Gender Development Resources



We've developed a list of helpful resources for transgender individuals and students, educators, parents and allies in the Chicago area and nationwide. Download the list to find support services, support groups, websites, books and more. 

Chest Binder Exchange



Lurie Children’s Gender Program has a chest binder exchange. If you have old chest binders that you are no longer using please consider donating them! 

You can drop them off at W. Deming Pl. 4th Floor, or mail them to: 
Lurie Children’s Administrative Office c/o Jennifer Leininger
4711 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60614



If you need a binder please take one from the exchange! They are at the front desk, simply ask to see the binders and take one with you today. If you have questions, please e-mail JLeininger@luriechildrens.org.​​​

One Lurie Children’s patient shares their experience with chest binders in a touching tribute:

Additional Community-Compiled Resources & Referrals



Educational Programs About Gender



Growing Up Trans: A FRONTLINE Documentary

In 2015, Lurie Children's Gender and Sex Development Program was featured in a FRONTLINE documentary about transgender children, called Growing Up Trans.

Visit PBS.org to watch the documentary and read supplemental materials.

Gender Revolution: A National Geographic Series

Katie Couric hosts a documentary and series of interviews with transgender children, teens and adults, and scientific explanations of what it means to be intersex.

Visit NationalGeographic.com to watch the series and read the January 2017 issue of the magazine.

Teachers and parents who want to discuss the series can download a helpful discussion guide.

Supportive Groups for Youth & Parents



ParentWISE

ParentWISE offers an opportunity for parents/caregivers from the program to connect with a trained volunteer who has first-hand experience in parenting a gender-diverse or transgender child.

View our flyer to learn more: English​ | Español

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.

Download our brochure for more infomation.

BeYourself Playgroup for Gender Expansive & Transgender Children

Children will participate in gender affirming playgroups with facilitated activities by a Child Life Specialist while parents will have an opportunity to connect with one another and share their experiences.

BeYourself Teen & Parent Night

Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s hosts a Teen Social Night & Parent Group 6-8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Youth and parents will eat dinner together (pizza, salad, snacks) before splitting off into two separate groups.

Download our brochure for more information: English​ | Español​​

Transitions

A monthly group for trans-identified women, ages 16-29. 

Download a flyer for more information