Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

Dezert Girlz Social Feb 24

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 19, 2017
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DESERT GIRLZ SOCIAL GROUP

GIRLZ NIGHT OUT!

6-8 p.m. Friday Feb. 24 at the Monterey Court
TGIF!

We wanted our second event to be more available to those working and add some spice as well! With that in mind we’ve reserved a table for 12+ people at the Monterey Court, in their bar, in an alcove off of the main bar area that will give us a bit of privacy. The restrooms are right next to our table so they are easy to access as well. Keeping with our theme of inclusion, this event is open to all trans-identifying people, significant others, and allies.

Since it is a bar, adult beverages will be available, but there are many non alcoholic options for those of us who are not into that. Food is also available. The real treat for us is featured on the Courtyard Stage that night about 7pm, a concert featuring the John Coinman Band. (Coinman is the front man for Kevin Costner’s Modern West Band) We’re starting at 6 and going to 8, the concert is outside in the courtyard. Please note: There is NO COVER to be in the bar with us however if you wish to see the show, there is a $5.00 cover charge. We leave it up to individuals to decide where they wish to settle.

The Monterey Court is located just west of Oracle Rd. on the south side of Miracle Mile. They have very limited parking but have plenty of event parking (and likely an attendant directing people) located about 200 ft west of the Monterey in a lot beside the neighboring Riviera Motor Lodge. For your information, these are old properties in an old neighborhood. The concert is expected to draw around 200 people that night and there is plenty of room in the courtyard for them as well as parking.

Once again, we will be in a fairly private area. The entire bar is smallish and people will be outside for the concert and the bar should be relatively quiet…famous last words…but that’s what the owner assured me! (The Courtyard is serviced by it’s own bar)

Monterey Court
505 West Miracle Mile
Tucson, AZ
520-207-2429

Moneterrey Court’s webpage: http://www.montereycourtaz.com/index.php/courtyard-stage
Coinman’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/john.coinman

TPD Starts Safe Places Initiative

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 10, 2017
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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.

 

Special Showing of Film at SAGA General Meeting

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 3, 2017
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Join SAGA Monday, February 6th
for a special, FREE screening of Gender Revolution.


GENDER REVOLUTION explores the complexities of gender in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand this complex social and scientific issue, Katie Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. With conversations that range from the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal, Couric’s unflinching search for truth sheds light on countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.

Check out the trailer here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/videos/gender-revolution-sneak-peek/

Dezert Girls Social February 10th

Posted by Miki Odawa on January 26, 2017
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DESERT GIRLZ SOCIAL MEETING
our very own coffee clutch

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 10, Caffe Luce is opening their downtown loft to us for a social gathering.  It’s a time to come together and make friends and meet other trans-women in the area over a coffee.  This will not be a “support group” format, rather a casual encounter over coffee and snacks/lunch if you wish.  There might be a game or two going on and there will be lots of talking and sharing our common experiences in a social setting.  Caffe Luce has kindly offered us their loft area and also offered to “rope” it off for our exclusive use that morning.

The monthly support groups are great, but there’s never enough time to chat and spend awhile getting to know each other.  We hope to stagger this monthly event half way between the Desert Girlz meetings in the future and do a variety of other venues as the season goes on like picnics and maybe a pool party!

Since this is a social gathering it is open to any trans folk who want to come.  In an effort to remove barriers, a donor has provided some funds for those who can’t make coffee at a downtown shop fit in their budget (see Allison or Margie on arriving).

Caffe Luce offers some of the best coffee in town and a nice variety of treats and some sandwiches.  Come join us!

The address is their central downtown location:
(corner of Congress and 5th)
Caffe Luce
245 Congress Street
Tucson
520-623-4477
https://www.facebook.com/Caffe-Luce-Coffee-Roasting-Co-31224924561/

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.

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 10, 2016
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
OLD MAIN FOUNTAIN, THE MALL, U OF A

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.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  MONICA ROBERTS
Long time nationally known trans activist and blogger joining us from Houston, TX for this event!

MASTER OF CEREMONIES:  ABBY JENSEN
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.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q2KP3JV

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

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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