Chicago Resources

Chicago Gender Society

The Chicago Gender Society is organized and operated for social, charitable and educational purposes. More specifically, CGS is a social, and educational organization for all members of the Transgender community, their supporters and for the benefit of the public. The goal of CGS is to provide social and educational activities for its members, the transgender community and its supporters and the general public. It seeks to promote a positive self-image for transgender individuals in the business community, in the media and the general public. CGS is neither a therapy group nor a dating service. Each member is responsible for their own conduct.

Chicago Women's Health Center

Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC)is a collective that includes health care providers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women and trans people in the Chicago area. In 1975, a group of women healthcare providers and activists formed the health center for women in the community.

Genderqueer Chicago

Genderqueer Chicago is a free and open community group whose mission is to: bring people together to talk and think about gender in new ways; increase visibility of gender variant people; and educate the larger Chicago community on issues of importance to people in the gender variant community.

Genderqueer Chicago holds weekly safe discussion meetings, create city-wide activities, and host a community blog. This blog, like all GqC events and activities, is open to anyone who wants to talk or think about gender or identity.

Genderqueer Chicago is not an activist group or political campaign. Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and anyone wishing to take part is considered family.

GenderWork

GenderWork is Chicago's social, support, and activist group for FTM (female-to-male) female-assigned, masculine-identified individuals. Whether you are pre-op, post-op, non-op, on T or not, GenderWork welcomes you. This includes but is not limited to FTMs, transgendered men, transsexual men, transmen, intersex transmen, genderqueer folks, butches, transitioned men, transguys, bois, drag kings, bi/poly/pan/omni gendered, stone butches, trannyfags, two spirit, tomboys, femme tg bois, and non-gendered folks...wherever you are on the gender spectrum or in your journey of transition (or non transition), or if you are just questioning, please join GenderWork!

Illinois Gender Advocates

Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA) is the organization in Illinois performing public advocacy for transgender people. We petition for changes in the law and provide public education about transgenderism.

Membership in Illinois Gender Advocates is open to all. IGA welcomes everyone who believes in the importance of achieving equal rights for gender variant people. IGA members include all sexual orientations and gender identities. Those who identify as transgendered represent all aspects of the transgender spectrum: bigender, transsexuals, transgender men and transgender women, genderqueer, friends and family.

REFUGE Restrooms

REFUGE is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals. When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality it left a hole in our hearts. REFUGE picks up the torch where Safe2Pee left off and makes the valuable resource available to those who find themselves in need of a place to pee safely once again. Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings. We seek to create a community focused not only on finding existing safe restroom access but also looking forward and participating in restroom advocacy for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming folk.

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.

TYRA (Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy)

TYRA's vision is to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless gender identity or gender expression. Most transgender
youth feel unsafe in school because of gender identity or expression. The rate
of dropout, suicide and homelessness is disproportionately high.

Illinois Gender Advocates’ TYRA program serves as a resource for youth, their parents, schools, counselors, care providers and others. TYRA provides a weekly drop-in center: a safe, confidential place for youth, ages of 14 to 24, to come and meet other transgender or questioning youth.

TYRA advocates on behalf of transgender youth for inclusive services and programs at schools, social service agencies, foster care facilities, and other agencies.


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