Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

Employment Expo April 25th

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 14, 2017
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SAGA Picnic April 1st

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 11, 2017
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SAGA Joins Supreme Court Case

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 2, 2017
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Gavin Grimm

SAGA has joined with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund to become an amicus curia in the case of Glouster County School Board v. Gavin Grimm, which seeks to reaffirm trans students’ right to obtain the accommodations most relevant to their gender identity.  SAGA is one of 102 prominent trans individuals and groups who have petitioned the Court for relief.

You can read the amicus brief at


Name Change Clinic March 4

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 28, 2017
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SAGA, in conjunction with UA’s Pride Law, is proud to announce the second Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic for Southern Arizona transgender and gender nonconforming adults, youth and children!*  This clinic is designed to help individuals legally change their name and/or gender markers.  Law students, supervised by SAGA’s Vice President and general Counsel Abby Louise Jensen, will provide FREE information and assistance with the paperwork and process.

*Children and youth under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Read more

Special Presentation at SAGA General meeting Monday

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 28, 2017
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Dezert Girlz Social Feb 24

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 18, 2017
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6-8 p.m. Friday Feb. 24 at the Monterey Court

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

Moneterrey Court’s webpage:
Coinman’s FB page:

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:

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!