SAGA is a non profit organization that provides support, education, resources, and advocacy for Southern Arizona’s diverse community of trans and gender nonconforming individuals. We envision a world in which all people who are gender fabulous are guaranteed basic rights and personal liberation; where we can all be open, honest, and safe wherever we go. We welcome allies, we train businesses, we build community. Be bold and be brave—join us! 

 

Southern Arizona
Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy  since 1998

SAGA is a non profit organization that provides support, education, resources, and advocacy for Southern Arizona’s diverse community of trans and gender nonconforming individuals. We envision a world in which all people who are gender fabulous are guaranteed basic rights and personal liberation; where we can all be open, honest, and safe wherever we go. We welcome allies, we train businesses, we build community. Be bold and be brave—join us! 

Southern Arizona
Gender Alliance

Transgender Community Support & Advocacy  since 1998

SAGA is a non profit organization that provides support, education, resources, and advocacy for Southern Arizona’s diverse community of trans and gender nonconforming individuals. We envision a world in which all people who are gender fabulous are guaranteed basic rights and personal liberation; where we can all be open, honest, and safe wherever we go. We welcome allies, we train businesses, we build community. Be bold and be brave—join us! 

A letter to the community from the SAGA Board of Directors
(Click here to view letter in Spanish)

 

Dear members of our beloved community,
We, as the Board Members of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), would like to take a moment to acknowledge the biased history of our organization that has historically prioritized white trans community members over community members of color. We sincerely apologize to every transgender and gender non-conforming person of color who our organization has failed, and continues to fail, by not offering the proper resources and support needed.
Recently, several of our community members of color were made uncomfortable by the biased history of the organization that has allowed racially loaded covert comments made by other community members be dismissed. For many years we have been silent, and ineffective at holding space for the people of color in our organization and community, but we will not remain silent anymore. We will be accountable to all members of our community–not just some. We want to make it perfectly clear that we do not support racist and xenophobic behavior on any level, and aknowledge the way SAGA has previously perpetuated this logic and enabled discriminatory comments to pass. We want to take the time to acknowledge how trans people of color in this community are not just trans, but hold other marginalized identities that deserve to be recognized, centered, loved, and not erased. We want to commit to the life-long journey of racial justice, as there is no liberation for trans folks if trans folks of color are not included in that conversation. Racial and gender justice go hand-in-hand in achieving a liberated future. We value our trans community members of
color, and it is time we hold ourselves accountable. We heard the concerns of the community members of color, and have created a plan to move forward toward a more equitable future that keeps intersectionality in mind and centers the voices of the most marginalized folks.

List of Promises

1.) We are committing to a racial justice platform, to create space for trans folks of color and their family members. We are openly acknowledging our racist and bias history of serving the needs of primarily white community members. We failed community members of color. We have perpetuated a culture of white supremacy by dismissing the needs of trans people of color, and prioritizing white fragilityover comments that continue to oppress folks of color. We apologize to all trans folks of color in Tucson, and promise to work hard to earn your forgiveness.
2.) We will actively prioritize recruiting transgender and gender non-conforming people of color on the Board, and in leadership positions.
3.) We are committing to have a minimum of two racial justice trainings a year for our board members and leadership. As well as at least two trainings held at general meetings and open to the public.
4.) We are committing to the creation of a Transgender and gender non-conforming people of color (TPOC) closed-group and committee where transgender people of color in Tucson can attend to disucss their needs and concerns, as well as have services directed toward the needs of this specific population.
5.) We will commit to the creation of a spanish-speaking (Hispanic/Latinx) or Bilingual support group for transgender community members and their families who have language barriers.
6.) We will commit to offering spanish-speaking acceptance material and literature during tabelling events, and when possible or applicable have a Bilingual community member during tabelling events.
7.) The White SAGA board members commit to stepping up when they see people of color being discriminated against, regardless of the intent, and support folks of color in the capacity they request from us.

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