The List was fundamentally created to collect and showcase resources that are beneficial for trans+* individuals, their families, allies, and providers. We want this website to be a place where people can come to find support, community, and information.
*trans+ is used as an umbrella term to include all gender and sex minorities
The List is brought to you by The Juniper Center, a counseling and therapy practice that specializes in issues related to trauma recovery, addiction treatment, diverse sexuality and gender identities, and relationship and family therapy. It is one of the largest woman-owned counseling and therapy practices, with over 50 therapists and five locations across Chicagoland.
This project began with Ariel (Ari) Groner, a licensed clinical social worker, and the assistant director at the Juniper Center. As a therapist focusing her work on supporting the queer community, she would note resources to share with clients by recording them in a spreadsheet. Over time this spreadsheet grew and she would share it with anyone that reached out looking for resources, whether that be a client, parent, or fellow provider. This collection became known as “The List” and she aspired to expand a simple Google Sheet into a full-fledged website.
Ari’s dream of creating a one-stop-shop resource website could only become a reality with a lot more help. It was then that she was connected with Adler University, where her idea became a project for graduate students. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, four interns came forward with various skills to take on this task. Madeline Butler, Madison Ellis, Katie Hatches, and Dani Kallis became a powerhouse team that updated information, added resources, and created this magical website. Although they each brought different experiences, they all shared one common goal: to create connections for and within the community. Adler intern Patrick Mooney was handed the torch in October 2021
This project would not be possible without the help of the community. We want to recognize those who came before us and those who continue to dedicate their time, energy, and space to uplift this community. We hope that this website strengthens the legacy created by our queer ancestors, particularly BIPOC folx.