Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chaz Bono speaks at HBHC panel
by Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times
2011-05-11

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) hosted a panel, "Opportunities for Holistic Trans Health: Inside and Outside the System," May 6 that addressed the healthcare needs of the trans community.

In keeping with the topic of holistic healthcare, the panel's speakers came from a range of fields and areas of expertise. The panel included Chaz Bono, who would also be the featured guest speaker at HBHC's Lifeline Fundraiser later that evening. (A documentary about his transition, Becoming Chaz, was to have its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network May 10, with his memoir being published the same day.)

The other panelists were activists and healthcare professionals and advocates from the Chicago community. They included Lois Bates, trans health manager at HBHC; Linda Wesp, director of adolescent health at HBHC; Owen Daniel-McCarter, founding collective member of the Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP); Lawrence Goring, founding member of Gender Identity Foundation for Transgender Men (GIFT); Matty Rosado, lead facilitator at Broadway Youth Center (BYC); and C. Angel Torres, movement-building leader at the Young Women's Empowerment Project (YWEP) and Shira Hassan, co-director of YWEP.

HBHC CEO Jamal Edwards addressed the packed room, numbering approximately 40 individuals, with introductory remarks emphasizing the importance of the Center to the community. He said, "What we do at Howard Brown is unique because people [come to Howard Brown] when they need quality, culturally competent and compassionate healthcare." Calling HBHC "a place of refuge and a place of strength," he praised it for its "innovative" THInC (Trans Hormone Informed Consent) protocol, which allows clients seeking hormone therapy to access it by stating their own choices about their transitions. This differs from the standard procedure at most clinics, where transgender clients are required to demonstrate that they are suitable candidates for therapy.

BYC manager Lara Brooks moderated the panel. Her opening remarks set the tone for the discussion when she spoke of the need to "link healthcare to institutional violence" and praised what she described as a "dream team" of a panel as "activists bravely resisting institutional violence." Brooks began by asking what the problems might be with access to healthcare for the trans community, and asked Bono to respond first. He said "trans guys who don't know how to access proper treatment" and recommended that people "start with your local gay and lesbian center and do research."

Rosado spoke of the problems with not having more "open-minded medical providers" and the fact that hormone therapies tend to be expensive, as well as issues with people assuming they knew what pronouns to use and the lack of gender neutral bathrooms. Grimes expanded the point by adding that medical professionals were not sufficiently trained in working with the transgender community, and emphasized that the issues needed to be taken to the mainstream and larger institutions.

On a question of internalized transphobia, Bono spoke of his own experience, recounting that "For me, the internalized transphobia was fear and shame" and that he had once thought that his life would be "absolutely ruined" if he transitioned.

A discussion about what good trans health would look like prompted responses from Wesp, who stressed the need for medical providers to, effectively, unlearn much of what they might have been taught in medical school. According to her, medical providers are "trained to make quick judgments" and diagnoses "and to put people in boxes," and that can mean often ignoring the needs, wishes, and gender self-identification of their trans clients. Bates spoke of the need for providers to remember that health issues did not operate in isolation and that other matters, like sexual issues or partner issues, were also key to a holistic health program.

Daniel-McCarter returned to the issue of institutional violence raised at the beginning when asked about one of TJLP's core values (each group was asked to discuss its own), gender self-determination. He pointed out that trans people are "scrutinized more for their gender expression" and further stigmatized when they are also poor, people of color and/or HIV-positive. This also means that they have limited access to healthcare and other basic needs while at the same time facing harassment, violence, police violence and high rates of incarceration. He also pointed to the mainstream community's tendency to see incarcerated trans people as a "taint on the movement."

YWEP's Hassan and Torres spoke about reproductive justice, a core value for the group, defining it as "the right to make decisions about your body and you at all times," and their emphasis on harm reduction, which means aiding their constituents in safer practices in whatever they were engaged in (such as sex trade or the use of street hormones), instead of lecturing them to stop.

Bates and Wesp also addressed the history of HBHC's relationship with the Chicago transgender community. Wesp expanded on the development of the THInC protocol while Bates spoke of how Howard Brown was "one of the first institutions that started thinking about providing healthcare to trans individuals, especially trans people of color," who have high rates of HIV.

Addressing the question of what the community and allies might do to take further steps with regard to healthcare for the trans community, Owen Daniel-McCarter said that one in three trans people can expect to be incarcerated and that allies and the community should think of alternatives to hate crimes legislation which, he said, does not work because "it individualizes problems with hate" and only succeeds in putting more people of color without resources in jail; according to him, most people jailed under hate-crimes legislation are Black males, for crimes against white men.

Asked what the panelists might dream about in terms of healthcare for the community, Wesp said, simply, "healthcare for everybody," and Torres spoke of the need for transformative justice rather than "subscribing to a system that's broken." Grimes said he wanted to see gender identity disorder removed from the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), pointing out that "it creates a lot of barriers for our community by creating a negative stigma."

He added, "We don't have a mental disorder. What we have is a problem dealing with the systems because the systems don't have a way to deal with us. We navigate and we deal with that stress day to day." Photos by Kat Fitzgerald (MysticImagesPhotography.com ); many more at www.WindyCityMediaGroup.com


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Undocumented LGBTQ+ activists speak on importance of voting 2020-10-23
--From a press release - Los Angeles, CA. - Queer and undocumented filmmaker Armando Ibañez is releasing the videos of 9 undocumented LGTQ+ activists speaking on the importance of the 2020 elections to undocumented communities as part of the #VotaJota digital ...


Gay News

'V for Vendetta' at Music Box Oct. 30. includes talk with Wachowski 2020-10-22
- The 15th-anniversary theatrical re-release of V for Vendetta, which now includes bonus content—a 13-minute, pre-recorded conversation with director James McTeigue and writer/producer Lana Wachowski—will run at the Music Box Theatre ...


Gay News

Trans films at Chicago International Film Festival 2020-10-22
- The 56th Chicago International Film Festival illuminates varying gender norms—in childhood, adolescence and old age—now through Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the Festival's "Out-Look" LGBTQ+ programming. Three feature films ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Lovecraft,' Tony nominees, RuPaul, Megan Thee Stallion 2020-10-19
- The HBO show Lovecraft Country recently introduced a new character, Yahima—a Two-Spirit person who was quickly murdered and never mentioned again. But now, showrunner Misha Green has gone on Twitter to apologize for what she calls ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Autistic trans guide, trans death, AIDS Quilt, intersex study 2020-10-19
- The National LGBTQ Task Force and the AWNNetwork released a collaborative guide, "Before You Go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital"—a groundbreaking first-of-its-kind publication filled with tips and ...


Gay News

WORLD French plan, 'gay panic' defense, trans youth case, Northern Triangle 2020-10-19
- The French government unveiled a national plan to combat hatred and discrimination against LGBTQ people, and the initiative emphasises the importance of inclusive education in stamping out homophobia, RFI.fr reported. The three-year plan aims to make ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois condemns transphobic posts by State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi 2020-10-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO - Newly exposed discriminatory comments show it's deja vu in DuPage County following racist and homophobic remarks by State Rep. Amy Grant last month. The Patch reported that voters learned that state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi ...


Gay News

Court declines to review ruling ordering medically care for Idaho trans prisoner 2020-10-14
--From a NCLR press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a federal court decision ordering the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) to provide medically necessary gender confirmation surgery ...


Gay News

Transphobic ad attacks U.S. House candidate Gina Ortiz Jones 2020-10-13
--From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office, condemned the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) for releasing a transphobic ...


Gay News

Collaborate Arts Institute to mark 10th anniversary 2020-10-12
- Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), 7409 N. Greenview Ave., is celebrating its 10th-anniversary season with fall offerings that include the annual Collaborative Works Festival, two recitals as part of the Lieder Lounge series and the ...


Gay News

WORLD India couple, Japan items, pro-trans writers, Nigeria job fair 2020-10-12
- In India, a same-sex couple approached the Delhi High Court seeking legal recognition of their marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, India.com reported. The petitioners, an Indian citizen and an overseas citizen, are two gay men ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Marriage equality, minister and trans journalist die, HRC 2020-10-12
- LGBTQ-rights advocates are warning of a renewed threat to marriage equality, NBC News reported. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ignited fears of ...


Gay News

World Rugby bans trans women players 2020-10-11
- International body World Rugby ruled Oct. 9 that transgender women may not participate in elite and international women's rugby, Reuters reported. In new guidelines, World Rugby said the naturally acquired physical benefits that trans women receive ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Transgender advocate, journalist Monica Roberts dies 2020-10-08
--From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - "This week, the LGBTQ+ community lost one of our fiercest voices in Monica Roberts, an activist who not only lifted up the stories of trans people and inspired generations of countless transgender and non-binary people but ...


Gay News

City passes ordinance recognizing nonbinary Chicagoans 2020-10-08
- Chicago City Council passed a new ordinance Oct. 7 ensuring that non-binary Chicagoans will not be marginalized in City rules and forms. The new rules take effect within 60 days. The measure, introduced this past spring ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Privacy Policy     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.