Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-03-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago House partnering with jail on transgender programs
Windy City Times Special Investigative Series: LGBTQs and the Criminal Legal System
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-05-22

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


HIV service agency Chicago House has been making headlines the past two years for a massive expansion into transgender housing, employment, medical services, programs and legal support.

Now, the organization is taking that work into Cook County Jail.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has announced a new partnership with Chicago House in a Windy City Times exclusive.

"This is the right thing to do," said Bonnie Wade, director of the TransLife Center at Chicago House. "We have to go where the need is, and it just makes sense to start this partnership."

Chicago House will provide services to transgender detainees as well as those being released from the jail. The organization will also be conducting trainings and support for jail staff.

Officer Erica Rosas is chair of the jail's Gender Identity Committee, which oversees transgender housing and programs at the jail. She sought out Chicago House in an effort to improve transgender services at the jail, she said.

"It's a no-brainer," Rosas said.

The announcement comes in the wake of a large expansion of services at Chicago House, which has long been a HIV housing service provider. Chicago House is in the process of opening its TransLife Center, a North Side transitional living house for transgender people. The organization has been steadily adding services to that project under the directorship of Wade, a longtime LGBTQ housing advocate.

Advocates have noted that few resources are available for transgender women upon release from jail. Sometimes, they are released in the middle of the night without housing, money, employment or other resources.

Chicago House hopes to change that by connecting trans detainees to the organization's TransLife Center before release.

Through Chicago House, transgender detainees will have access to a support group in the jail, one-on-one support with Chicago House staff, legal assistance and planning services before being discharged.

Channyn Lynne Parker, connect to care coordinator for Chicago House, has already started meeting with detainees, running a weekly support group in the jail for transgender people.

Parker is believed to be the first out transgender person to work in Cook County Jail.

"[The jail] sought the help of someone who has walked in [the trans detainees'] shoes," said Parker. "I was a stone's throw from being there. It could have been me."

Chicago House will work with those released on securing housing and employment. The organization said it hopes to cut down on recidivism at the jail.

Asked if a partnership with the jail, historically seen as an unsafe place for LGBT people, would be complicated for Chicago House, both Parker and Wade said the move would allow Chicago House to support the community's most marginalized.

"We go to where the need is, and it just makes sense to start this partnership," Wade said.


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

Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore 2017-03-27 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore, Maryland ...


Gay News

Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law 2017-03-22 - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged members of the Illinois House to pass legislation to strengthen Illinois' hate crimes law. House ...


Gay News

Letter to the editor: Reaching out to Ron 2017-03-22 - I am both amazed and humbled by Ron Clewer's letter to the editor in Windy City Times ( the March 15 issue ) ...


Gay News

South Side trans woman reported missing 2017-03-20 - A South Side transgender woman Sherry Nicholas ( AKA Sherry Berry ) has been reported missing for the second time since her first ...


Gay News

Ald. Deborah Mell's office burglarized 2017-03-20 - The office of Chicago Ald. Deborah Mell, of the 33rd Ward, was apparently burglarized in the early morning hours of March 20, WLS ...


Gay News

Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence 2017-03-16 - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence ...


Gay News

Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors 2017-03-15 - The Anti-Violence Project ( AVP ) at the Center on Halsted "empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to ...


Gay News

Bar association board has Kellogg lawyer 2017-03-15 - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has appointed 11 new board members. Among the new board members is Norma Barnes-Euresti, who ...


Gay News

Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis 2017-03-15 - High-profile opioid-related deaths in recent years, including the singer Prince, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Glee's Cory Monteith have focused widespread attention on ...


Gay News

Report Calls for Fighting Poverty, Treating Trauma as Solutions to Violence 2017-03-15 - We are experiencing a surge of lethal violence in Chicago, and staggering rates of poverty in Chicago and across Illinois. Cycle of Risk: ...


 



Copyright © 2017 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
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos 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      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.