April 11, 2014 is the National Day of Silence, a student-led action sponsored by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network’s (GLSEN) in which thousands of students around the country will remain silent for all or part of the school day to
call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too
often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary.
Yet there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment
surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender
people. It’s quite clear now that a person’s gender identity—one’s inner
sense of being male or female—is deep-seated and cannot be changed,
and therefore that this transition-related health care can be crucial.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Whether at work, in a restaurant
or passing through a train station, pretty much everyone needs to stop
into a restroom at some point while away from the comforts of home.
But this simple routine is anything but that for many transgender and
gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people.
Since the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma has been a major obstacle to accessing care and implementing effective HIV prevention policies.1
People with HIV face pre-judgment, marginalization, discrimination and severe misunderstanding about the means and
actual risks of transmission.
On June 1, 2011 The “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” went into effect. Below are answers to
frequently asked questions about the civil union law and what it means for Illinoisans.