Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

SAGA Picnic April 1st

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 20, 2017
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Social Meeting March 26

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 16, 2017
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(Desert Girlz Social Group has had a name change)

Make-up tips and makeovers


The group has not had a gender change though, so all trans identifying folks please come on out for some social time away from the support group setting.

This month we’ll be at Kristyn’s house out on the west side off Speedway for a gathering near the foothills of the Tucson Mts.  The theme is makeup tips and help.  Agreeably maybe not high on many trans folks list of help topics, but we won’t all be in front of mirrors!

Kristyn is lining up a friend and makeup artist to come help us with our ‘presentation’.  She will do make-overs on as many as want to that she can get done.  The makeup artist suggests those interested in make-overs come with a magazine photo or other picture of the look they’re going for; and come to the meeting either without makeup on, or with a good picture of themselves without makeup on.

The rest of us can share tips and ideas between us or just engage in getting to know each other better.  There’s little time after the support groups so here’s the chance to get to know your other trans members in SAGA in a casual less hurried setting.

The address and phone of Kristyn’s house will be sent out via email if you have left your email with SAGA at a Desert Girlz meeting in the last 3 gatherings.  If not and you want the address, send an email to: and ask to be added to the emailing.

As an extra opportunity, if interested, some may put together a group to leave from Kristyn’s and grab a bite to eat after the meeting on the way home.  There are lots of good eating places to pick from nearby.

HIV Testing at SAAF April 18th

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 15, 2017
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Employment Expo April 25th

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 14, 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:

Dezert Girls Social February 10th

Posted by Miki Odawa on January 26, 2017
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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