Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Chicagoland Resources
If you live in Chicago and think you're being discriminated against as a renter, you can contact the Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights for free. The more info you have (date/time of interaction with landlord, quotes, etc), the more helpful for them to pursue patterns of discrimination. You can also reach out to John Marshall Law School for assistance and/or resources about fair housing.
If you're having difficulty with your landlord and you live in Chicago, you can contact Metropolitan Tenants Organization. Volunteer Tenants Rights Hotline: 773-292-4988 - hotline is open Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00pm. Walk-In’s Mon-Thurs, 10:00-4:30pm (1727 S Indiana). To request an appointment for one-on-one help, email: email@example.com
If you're in the northern suburbs of Chicago and experiencing either discrimination or landlord difficulties, contact Open Communities for free services.
You can also contact Attorney Neda Nozari for a free consultation for any of this stuff, plus more.
Moving sucks and is stressful as is. Getting misgendered and inaccurately called “ma’am” or “sir” by the folks helping you isn’t a needed added stress at all.
Ethan Pluto Swift (he/him/they/them) says "I am a super queer and trans, and I help people move in my converted van! I have done this for a while… I'd like to help you move! I can provide references if needed. I am strong! This is labor + van service, but you can choose not to use my labor.”
Availability: Anytime, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays I am only available after 8PM
Fees: Sliding scale, but not an hourly fee. Fees depend on - distance, number of stairs, how many large furniture items, & how many trips // Single heavy items: $30-$60 // Fill the van once: $60-$80, for each additional trip $40 more // Taxing trips i.e many stairs or large items $100+ // If you don't need my van at all, just moving help $25-$40 an hour. // “We can talk about fees if this seems out of your range, I’m happy to help.”
Body work (acupuncturists, massage therapists, etc)
Bluebird Wellness - created by two folks who were part of the Sage Health Collective. Sliding scale for acupuncture. Offers massages, cupping & herbal remedies. Provide post top surgery healing acupuncture treatment.
Therapists who are likely TGNC-friendly
Andrea Schultz, LCSW, RYT, CPT
Ashley Molin Center on Halsted Behavioral Health (recommended by past group member)
Carrie Bradean, LCSW, MA, CCTP
Colleen Napleton Inner Life Psychological Services (Vouched for by group member)
Elmo Painter - specializes in somatic experiencing and body-mind psychotherapy (kink, poly)
Jessica Lynn Hudson Psychologist, PhD
Kelli Blanchard Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAADC (vouched for in CQE)
Melisa B Bailey Psychologist, PsyD
Sarah Bazzetta vouched for by several close friends of the facilitators & multiple ICQE folks
Tara Link Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, CM
[I]CQE therapist vouches
Amy Roe - private practice
Howard Brown, namely Kira Weidner, Kelly Ducheny, and Ben Walker
Ing Swenson, LCSW (see Rad Remedy list)
Jason Best vouched multiple times (kink, nonmonogamy, chronic illness, relationships, behavior changes)
Jordan Dunmead via past group member, also does groups (survivors of sexual violence and nonmonogamy)
Jim Cosenza via past group member (substance abuse / harm reduction, nonmonogamy, kink)
Kira Weidner (TGNC youth, trauma, relationships)
Laura Grimes River Rock Therapy (vouched for multiple times)
LifeWorks overall, Betsy Duke and Cindy Trawinski especially
Live Oak (see Rad Remedy list below) vouched for several times
Rena McDaniel at Practical Audacity (sexuality and relationships, including nonmonogamy)
Tina Gupta at Northwestern Family Institute (sliding scale, ICQE vouch)
These therapists have 5/5 ratings on RAD Remedy
Aren M. Drehobl, LCSW, CADC - Addiction & Recovery Services (trans-identified)
Cynthia Holmes, LCSW - Chicago Center for Behavioral Medicine
Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D. - LifeWorks Psychotherapy
Ing Swenson, LCSW - Center On Halsted (also vouched for in ICQE)
Live Oak (Vouched for several times on ICQE also, Kelly George and Jordan Dunmead especially)
Gender & Sexuality Info / Tools
The gender unicorn: http://www.transstudent.org/gender
Gender neutral greetings: https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Gender-Inclusive-Language
Practice with pronouns: https://www.practicewithpronouns.com
Tips for mastering pronouns: http://cassolotl.tumblr.com/post/168336693365
How to react after misgendering someone: http://www.lifeworkspsychotherapy.com/react-accidentally-misgendering-someone/
Video: Being a trans ally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9av5WbSSlyM
Trans 101 in 1 page: https://jessss.com/blog/trans101
Practice pronoun website: https://www.minus18.org.au/pronouns-app/
Want a trans 101 or anti-opression training for your school, group, organization, employer, etc.?
Check out Praxis Group!
Mutual Ground, Inc in Aurora, IL - domestic violence shelter + individual counseling and group counseling
To add to this list, give feedback, or comment about any of the above resources, especially personal experience with therapists, submit thru the contact page.