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Support Services

Below are community groups that can provide support to the youth that we work with and their families.

Meet Up Group-Pinwheels

Pinwheels is a network of families embracing their children's gender non-conformity in a kind and loving manner. Our support group focuses on providing a monthly meeting place for parents to connect with other families by sharing information and experiences. There are two groups' a parents' discussion group and a children's playgroup.

Broadway Youth Center: TYRA

HIV prevention program and safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth (ages 24 and under) at the Howard Brown Health Center

  • Where: Howard Brown Health Center-Lakeview 3837 N. Broadway (at Sheridan, above Starbucks)
  • When: Thursdays, 6-8 PM
  • Contact: Baylie Roth at 773-299-7604 or BaylieR@howardbrown.org

Youth Outlook-Transcend

Transcend runs similarly to our other drop-in centers but focuses more specifically on gender identity. Whether you identify as Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally or anything in between, we welcome you to join us (14-20 year olds).

Transcend 2  (Ages 18 to 25)

Similar to the program above, this program is geared towards 18 to 25 year-olds. Find more information on the website.

  • Where: In Naperville
  • When: Third Wednesdays
  • Contact: nancy.mullen@youth-outlook.org

PFLAG –Parents of Transgender Individuals Support Group

We are a spin-off Chapter of PFLAG. Our chapter was founded solely as a support for Parents & families of transgender sons and daughters.  Our group is very welcoming, so if you or anyone you know would benefit from a support group for parents, please pass on this info.

PFLAG METRO CHICAGO

PFLAG (Parents, families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. Visit their website for more support opportunities. 

Chicago-based Legal Resources

TransLife Center

Owen Daniel-McCarter, Esq
1925 N. Clybourn Ave, Suite 401 Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773.248.5200 Ext. 414
Cell: 312.692.9196 (call or text)
Fax: 773.248.5019
odaniel-mccarter@chicagohouse.org
www.chicagohouse.org

Center on Halsted

If you or someone you know is in need of legal consultation from an attorney with an understanding of legal issues in the lives of LGBTQ people, we can help. Though Center on Halsted does not have a licensed attorney on staff, we work with a group of volunteer attorneys to host regular clinics and provide referrals to area attorneys with experience in the LGBTQ community.

The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

We provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system. TJLP takes referrals from organizations or through word of mouth. If you would like more information about our legal services or how to contact our project attorney, please email us at info@tjlp.org.

  • Where: 4707 N. Broadway Suite 307 Chicago, IL 60640
  • Contact: 773.272.1822 or e-mail info@tjlp.org

Transformative Justice Law Project Name Change Mobilization

During the Name Change Mobilization attorneys and trained volunteers assist transgender and gender non-conforming folks file petitions to change their names legally at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago. Volunteers provide follow-up support services by accompanying folks to their court dates and helping them navigate the subsequent name change processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Office, Department of Vital Records, etc.

  • Where: 12th floor of the Daley Center Room 1202 50 W. Washington Chicago, IL
  • When:  Last Friday of every month 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Contact: namechange@tjlp.org

National Resources

In-Person Support Groups

Boston Support Group: The Center for Special Needs (CCSN) at TUFTS in Downtown Boston group contains parents of gender-non-conforming boys and girls. Click the link to email Dr. Ellen Perrin, the group’s coordinator.

DC Area Support Group: The CNMC group is co-facilitated by Edgardo Menvielle, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the CNMC, and Mrs. Catherine Tuerk, MA, RN, CS.

New York City Support Group: Stepping Stones Stepping Stones is a network of families embracing their children’s gender non-conformity in a kind and loving manner. Our support group focuses on providing a monthly meeting place for parents to connect with other families by sharing information and e

Oakland, CA Gender Spectrum Group: Gender Spectrum offers a monthly support and information group in Oakland, CA for parents of gender variant and transgender children. We meet regularly to discuss what gender variance means to our children and our families. 

Seattle Children's Support Group: Seattle Children’s Support Group Transgender & Gender Variant Support Group: the group meets monthly on the third Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information contact Aidan Key at 1-855-4 GENDER (1.855.443.6337)

St. Louis Transparent Support Group: Our purpose is to provide support, information and resources to help parents confidently navigate their gender independent child’s personal journey of self-discovery to authentic living. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (1 Children’s Place St. Louis, MO 63117) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room PL27.

Resources for Parents

Growing Up Trans Google Hangout

In the video below, Robert Garofalo, MD, joins experts and community members to discuss the FRONTLINE documentary Growing Up Trans. The film features Lurie Children's Gender and Sex Development Program patients and specialists. Dr. Garofalo is joined by Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor, FRONTLINE producers and the filmmakers behind Growing Up Trans; YouTuber Skylar Kergil; and Christy Hegarty, the mother of one of the children featured in the documentary.

Websites

Books For Parents

Books For Children

Additional Materials

If you are concerned about your child’s gender behaviors, try reading A Guide for Parents by Children’s National Medical Center (PDF brochure).

Download information regarding Puberty Blockers. 

We are also actively advocating for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in matters of public policy. View our policy statement.

​Become Part of Our Voice & Communication Group for Trans Youth & Young Adults

The "Be Heard for Who You Are" group helps trans people (up to age 24) find a comfortable voice and communication style that reflects their affirmed gender.

The start date is yet to be determined. Call 847.491.3165 to learn about fees and registration.

Learn more.


Growing Up Trans:
A FRONTLINE Documentary

In Growing Up Trans, a 90-minute special on PBS, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey into the lives of transgender patients in our Gender and Sex Development Program.

Watch the full documentary online.

While we believe in providing safe and effective care for our patients, the long-term consequences of some of the treatments are still unknown. Visit PBS.org to read an article in which our doctors discuss the risks and reasoning behind our care.


Our Patients & Families
Tell Their Stories

Patients and families from the Gender and Sex Development Program were featured in the FRONTLINE documentary, Growing Up Trans. They also  shared their personal stories with us on our blog. Visit the links below to read their posts.