Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy since 1998

Treasures for TIHAN

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 22, 2017
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Desert Girls Social

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 9, 2017
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DESERT GIRLZ BBQ POTLUCK SOCIAL
Sat May 13, 3-6 pm

The day is almost upon us and the weather will be great for a cook out!  Kristy is opening her house to us for the potluck bbq meal.  She has a beautiful large covered patio with plenty of seating and room to mingle.

The event is a Desert Girls Social.  This means although it is open to all trans folk and allies, it is sponsored by the ‘Girlz’.  Because of dogs and preferences, there is an age minimum of 16.  Come alone or bring your ‘significant other’!

The plan is potluck and BYOB (non alcoholic please), Kristy is providing plenty of burgers, brats, buns, condiments, plates, plasticware, cups, paper napkins, and bottled water.  There will also be key lime pie for dessert.  As for the Potluck part of the meal, please help us with something along the following ideas:

  • green salad
  • pasta salad
  • fruit salad or tray
  • veggie tray
  • beans or casserole (this midwestern term may not be familiar to y’all down here, haha)  (well in the deep upper midwest it’s called “hot dish”, ha ha ha!)
  • snack items, chips, pretzels, salsa, etc
  • surprise us all!

If you have special dietary needs, i.e. veggie, gluten free, allergy, etc, please come prepared, we’re doing standard fare.

For Kristy’s address contact:   info@sagatucson.org

I hope many of you can join us in this great space.  I was there just yesterday, mid 90’s, the shaded patio was delightfully cool and breezy.

YUM!

Senior Pride Intergenerational Potluck

Posted by Miki Odawa on May 7, 2017
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Advocacy Group April 20th

Posted by Miki Odawa on April 17, 2017
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SAGA SOCIAL COFFEE April 21

Posted by Miki Odawa on April 15, 2017
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SAGA SOCIAL MEETING
our very own coffee clatch

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday April 21, Cafe Passe is the site of our social gathering this month.  It’s a time to come together and make friends and meet other trans-people 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.

The monthly support groups are great, but there’s never enough time to chat and spend time getting to know each other.  Although Desert Girls members organize the event, this is a SAGA social gathering and is open to any trans folk or ally 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).

Cafe Passe offers one of the best coffee shop patios in town and a nice variety of treats and some sandwiches.

Come join us!

The address is just north of central downtown:
10 a.m. -12 noon
Cafe Passe
415 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson
(520) 624-4411

Trans Day of Visibility Picnic

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 16, 2017
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You, your family, and children
are
CORDIALLY INVITED

TO ATTEND OUR
TRANS DAY OF VISIBILITY PICNIC

_______________________________________________

Saturday April 1st (no fooling!)
1 PM UNTIL 5 PM

_______________________________________________

FORT LOWELL PARK, RAMADA #6
(at the intersection of Glenn and Craycroft, just north of Grant)

It’s an annual event and always well attended.

SAGA will provide grilling items and beverages.
(Please no alcohol)

Pot luck for the side dishes and dessert.
Please bring a side dish or snack.

Also please bring you own chairs and don’t forget your games, musical instruments, etc!

SEE YOU THERE!

Social Meeting March 26

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 10, 2017
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SAGA SOCIAL MEETING!

(Desert Girlz Social Group has had a name change)

Make-up tips and makeovers

SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017 FROM 4-6 PM

The group has not had a gender change though, so all trans identifying folks please come on out for some social time away from the support group setting.

This month we’ll be at Kristyn’s house out on the west side off Speedway for a gathering near the foothills of the Tucson Mts.  The theme is makeup tips and help.  Agreeably maybe not high on many trans folks list of help topics, but we won’t all be in front of mirrors!

Kristyn is lining up a friend and makeup artist to come help us with our ‘presentation’.  She will do make-overs on as many as want to that she can get done.  The makeup artist suggests those interested in make-overs come with a magazine photo or other picture of the look they’re going for; and come to the meeting either without makeup on, or with a good picture of themselves without makeup on.

The rest of us can share tips and ideas between us or just engage in getting to know each other better.  There’s little time after the support groups so here’s the chance to get to know your other trans members in SAGA in a casual less hurried setting.

The address and phone of Kristyn’s house will be sent out via email if you have left your email with SAGA at a Desert Girlz meeting in the last 3 gatherings.  If not and you want the address, send an email to: info@sagatucson.org and ask to be added to the emailing.

As an extra opportunity, if interested, some may put together a group to leave from Kristyn’s and grab a bite to eat after the meeting on the way home.  There are lots of good eating places to pick from nearby.

Speaker Training March 11, 12

Posted by Miki Odawa on March 6, 2017
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TPD Starts Safe Places Initiative

Posted by Miki Odawa on February 19, 2017
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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.

 

Dezert Girls Social February 10th

Posted by Miki Odawa on January 26, 2017
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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)
Caffe Luce
245 Congress Street
Tucson
520-623-4477
https://www.facebook.com/Caffe-Luce-Coffee-Roasting-Co-31224924561/