EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES

Centers & Organizations

General

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook


Services: Social, support, and leadership programming for LGBTQ+ youth ages 4-24, sexual health education, mental heatlh services Contact Info: Lizzy Appleby 847.724.2620 x121 lizzy.appleby@ysgn.org




Center on Halsted


Services: · Advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ people of Chicagoland Contact Info: · Center on Halsted




Chicago House


Services: · Serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA+ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs. Contact Info: · Chicago House · 772.248.5200




Howard Brown Health Center


Services: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STI prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives Contact Info: Website




Lurie Children's Hospital


Services: · Gender and Sex Development Program, you will find warmth, support and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Surgery, Psychiatry and Psychology. Contact Info: · Lurie Children's Hospital · Jennifer Leininger · 773.303.6056 · JLeininger@luriechildrens.org




Response Center


Services:

· The Response Center is a youth service agency for people ages 12 – 24 and their families.

· Counseling, community-based education, and leadership development.

· LGBTQIA+ friendly and affirming with programs for queer youth with queer counselors and gender neutral bathrooms

Contact Info: Website 847.676.0078




Peoria TransGender Society


Services: Peoria TransGender Society (PTGS) exists as a catalyst for making friends, creating allies, exploring our inner visions, sharing information and support, and nurturing our true identities. A place for Peoria-area transgender people, by Peoria transgender people. Contact Info: Website PTGSociety@gmail.com




Central Illinois Pride Health Center


Services: · CIPHC is here to promote the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community of Central Illinois without judgment or discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. No one will be turned away regardless of insurance. Contact Info: · Central Illinois Pride Health Center · 815.893.7459




Planned Parenthood


Services: They provide abortion services and referrals, birth control, emergency contraeption, general health care, HIV services, Trans Health services, men's health services, patient education, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, and women's services. Contact Info: Website 800.230.7526




Upswing Advocates


Services: Currently on hold due to business changes Training and coaching Contact Info: Website 872.888.7987 upswingadvocates@gmail.com





Education

Illinois Safe School Alliance


Services: Policy/Advocacy, Camps, School Programs, Rights (Many different Services). Contact Info: Website 312.629.2988 x101 Nat Duran Youth Engaement Manager x107 Grecia Magdaleno Policy and Advocacy Manager




GLSEN Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network


Mission: A prominent organization supporting GLBT youth. They have resources about creating safe and supportive environments for students. The site includes information on GSA's and other student resources, educator materials on LGBTQ issues, policy resources such as Model Safe Space Policies and Research tools and summaries. Website




TSER Trans Student Educational Resources


Mission: Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. Website




Teaching Tolerance


Mission: A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, this website contains lesson plans and other resources to teach tolerance, many focusing on gender issues. Website




HRC: Welcoming Schools and A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools


Mission: WELCOMING SCHOOLS, a comprehensive approach to improving school climate in elementary school environments with training, resources, and lessons to help schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and non-binary students. THE GUIDE was written for administrators, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with youth, covers topics ranging from basic concepts of gender and the importance of affirming gender identity, to best practices for restroom access and working with unsupportive parents. Website




Family Acceptance Project


About: The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children. Check out their website for lots of great resources and information! Website: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/




Center for Excellence LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health equity


Mission: The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Through training, coaching, and technical assistance we are implementing change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life. Website: https://lgbtqequity.org/




History Unerased


Mission: History UnErased is an education nonprofit founded in 2015 by veteran classroom teachers to provide K-12 schools with the curriculum and training they need to teach LGBTQ-inclusive history as it intersects with race, gender, and nationality within the mainstream curriculum. Website: https://unerased.org/





DISCLAIMER: The List does not represent or endorse any of the services or service providers listed herein. This list is provided for information only as to available resources and is not intended to reflect affiliation with or support of these service providers. The details of resources are subject to change and could be out of date on this website. See the resources contact or website for current details. 

 

Conferences

Transgender Training Institute


About: The Transgender Training Institute (TTI) is a proudly trans-owned business that provides training and consulting services, facilitated by transgender and non-binary people, with the goal of contributing to a more just, equitable and affirming world. They combine our topical expertise & lived experiences, formal training as educators, intersectional social justice values, and decades of facilitation experience to provide your participants with powerful professional development trainings. Their business model centers on funneling economic resources to transgender and non-binary people. TTI was founded in 2015, by Dr. Eli R. Green. Website: https://www.transgendertraininginstitute.com/




Illinois Safe Schools Alliance


About: The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Website: https://www.ilsafeschools.org/




Kelly George


Clinician(s): · Kelly George, LCPC (they/them/theirs) Location(s): · Chicago Website: · New Constellations Therapy Contact: · 773-692-4558 · kelly@newconstellationstherapy.com Additional Information: ·Kelly George is a nonbinary clinician and trainer with over 10 years of experience. Using an upbeat and engaging style they deliver trainings ranging from basic introductions around trans identity to more advanced training around specific issues related to trans care and supporting trans and gender non conforming people. They offer trainings to all kinds of organizations - mental health, corporations, law firms, schools, etc.





 

Training/Coaching

Transgender Training Institute


About: The Transgender Training Institute (TTI) is a proudly trans-owned business that provides training and consulting services, facilitated by transgender and non-binary people, with the goal of contributing to a more just, equitable and affirming world. They combine our topical expertise & lived experiences, formal training as educators, intersectional social justice values, and decades of facilitation experience to provide your participants with powerful professional development trainings. Their business model centers on funneling economic resources to transgender and non-binary people. TTI was founded in 2015, by Dr. Eli R. Green. Website: https://www.transgendertraininginstitute.com/




Illinois Safe Schools Alliance


About: The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Website: https://www.ilsafeschools.org/




Kelly George


Clinician(s): · Kelly George, LCPC (they/them/theirs) Location(s): · Chicago Website: · New Constellations Therapy Contact: · 773-692-4558 · kelly@newconstellationstherapy.com Additional Information: ·Kelly George is a nonbinary clinician and trainer with over 10 years of experience. Using an upbeat and engaging style they deliver trainings ranging from basic introductions around trans identity to more advanced training around specific issues related to trans care and supporting trans and gender non conforming people. They offer trainings to all kinds of organizations - mental health, corporations, law firms, schools, etc.





 

Advocacy and Law

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)


Description:

  • The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.

Location(s):

  • United States
Website:




Center on Halsted


Description:

  • Center on Halsted's Legal Clinic provides free and confidential information and referrals from local volunteer attorneys and legal organizations. Sessions are 45 minutes in length. Depending on your legal issue, you may be provided with basic information about the issue, possible options and/or referrals to other legal advocacy groups, attorneys that have been assessed for LGBTQ competency or other social service resources.

Location(s):

  • Chicago, IL

Contact:

  • 773.472.6469 ext 436
  • legal@centeronhalsted.org

Website:




Chicago House


Description:

  • TransLegal helps participants with name change or gender identity documents, assistance in obtaining public benefits, criminal legal advocacy, workshops and clinics, civil rights/discrimination advocacy and employment matters

Location(s):

  • Chicago, IL

Contact:

  • 773.248.5200 x 414
  • mpahl@chicagohouse.org

Website:




General Law and Gender Transitioning Legal Help


Description:

  • law firm serving members of the LGBTQ community in the following areas: Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, Assistance with issues related to lesbian and gay partnerships, transition issues for the transgendered.

Location(s):

  • Chicago, IL

Contact:

  • 773.777.9277
  • JRQuinnAtty@aol.com

Website:




Human Rights Campaign (HRC)


Description:

  • The goal at the Human Rights Campaign is to ensure that every LGBTQ person is free to live their life openly, with their equal rights ensured. We know that goal requires that we keep educating, supporting and inspiring ourselves and each other. In the spirit of that continual growth, we’ve compiled information and advice on a range of topics,

Location(s):

  • United States
Website:




Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA)


Description:

  • public education, networking, and government petition

Location(s):

  • Illinois

Contact:

  • 630.219.0526
  • IGA@genderadvocates.org




Illinois Safe School Alliance


Description:

  • promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.

Location(s):

  • Illinois

Contact:

  • 312.533.2624

Website:




Lambda Legal (Midwestern Office)


Description:

  • Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work

Location(s):

  • Midwest Region

Contact:

  • 312 663 4413 ex 350 (legal help desk)

Website:




Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois


Description:

  • Committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination

Location(s):

  • Chicago, IL

Contact:

  • 773.272.1822
  • legal@tjlp.org

Website:





 

PDFs

Transgender Training Institute


About: The Transgender Training Institute (TTI) is a proudly trans-owned business that provides training and consulting services, facilitated by transgender and non-binary people, with the goal of contributing to a more just, equitable and affirming world. They combine our topical expertise & lived experiences, formal training as educators, intersectional social justice values, and decades of facilitation experience to provide your participants with powerful professional development trainings. Their business model centers on funneling economic resources to transgender and non-binary people. TTI was founded in 2015, by Dr. Eli R. Green. Website: https://www.transgendertraininginstitute.com/




Illinois Safe Schools Alliance


About: The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Website: https://www.ilsafeschools.org/




Kelly George


Clinician(s): · Kelly George, LCPC (they/them/theirs) Location(s): · Chicago Website: · New Constellations Therapy Contact: · 773-692-4558 · kelly@newconstellationstherapy.com Additional Information: ·Kelly George is a nonbinary clinician and trainer with over 10 years of experience. Using an upbeat and engaging style they deliver trainings ranging from basic introductions around trans identity to more advanced training around specific issues related to trans care and supporting trans and gender non conforming people. They offer trainings to all kinds of organizations - mental health, corporations, law firms, schools, etc.





 
 

Other Lists

Trans and GNC Resources


Content:

  • The site contains hundred’s of downloadable PDFs from the following categories: Children & Teens, Documents & Identification, Healthcare, Non-Binary, Professional Medical Articles, School Rights & Policy, Trans 101 and the WPATH Standards of Care.
Link:




Queery- Chicago Resources


Content:

  • Online databse of LGBTQ+ services in the Chicagoland area.
  • Can be narrowed down by community and location.
Link:




Practical Audacity Resource List


Content:

  • Includes resources in the following categories: Local Organizations (Chicago), Online Communities, Media: Books, Blogs, and Podcasts, Legal Services, Mental Health, Physical Health, Transition-Related Products and Services, Medical Transition, Sex-Related Resources
Link:




Lurie Children's Gender Resource List


Content:

  • List of helpful resources for transgender individuals and students, educators, parents and allies in the Chicago area and nationwide.
  • Download the list to find support services, support groups, websites, books and more.
Link:




National Youth Equality Foundation


Content:

  • The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender children, youth, and their families.
  • Lists of recommended books; resource lists for parents, educators, providors, and youth; and a section on navigating college.
  • TYEF also sponsors a summer camp and retreats.
Link:




Gender Spectrum


Content:

  • Connects the user to support groups
  • Contains lists of books and articles for parents, teens, educators and medical professionals in English and some in Spanish.
  • Topics include Understanding Gender, Research and Resources on Parenting Gender-Expansive Youth, Blogs, Privacy/Safety Issues, School Resources, Camps, Sports and other Activities, Medical and Legal.
Link:




TransParent USA


Content:

  • Contains listings of area-specific resources as well as extensive listings of blogs, books, educational materials, news articles and videos.
Link:




Trans and Gender Expansive Children: Resources for Families


Content:

  • Includes websites, Bank Street Theses, Film, Radio/TV, Articles and Books, Conferences, Clinical Literature and sections on Bullying, Parent Blogs, Siblings, Language and Identity, Advocacy Alerts, Legislation, Safe School Guidelines, Beyond Childhood and Transitions.
Link:




Folx Health Library


Content:

  • HRT advice, support, tips (self-injection)
Link:




Trans LifeLine Resource List


Content:

  • Includes resources from the following categories: transition (social, legal, medical), education, ID change, finder tools, coming out, disability, conferences, hotlines, camps, sex work, aging,+
Link:




Queer Music Playlist


Content:

  • Contains a list of queer music for you to listen to!
Link:




Directory of LGBTQ+ Media Recommendations


Content:

  • This list contains media recommendations in the followiing categories: youtubers, books, movies, shows, webcomics, podcasts.
Link:




Chicago Women's Health Center


Content:

  • Includes resources in the following categories: referral lists, housing and emplopyment, group support, hair/fashion/cosmetics/body modification, wigs and wig care, name and gender markers, voice therapy, cancer genetic testing, complementary health resources, hotlines and crisis support, couneling/mental health support, psychiatry, legal resources, gender affirmation letters, financial assistance for surgery, hair transplant, hair removal, surgical procedures, nipple tattooing, fertiliity, fertility preservation, alternative insemination, adoption/foster care.
Link:




LGBTQ+ Friendly Book List (2016)


Content:

  • This resource has a list of 41 books for youth and young adults.
Link:




Trans Student Educational Resources


Content:

  • Extensive list of trans + GNC conferences
Link:




PFLAG Trans Resources


PFLAG Resources Content: Resources for families of trans individuals including guides, pamphlets, videos, housing, shelter, healthcare and more. Link: https://pflagillinois.org/resources/transgender/




LGBTQIA+ Glossary


Content: Just like it sounds! An all in one list of terms and their definition. Link: LGBTQIA+ Glossary





 

Articles

General

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook


Services: Social, support, and leadership programming for LGBTQ+ youth ages 4-24, sexual health education, mental heatlh services Contact Info: Lizzy Appleby 847.724.2620 x121 lizzy.appleby@ysgn.org




Center on Halsted


Services: · Advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ people of Chicagoland Contact Info: · Center on Halsted




Chicago House


Services: · Serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA+ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs. Contact Info: · Chicago House · 772.248.5200




Howard Brown Health Center


Services: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STI prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives Contact Info: Website




Lurie Children's Hospital


Services: · Gender and Sex Development Program, you will find warmth, support and exceptional care provided by a diverse team of specialists from disciplines including General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, Urology, Surgery, Psychiatry and Psychology. Contact Info: · Lurie Children's Hospital · Jennifer Leininger · 773.303.6056 · JLeininger@luriechildrens.org




Response Center


Services:

· The Response Center is a youth service agency for people ages 12 – 24 and their families.

· Counseling, community-based education, and leadership development.

· LGBTQIA+ friendly and affirming with programs for queer youth with queer counselors and gender neutral bathrooms

Contact Info: Website 847.676.0078




Peoria TransGender Society


Services: Peoria TransGender Society (PTGS) exists as a catalyst for making friends, creating allies, exploring our inner visions, sharing information and support, and nurturing our true identities. A place for Peoria-area transgender people, by Peoria transgender people. Contact Info: Website PTGSociety@gmail.com




Central Illinois Pride Health Center


Services: · CIPHC is here to promote the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community of Central Illinois without judgment or discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. No one will be turned away regardless of insurance. Contact Info: · Central Illinois Pride Health Center · 815.893.7459




Planned Parenthood


Services: They provide abortion services and referrals, birth control, emergency contraeption, general health care, HIV services, Trans Health services, men's health services, patient education, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, and women's services. Contact Info: Website 800.230.7526




Upswing Advocates


Services: Currently on hold due to business changes Training and coaching Contact Info: Website 872.888.7987 upswingadvocates@gmail.com





Education

Illinois Safe School Alliance


Services: Policy/Advocacy, Camps, School Programs, Rights (Many different Services). Contact Info: Website 312.629.2988 x101 Nat Duran Youth Engaement Manager x107 Grecia Magdaleno Policy and Advocacy Manager




GLSEN Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network


Mission: A prominent organization supporting GLBT youth. They have resources about creating safe and supportive environments for students. The site includes information on GSA's and other student resources, educator materials on LGBTQ issues, policy resources such as Model Safe Space Policies and Research tools and summaries. Website




TSER Trans Student Educational Resources


Mission: Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. Website




Teaching Tolerance


Mission: A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, this website contains lesson plans and other resources to teach tolerance, many focusing on gender issues. Website




HRC: Welcoming Schools and A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools


Mission: WELCOMING SCHOOLS, a comprehensive approach to improving school climate in elementary school environments with training, resources, and lessons to help schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and non-binary students. THE GUIDE was written for administrators, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with youth, covers topics ranging from basic concepts of gender and the importance of affirming gender identity, to best practices for restroom access and working with unsupportive parents. Website




Family Acceptance Project


About: The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. They use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children. Check out their website for lots of great resources and information! Website: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/




Center for Excellence LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health equity


Mission: The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Through training, coaching, and technical assistance we are implementing change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life. Website: https://lgbtqequity.org/




History Unerased


Mission: History UnErased is an education nonprofit founded in 2015 by veteran classroom teachers to provide K-12 schools with the curriculum and training they need to teach LGBTQ-inclusive history as it intersects with race, gender, and nationality within the mainstream curriculum. Website: https://unerased.org/





 

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