Em Lane - President
Em Lane is a public librarian, gardener and dog dad. They hold a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and have called Tucson home for many years. Em has been working with trans and gender non-conforming youth for the last several years as a volunteer for Camp Born This Way. They have also been a librarian for over a decade and manage a local library. Em has a passion for social equity and justice and puts that energy into their role on the SAGA Board.
Lanay Lindsey - Vice President
Lanay is a proud Tucsonian whose love for their community drives their work as an advocate, community organizer, and intersectional activist. Continuously working through the lense of intersectionality, Lanay focuses their work on deconstructing social constructs and systematic oppression through policy and systems change. They are currently a Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) committee member and Youth Violence Prevention Coalition Ambassador.
Judee Squeer - Treasurer
Judee, born and raised in Tucson, her roots are deeply imbedded in the local Queer Community. She started her career, as a Community Organizer, using tools she gained from local queer focused programming like harm reduction, advocacy, and trauma informed care.
Andés is an aspiring digital organizer who has worked on various social media campaigns centered around trans youth and voting access. When he is not working, he likes to spend time with their Fraternity Brothers from Delta Lambda Phi. Andrés hopes to create more leadership opportunities for trans young people, and be a role model for the community.
Facilitator of SAGA’s TGNC BIPOC support group, Yann is an emergent scholar, amateur musician, and former union representative. A second generation Chinese American, Yann came to Tucson to complete a PhD in Transcultural German Studies at the University of Arizona. After joining SAGA for support in their own transition, Yann volunteered as the first facilitator for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color support group. Yann’s service with SAGA’s BIPOC Support Group is informed by a deep commitment to combating white supremacy and providing a space/time for BIPOC resistance in all aspects of their life. Outside of SAGA, Yann also delivers for Tucson Food Share and sings with Desert Voices.
I was born and raised in Mexico City but have considered Tucson my home for the last 16 years. I have been fortunate to be involved in community organizing efforts both in Mexico and here in Arizona and strongly believe in advocacy and grassroots work from the perspective of human rights. I also believe in the power of connection and of having a supportive community. As a parent I’m committed to helping open up more spaces of support for families of queer/trans youth of color, especially immigrant families. I am the proud mother of two wonderful children. In my day job I work at the UA as part of a research and evaluation unit. I am also a doctoral student in public health.
Grayce is a photographer and digital manipulator that enjoys making and experiencing many forms of art. Over the last few years she has been focused on empowering and showing the beauty of people from the local LGBTQIA+ community. Grayce's first experience with SAGA was through its website, finding resources to begin transition. She then found the support groups and used them to strengthen her resolve to transition and also learn more about the local trans community. In the process she found friends and chosen family amongst the people in these groups, gaining a sense of belonging. Grayce endeavors to pay forward what SAGA has done for her by facilitating the Desert Sisters and Gender Outlawz support groups. She tries to make these groups a warm inviting place for people to be their true selves and find acceptance.
Lizette is a Tucson small business owner and community advocate for transgender youth and families. She spends much of her time volunteering for the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, where she and her spouse facilitate a local support group for families of transgender, gender creative/non-conforming youth. Her local efforts have brought her national attention and she now serves as a member of the Human Rights Campaign Parent Trans Equality Council. Lizette is a proud mother to a 14 year old trans child, and enjoys being a mother above all else. Lizette has learned so much through her child’s experience, and is committed to creating awareness and change around trans youth and their needs.
AJ Tiedeman - Program Manager
AJ has been part of the SAGA fam since January 2020. They are a genderqueer, trans masc Chinese American, who grew up in so-called NYC - Munsee Lenape and Wappinger land - and raised by their adoptive white parents. They received their BA in Gender and Sexuality studies from Earlham College (EC). Through EC they participated in a Border Studies Program in so-called Tucson, AZ - Tohono O’odham and Yaqui land - where they have continued to make a home since August 2018. AJ has experience organizing around TQ liberation and migrant justice and strives to center Land Back and reparations for Black folks. AJ is a core member of the Trans Asylum Support and Seeker Network’s Tucson Chapter, a board member of Mariposas Sin Fronteras, and a co-founder of Thompson House, which is an up and coming host home program for TGNC BIPOC 18-24 years old. When they aren’t organizing with community, they’re chillin in the beautiful desert, going for a bike ride, crafting, cooking, or watching hella Netflix.
Tyrell Blacquemoss - Sustainability Manager and Healing Artist in Residence
He is a fruition birthworker, serial entrepreneur and artist growing financial roots, blossoming dreams, and healing ancestral debts. With a 10+ years thread and an ongoing commitment to land-based Afro-Indigenizing practices, Tyrell supports peacekeepers and leaders through strategic planning to see and step into their inheritance. Together, Tyrell and their clients work to bridge borders of race, class, ability, gender, age, and sexuality. Tyrell has birthed 5 startups since 2016 and is a recipient of The Gibian Rosewater Travel Award, 2018 Artist in Community Award, Cornell Tradition Fellowship, and Pink Door Fellowship. Tyrell resonates with SAGA’s vision for equity for all TGNC folks and centering BiPOC TGNC folks. Tyrell has been in Tucson for 1 year, and desires to grow SAGA’s financial ability to provide direct support to Tucson TGNC folks and build out a Trans Healing Artist-in-Residence mentorship program.
Emmett - Office Administrator
Emmett has been part of the SAGA fam since September 2019. He is an activist, art educator, illustrator, and artist of many mediums. Born and raised in Tucson, Emmett cherishes his close ties to the local Jewish community and is devoted to education, advocacy, and activism in Arizona. He is strongly inspired by the Jewish value of tikkun olam: the imperative to heal the world through social justice. Since joining the SAGA team, his art has been featured in our care packages, presentations, merchandise, and social media posts. His work centers trans folks as magical and ethereal, often using portraiture to celebrate trans beauty and gender euphoria. He has experience as an art educator for people of all ages, specializing with senior community members in assisted living. Emmett is currently an undergraduate at the University of Arizona; he is double majoring in Judaic Studies and Studio Art.