Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

Advocacy Groups and Organizations

Trans Advocacy Network (TAN)
http://transadvocacynetwork.org/
The Trans Advocacy Network (TAN) is an alliance of transgender organizations that work at the state and local level, coming together to build a stronger trans movement by facilitating the sharing of resources, best practices, and organizing strategies. The ultimate goal is to build a strong, self-sufficient, efficient, effective, and sustainable trans movement that works for social, economic, and racial justice through leadership development, coalition building, and sharing of resources and information. We define trans to include anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is different than the stereotypes associated with their sex at birth. We recognize that trans people come from various backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We recognize our core values as inclusion, accessibility, accountability, and parallel organizing.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
http://srlp.org/about/srlp-history/
SRLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run collectively by and for low income trans communities and trans communities of color, which provides legal services, public education, and works towards policy change through community organizing. Today the SRLP core collective, composed of staff and board, is always more than 50% people of color and more than 50% transgender.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
http://www.transgenderlaw.org/
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
http://www.transgenderlegal.org/
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

TLDEF Work:
http://www.transgenderlegal.org/work_index.php

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Main: http://www.lambdalegal.org/
Transgender Rights: http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/transgender-rights
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

ACLU
http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights
The LGBT Project works for an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means an America where LGBT people can live openly, where our identities, relationships and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs.

The TransAdvocate
http://www.transadvocate.com/
The TransAdvocate exists to give a voice for transgender advocates in the ever growing blogosphere. Cristan Williams is the TransAdvocate’s managing editor.

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
http://outandequal.org/
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone. Our work – including the world renowned Workplace SummitExecutive ForumLGBT training and educationTown Call seriesRegional Affiliate Program and LGBTCareerLink.com – builds successful organizations by helping them value all employees, customers and communities.

The Jim Collins Foundation
http://jimcollinsfoundation.org/
The mission of the Jim Collins Foundation is to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries. The Jim Collins Foundation recognizes that not every transgender person needs or wants surgery to achieve a healthy transition. But for those who do, gender-confirming surgeries are an important step in their transition to being their true selves. However, access to gender-confirming surgery is impossible for most. Discrimination against transgender people is so prevalent that many transgender people struggle to survive, never mind save for surgery costs. Even for those who have health insurance, coverage is systematically denied. Many insurance policies contain a “Transsexual Exclusion Clause” which excludes all medical procedures related to a person’s transgender status. The Jim Collins Foundation raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for those transgender people who need surgery to live a healthy life, but have no ability to pay for it themselves. We recognize that for those people who require surgery for a healthy gender transition, lack of access to surgery may result in hopelessness, depression, and sometimes, suicide. The Jim Collins Foundation is a community-based initiative promoting the self-determination and empowerment of all transgender people.