Gender Identity & Sex Development

The Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s has two arms. One provides comprehensive services for transgender, gender expansive and gender-non conforming youth while the other provides support for children and adolescents with sex development conditions.

Services for Gender Development

The gender development arm of the program provides outpatient services aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as youth progress through gender identity development.

Services for Sex Development

The sex development arm of our program cares for newborns and children with differences of sex development. Our collaborative team includes pediatric endocrinologists, urologists, surgeons and nurses in addition to an ethicist and child psychologist experienced in DSD and gender issues to give our patients the most holistic care possible.

TransMentor One-on-One Mentoring Program

TransMentor pairs trans, gender expansive, and gender questioning youth ages 13-20 with trans and gender expansive adults. Support includes weekly check-ins and bimonthly social events with a one-year commitment.


To request an appointment, call Janay Joyce at 312.227.3779 or e-mail

For more information about our gender development services, contact Jennifer Leininger at 773.303.6056 or e-mail