Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

WELCOME!

Posted by miki on October 23, 2012
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We are glad you found the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance!

SAGA is program of  Wingspan and is southern Arizona’s  community for trans identities in the gender galaxy: Transsexual, Transgender, Gender Queer, Masculine of Center, Feminine of Center, Two Spirit, Butch, Femme, Gender Fluid, Intersexed, and ALL of us who are Gender Fabulous! SAGA envisions a society where 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,  and community education and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.

Coding for Transition-Related Services

Posted by miki on August 5, 2014
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In spite of the advocacy of many professional organizations, transgender patients are routinely denied treatment for the diagnosis of GID by both public and private insurance.

While insurance carriers often deny claims based on GID, they may approve requests for related treatment.  This document, which you can download by clicking here,  illustrates guidelines for obtaining medically necessary services for related issues.

SAGA Returns to its Roots

Posted by miki on July 18, 2014
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TUCSON—The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) announced today that it will separate from Wingspan and return to its original status as an independent grassroots organization. Effective July 31, 2014, SAGA is ending its long-standing formal partnership with Wingspan, Tucson’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.   Read more…

SAGA IS MOVING!

Posted by miki on July 15, 2014
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Due to the impending closure of Wingspan,

As of August 4, 2014

SAGA Support and Social Meetings will be held at

FLUXX Studios 414 E. 9th Street

Two Blocks South of Wingspan
Same time, same schedule
Just a different location

SAGA General          1st Mondays      7:00 – 9:00pm
Dezert Girlz             2nd Mondays     7:00 – 9:00pm
Dezert Boyz             3rd Tuesdays     7:00 – 9:00pm
Dezert Partnerz       4th Thursdays   7:00 – 9:00pm

Two of our groups will continue to meet at their regular locations:

Tranz Parentz: contact transparents [at] sagatucson.org.
Dezert Counselorz: 3rd Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 am at 2230 E Speedway, Suite 140 (Tucson Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy).

See you there!

A Message to the SAGA Community and Friends

Posted by miki on July 3, 2014
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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 board@sagatucson.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