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.
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)
245 Congress Street
Posted by Miki Odawa on March 24, 2016
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What a busy time this has been! In the short time since SAGA reorganized we’ve been working hard to reinvigorate our alliance. Today we want to let you know what we’ve been up to, and to thank you for your support — without which we would never have been able to grow.
On February 7th, SAG
will join with Southern Arizona Senior Pride and other groups to present an afternoon-long forum focusing on issues confronting LGBT seniors. There will be a film, a talk, and a presentation of the challenges and barriers confronting us all as we age.
Every year SAGA stages a pot-luck TransGiving feast, a chance for us all to get together on a holiday for celebration, fellowship and sharing. SAGA members, former members, future members and friends are all urged to attend. This year our party will be held in the Cornerstone Fellowship Hall the same place as last year, on Thanksgiving, November 26th.
What: SAGA’s TransGiving 2015When: Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26, 2:00 – 5:00pmWhere: Cornerstone Fellowship Hall
There have been a lot of changes for SAGA in recent months, so it was time to update the infamous SAGA general brochure. Feel free to download or pass the link on to someone who might want to know about our organization.
Includes up-to-date calendar of monthly meetings!
Actress Laverne Cox appeared at the University of Arizona on May 4, 2015 courtesy the Wildcat Events Board and many sponsoring organizations. Her remarks, entitled, “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the crowd.
The actress, who plays the character Sophia Burset in the Emmy-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black, spoke passionately about the intersections of race, gender, poverty in the trans community, sharing parts of her own story growing up as a transgender child.
After her speech and Q&A, SAGA took to the stage to present Ms. Cox with the inaugural Alexander John Goodrum Catalyst of Change Award. Ian Ellesante and Michael Woodward made the presentation of the award, named after the Tucson activist who died in 2002.
Read more about the event and the award as covered by the Tucson Weekly!
Ian Ellisante and Michael Woodward presented the recognition on behalf of SAGA.
Trans Lifeline, the first U.S. suicide hotline dedicated to transgender people, began taking calls this month. Created by a San Francisco group led by trans software developer Greta Martela, Trans Lifeline is entirely staffed by trans-identified volunteers. Its founders hope that the “by trans people, for trans people” approach will help trans people receive the help they need.
Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.