassment and violence.

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SAGA’s Big 4th of July Party

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 27, 2016
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On a balmy day SAGA held its annual 4th of July family picnic in Reid Park.  Despite temperatures well into the 90’s, over 150 members and friends showed up for a gala event organized by the wonderfully talented Claire Swinford. Despite a dearth of deviled eggs, people had a great time seeing everybody and schmoozing.

Free SAGA Public Speaking Seminar

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 27, 2016
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