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Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA)

Visit our web site at www.sagatucson.org

For More Information about SAGA, call 520-624-1779 ext 120

or email

info@sagatucson.org or rstrozzo@wingspan.org  or rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

Mission:

The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) is  southern Arizona’s community for trans identities in the gender galaxy: Transsexual, Transgender, Gender Queer, Masculine of Center, Feminine of Center, Two Spirit, Butch, Femme, Gender Fluid, Intersex, and ALL of us who are Gender Fabulous! SAGA envisions a society where gender creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. SAGA provides support groups,  advocacy,  and organizes educational, social, and advocacy programs for gender-diverse people and their significant others, friends, families, and allies.  Saga also provides community education and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.

 

Transgender Awareness Week 2013 is coming Nov 20-26. Please head over to our website and check out all of our exciting events:  www.tucsontransawarenessweek.org

 

Community Support, Resources, and Advocacy

Kevin Maxey's Thanksgiving

Kevin Maxey’s Thanksgiving

SAGA offers support, social, and discussion groups that reflect the various aspects of gender in our community.  Groups provide members with support, opportunities to ask questions, and the chance to share their experiences of navigating the gender galaxy. SAGA provides both in person and online groups. Community members are also encouraged to reach out to the SAGA programs coordinator if they need help finding resources and support.

Online support: 

We host a variety of Yahoo groups to help people stay connected. For a complete listing of our groups and to subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saga-az or go to our Online Communities page of the SAGA website: http://sagatucson.org/wp/?page_id=30

See our Facebook page for upcoming events. Members go to SAGA on Facebook. To join SAGA on Facebook, send an email to SAGAgroup@groups.facebook.com  

 

Support Groups:

Unless otherwise noted, all meeting are held at Wingspan
430 East 7th Steet
Tucson, AZ  85705
Phone 520-624-1779 for directions

Be yourself and dress however you like — there’s no pressure. You don’t need to be trans-identified to attend a meeting or get involved. We welcome allies of all kinds!

SAGA General Meeting

Monthly support and social meeting, events and news announcements,  and general check-in. This meeting is open to all – no matter how you identify in the gender spectrum.  Allies, friends, and family members are welcome. The SAGA monthly meeting is a great starting place for first-timers and visitors!

First Mondays (including holidays)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Questions? Contact Rae at  rstrozzo@wingspan.org or rstrozzo@sagatucson.org or call 520-624-1779 ext 120

logo trans yes buttonDezert Girlz

Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned male gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Membership includes all people on the Male-to-Female (MTF) continuum AND their significant others, friends, family, and allies. You do not have to identify as transsexual or be in the transition process. We are open to anyone who is interested in the concept of gender and who is supportive of the purpose of the group.

Second Mondays
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Questions? Contact Rae at rstrozzo@wingspan.org or rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

Social Activities

Members of Desert Girlz have organized monthly social events for members and friends, including a coffee night. If you are interested in suggesting or organizing a social night, please contact Rae at  rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

Dezert Boyz

Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned female gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Membership includes all people on the Female-to-Male (FTM) continuum AND their significant others, friends, family, and allies. You do not have to identify as transsexual or be in the transition process. We are open to anyone who is interested in the concept of gender and who is supportive of the purpose of the group.

Third Tuesdays
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Questions? Contact David@sagatucson.org

Social Activities

Members of Desert Boyz have organized monthly social events for members and friends, including Guys Night Out and football games. If you are interested in suggesting or organizing a social night, please contact Rae at  rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

Dezert Partnerz

Dezert Partnerz was formed to help gain a better understanding of the ways gender diversity can impact relationships. Cis gendered (non-trans identified) partners of trans identified people have their own unique experience. This group is for cis gendered partners to share their experiences. You do not need to be currently partnered with someone to attend this group.  Meetings are confidential.

Fourth Thursdays
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Note: If you are trans identified and would like to see a partners group for trans folks partnered with trans folks, please be in touch with Rae so we can get that started!
Questions? Contact rstrozzo@wingspan.org or 624-1779 ext. 120

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Helping SAGA grow

SAGA Advisory Council

Help guide the future of SAGA and our programs and services. Find a volunteer role within SAGA that excites you! Individual volunteers and project leaders are encouraged to participate.

Quarterly meetings

Please see the SAGA website calendar for dates
Questions? Contact rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

 

 

Supporting and Creating Allies

We also provide speakers, educational forums, and trainings for businesses, service providers, and the public to learn more about the issues facing transgender people and how our allies can be supportive and inclusive.

 Amanda Simpson and Erin Russ at Transgender Day of Remembrance

Amanda Simpson and Erin Russ at Transgender Day of Remembrance

 

 

 

Trans Advocacy & Education

Another important role for SAGA is working  for equal treatment and equal opportunity for all transgender people through educating the community at large. SAGA is the primary resource on transgender issues in Tucson, southern Arizona, and the greater Southwest region.

SAGA Speakers Bureau

The SAGA Speakers Bureau provides speakers and panelists for your class, event, business, or training. We can provide general education or discuss specific topics. This is a free service; donations are always welcome.

To schedule a speaker or training, please call the program coordinator at 520-624-1779 ext 120 or email rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org with your event details.

Arizona Transgender Workplace (ATWORK) Project

The ATWORK Project creates and fosters open, inclusive and safe working environments for transgender applicants and employees by promoting an understanding of gender expression and gender identity among managers and other supervisory-level personnel. The ATWORK Project brings together representatives from companies all over Arizona for an enlightening, informative presentation on transgender issues and how they impact the workplace.

For more information or to schedule a workplace training or consultation, contact the SAGA Program Coordinator at 520-624-1779 ext 120 or email rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org

TRANSforming Community Workshops

The TRANSforming Community workshops are aimed at  meeting a critical need to educate public- and private-sector decision makers, students and educators, attorneys and judges, religious leaders, business owners, and legislators. Our work towards this goal includes conferences, workshops, in-service trainings, luncheons, and other forums.

For more information about the TRANSforming Community Workshops, contact the SAGA Program Coordinator, Rae Strozzo, at 520-624-1779 ext 120 or email rstrozzo@wingspan.org

SAGA welcomes everyone!

To request program materials in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodations please contact: Rae (520)624-1779 x120  or rstrozzo@wingspan.org or atrstrozzo@sagatucson.org

Special Events

Jennifer Hoefle and Alison Davison, Coordinators - Trans Awareness Week

Jennifer Hoefle and Alison Davison, Coordinators – Trans Awareness Week 2010

Saga also coordinates community activities and events that focus on trans issues. The big event of the year is Transgender Awareness week.  If you would like to get involved with planning or volunteering for this week of events, please contact Rae at rstrozzo@wingspan.org or at rstrozzo@sagatucson.org
We are also always looking for interested volunteers to help create and plan events for the community. If you are interested, please contact Rae.