Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

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

Ice Cream Social for SAGA General meeting

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 24, 2016
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ANCHOR-SAGA Ice Cream Social 2016The ANCHOR Project invites Tucson’s trans community—ALL of us who are gender fabulous and our ALLIES—to join us for meeting, greeting, & ice cream treating as we host the April 2016 SAGA General Meeting!

That’s April 4th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at ANCHOR, 2801 E. Broadway, Tucson.

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Help SAGA Grow!

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 12, 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.
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SAGA to Co-Sponsor Senior Forum

Posted by Miki Odawa on December 1, 2015
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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.

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Come to TransGiving 2015

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 21, 2015
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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.

This year we have volunteers to bring the turkeys, so all you’ll need to do is bring yourself, any friends you want to bring along, and some food to share.  An appetizer, a side dish, some dessert, or whatever you’d like to share.
Mark your calendars, and think of something fun to share.
What: SAGA’s TransGiving 2015
When: Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Cornerstone Fellowship Hall

442 E. Laguna St., Tucson, AZ 85705

Updated SAGA brochure!

Posted by Michael Woodward on May 18, 2015
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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!

Click here to download a copy of the SAGA general info brochure in PDF format

Laverne Cox Receives Award from SAGA

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 5, 2015
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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!

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Ian Ellisante and Michael Woodward presented the recognition on behalf of SAGA.

Catalyst of Change Award

New Suicide Hotline Dedicated to Trans People Now Open for Calls

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 5, 2015
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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.

Don’t Miss the Trans 100

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 25, 2015
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The NEXT Trans 100!

This Sunday, March 29, from 5-7 p.m. Arizona (and Pacific) time, the next Trans 100 list of transgender activists and artists will be announced in a live event you can watch via livestream.  The event will be hosted by Precious Davis, 2014 Trans 100 honoree, and Myles Brady, with keynote addresses by Tiq Milan, Senior Media Strategist for GLAAD and also a 2014 Trans 100 honoree, and Lana Wachowski, who with her brother co-directed some of the best films of our era, including The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. (Ms. Wachowski was also a 2014 Trans 100 honoree.)

There will also be live music by Laura Jane Grace, trans woman and lead singer of Against Me!, and others.   In fact, the Trans 100 live event is entirely produced and presented by trans people, demonstrating the amazing diversity and talent of the U.S. trans community.

You can find out more about this event here:; and you can watch it live here:, gather your friends, pop some popcorn and see if you recognize any of this year’s Trans 100 honorees!

Transgender Awareness Week

Posted by Miki Odawa on November 16, 2014
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November 13-23, 2014 will mark Tucson’s 9th Annual Transgender Awareness Week. The week is a celebration of trans identities and an acknowledgement of the infinite number of genders that exist in our world. It is an effort to bring together people who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, two-spirit, agender, butch, femme, gender fluid, and all gender fabulous people with our allies. It is an opportunity for people in the community who want to know more! This event is held in conjunction with the Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a vigil and candlelight procession on Thursday Nov. 20th to honor those lost to anti-transgender hate crimes.

The week will feature a variety of events around the city as well as on the University of Arizona campus. All events are open to the public—to individuals having questions about gender diversity, and those who wish to be more enlightened about the lives and issues of people all across the gender spectrum. Highlights include a multitude of trainings and workshops, a resource fair with educational displays, and screenings of relevant films. The project is a collaboration between the University of Arizona’s LBGTQ Affairs Office, Pride Alliance, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), Fluxx Productions, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church and others.

Follow the Read more link below to see the detailed event calendar, which includes additional events not shown above, or visit the UA’s LGBTQ Affairs Website.  A graphical version of the calendar can be found here on SAGA’s website.

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