Trans & GNC Chicagoland Resources
Tools & Tips
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.
Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights - If you live in Chicago and think you're being discriminated against as a renter, you can contact CLC 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.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization - If you're having difficulty with your landlord and you live in Chicago, you can contact MTO 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.
Open Communities - If you're in the northern suburbs and experiencing either discrimination or landlord difficulties for free.
Attorney Neda Nozari is my favorite choice. She provides free consultation for any of this stuff, plus more. I highly recommend her and I vouch for her whole-heatedly.
Mutual Ground, Inc in Aurora, IL - domestic violence shelter + individual counseling and group counseling
Openly trans-identified therapists
Aren Drehobl, LCSW, CADC - Addiction & Recovery Services
Xochitl Sandoval (works at Practical Audacity in Logan Square & Evolution Counseling in Naperville)
Organizations with trans-affirming therapists
Howard Brown, namely Kira Weidner, Kelly Ducheny, and Ben Walker
Disclaimer: I’ve personally been misgendered several times by receptionists at Howard Brown.
LifeWorks, especially Betsy Duke and Cindy Trawinski
Live Oak, Kelly George and Jordan Dunmead especially
Practical Audacity (sexuality, relationships, nonmonogamy)
Therapists who are likely TGNC-affirming
Andrea Schultz, LCSW, RYT, CPT
Carrie Bradean, LCSW, MA, CCTP
Colleen Kempner - Catalyst Psychotherapy
Colleen Napleton - Inner Life Psychological Services
Cynthia Holmes, LCSW - Chicago Center for Behavioral Medicine
Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D. - LifeWorks Psychotherapy
Elmo Painter - specializes in somatic experiencing and body-mind psychotherapy (kink, poly)
Jason Best (kink, nonmonogamy, chronic illness, relationships, behavior changes)
Jessica Lynn Hudson Psychologist, PhD
Jim Cosenza (substance abuse / harm reduction, nonmonogamy, kink)
Jordan Dunmead - also does groups (survivors of sexual violence and nonmonogamy)
Kelli Blanchard Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAADC
Kira Weidner (TGNC youth, trauma, relationships)
Laura Grimes at River Rock Therapy
Melisa B Bailey Psychologist, PsyD
Tina Gupta at Northwestern Family Institute (sliding scale options)
Gender & Sexuality Info / Tools
Practice with pronouns: https://www.practicewithpronouns.com
Tips for mastering pronouns: http://cassolotl.tumblr.com/post/168336693365
How to react after misgendering: 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/
Singular they/them pronouns overview: https://praxischi.com/news/singular-they-them
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