Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998


Posted by Miki Odawa on October 23, 2012
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We’re glad you found the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance!

SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, non-binary, two-spirit, butch, femme, gender fluid, intersex, and ALL of us who are gender fabulous!

SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. We provide support groups, advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.


Coffee at Ombre Coffee

Posted by Emma on August 13, 2018
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SAGA Social

(For ALL trans folk, not just Girlz!)

Coffee at Ombre Coffee

(inside Bisbee Breakfast Club)

2936 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, just west of Country Club

a weekend event downtown

Saturday August 18, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Come join us THIS SATURDAY for a coffee and social time this Saturday.  Bisbee Breakfast Club has come toTucson over the last few years with several locations in town beyond the iconic Bisbee location.  They have their own coffee shop inside and with it easy access to their menu for a meal or snack if desired.  It’s a friendly place with a good cup of ‘Joe’.

The monthly support groups are great, but there’s never enough time to chat and spend time getting to know each other.  This is a SAGA social gathering and is open to all trans folk and allies who want to come.  It’s informal and open and we will be among the usual weekend customers there.  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 upon arriving).

So climb out of bed and greet the day with SAGA over a cup of coffee at Ombre!

Team SAGA in El Tour De Tucson

Posted by Emma on July 27, 2018
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Online Form Coming Soon Link to Crowdrise Donation page.
If you would like more information about the ride.

BBQ Time~!

Posted by Emma on July 13, 2018
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For the Boyz, the Girlz, and all our Tranz friends and allies!

Saturday July 21, 2018 from 3-8 pm

This month our Social brings us a simple bbq meal together as a gathering and treat for the group. Once again Kristyn is opening her house and patio to the SAGA Social group. Come join us as we gather around the grill for warm food and heart-warming conversation with friends!

SAGA is providing a meal of burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salad, chips and water. (There are some vegie burgers)

This is not a potluck, it’s a freebie! Just come on by when you can and show up hungry! Again, this is not a potluck!

Kristyn’s shaded patio has lots of seating, (and some new furniture)! It has plenty of spots that still get the sun for you that like that. If you prefer, head inside her house while you enjoy your meal with friends.


Come celebrate community!

Kristyn’s address:
Available by emailing

SAGA at Bisbee Pride

Posted by Emma on July 8, 2018
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Team SAGA in the Bisbee Pride Parade this year.

New Support Group in Sierra Vista

Posted by Emma on May 17, 2018
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JOURNEYS – Explorations Of Gender
Journeys is a support and social group in Sierra Vista that is open to any gender creative person, whether they seek a binary gender identity (female to male, male to female) or prefer a gender fluid/non-binary gender identity.We discuss topics covering all concerns of trans* individuals, provide support for those facing the challenges of understanding gender identity, and provide opportunities to socialize after our meetings and on other occasions.

Our goal is to be an extended family of choice for trans* identified and questioning persons in the Sierra Vista area. We offer support and encouragement for anyone making the journey to accepting themselves as the wonderfully unique individuals that they are.
We meet the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at:

Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church
4533 A North Commerce Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

For questions or more information, please contact 520-333- 5125
Or email us as
We also have a Facebook Page at Journeys: Explorations of Gender

JOURNEYS is a member of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Protect Your Identity

Posted by Emma on February 20, 2018
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WHO will
make health care or final decisions for me if I am unable to express my wishes?

ensure I will be treated as myself if I am hospitalized and unable to communicate?

HOW do I
keep my family from erasing me if something happens to me?

These are variations on questions every one of us will ask as we get older.


And the answers have immense impact on us as trans people and upon our closest friends

We have received several inquiries over the past few months about how to make sure our parents, siblings or children respect our identities and wishes and don’t try to erase who we are in the event we can not make decisions for ourselves, after we pass away or in any situation where we can no longer speak for ourselves.

We have all heard the stories of trans people who transitioned young and lived authentically only to die in a car crash or from a disease in their 20’s and 30’s and have family members bury them in their birth gender with their dead name and leave their trans friends out of the loop. Or the trans person who is incapacitated and left to live in a nursing facility with their family enforcing their inauthentic identity and dead name on them.

When we are incapacitated, our legal system will place us at the mercy of our nearest surviving relatives, even if they are not supportive–unless we take specific measures to prevent this from happening. When something happens, whether we are 95 or 19, it is too late for us or our friends to intervene to protect our legacy.

On March 5th, attorneys Ron Zack and Shanelle Schmitz will be at the SAGA General meeting to speak about measures we can take to ensure our interests, our legacy, and our gender identity and expression are respected and protected when we are no longer able to fight for ourselves.

If you have specific topics or questions you would like to have Ron and Shanelle address, please forward them to me as a response to this email.


Southern Arizona Senior Pride Outreach

Posted by Emma on November 4, 2017
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Outreach to Tucson’s LGBTQI Elder Community

Are you LGBTQI, 55 or older, homebound or living in a Care Community (independent or assisted living, nursing home, boarding home)?


Are you a person with a disability (of any age)?


Are you isolated from your LGBTQI Community? Lonely?


Southern Arizona Senior Pride COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAM-TUCSON would like to offer you


****Friendly Visits and/or PhoneCalls****

with trained volunteers who have had a background check. There is no charge to participate in this program. Please contact Program Coordinator: 520-351-2724 or for an application and home visit.



SAGA at Bisbee Pride

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 19, 2017
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SAGA at OutBrunch

Posted by Miki Odawa on June 15, 2017
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SAGA members and friends turned out in force to support Tucson’s LGBT inaugural summer OutBrunch on June 10th.  The community-wide celebration, organized by SAAF’s capable Adam Ragan, honored LGBT activists Dea Brasiagella, Laura Alexander, and SAGA’s own Miki Odawa who was given the prestigious Godat Award, named for longtime LGBT activist Ken Godat.



Brandon and Erin at the OutBrunch

Regan in attendance

Miki Odawa receiving the Godat Award