Local Resources

For Transgender and Gender Variant

Transgender Youth Resources and Advocacy (TYRA)
TYRA is a program of the Illinois Gender Advocates and the Howard Brown Health. It aims to create a weekly drop-in community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless gender identity or gender expression.

Center on Halsted Youth Program
Aims to create a safe and confidential environment for young people ages 13–24 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, or who are straight allies (LGBTQA). Website includes a run-down of weekly scheduled events.

Resources for Parents

Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA)
Information resources, and outside links to help and empower transgender youth and their families.

Trans Active
Trans Active is an internationally recognized non-profit focused on serving the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) children, youth, their families and allies.

Gender Spectrum
Raising children who don’t fit neatly into male or female boxes brings a wealth of questions and uncertainties. Here you will find information and support to assist you in your search for answers, as well as a variety of medical, social, and legal advice and resources for your children.

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Join us as we transform our nation’s K-12 schools.

Local Resources

Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown Health was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. The agency serves more than 16,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. Howard Brown serves men and women, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood (Howard Brown Health), Triad Health Practice in the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center professional building, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago (Lakeview and Andersonville neighborhoods) and Oak Park.

Go Pride’s Transgender Network
Chicago’s premiere transgender resource page. Includes:

Valeo at Lakeshore Hospital
Valeo at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric and addiction-related treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Search for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Chicago.

DHS
The Illinois Department of Human Services helps Illinois families achieve self-sufficiency, independence and health to the maximum extent possible.

GLSEN
GLSEN engages the Chicago education community in creating safer schools by working with area high school Gay-Straight Alliances, funding a youth scholarship program, advocating for legal and policy change, and holding regular events for students, educators and others interested in LGBTQ issues.

Haymarket Center
The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery, by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community.

Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is a focal point in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chicago, serving the community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs.

Chicago Gender Society
A comprehensive collection of Chicago area transgender and transsexual meet-up groups and organizations, as well as a variety of other medical and counseling resources on both the local and national levels.

Columbia College Chicago Transgender Resources
A collection of local transgender resources compiled by Columbia College Chicago.

Chicago House
The mission of the new TransLife Project is to provide a trans-specific employment support program, fixed and scattered site housing for transgender persons, and linkage to culturally-competent healthcare and social services. In meeting our vision, we will provide direct services and utilize partnerships and collaborations to help transgender persons overcome poverty and reduce their risks of experiencing homelessness, underemployment, violence, health disparities, and HIV infection.