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Chicago House opens nation's first transgender housing

Chicago, IL — On Monday, Chicago House cut the ribbon on the TransLife Center (TLC), a first in the nation facility for members of the transgender community, located in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.

The non-profit organization said it hopes to offer full wrap-around services to members of Chicago's transgender community, which includes housing, health and employment servicecs, in a discrimination-free space.

"This will set a new model and a new standard for other cities," said Chicago House CEO, Rev. Stan J. Sloan during the morning ceremony.

The ribbon was cut by Stormie Williams, the first resident of the house, which includes nine bedrooms.

Transgender Hollywood producer and Chicago native Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas) was joined by Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality for the ceremony held outside the new facility.

A number of other dignitaries and elected officials also attended, including Book of Mormon's Jake Emmerling, Entertainer/Entrepreneur Kinley Preston of, state Reps. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and Greg Harris (D-Chicago), state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th), Alds. Harry Osterman (48th) and James Cappleman (46th), and Mona Noriega, director of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Sloan and TransLife Center Director, Bonn Wade, provided a tour of the new facility, which was funded by Alphawood Foundation Chicago and multiple corporate and private donors. TLC was wholly designed with time, materials and furnishing donations by Designs for Dignity.

Located in a former AIDS hospice operated by Chicago House, TLC's exact location is being kept private to protect its occupants.

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Posted by Franchelle on Mon, 7/15/2013 11:53 AM
Congratulations! This is one of my dreams for 12 years now. There are SO many hoops to jump through. This is really MOST AWESOME!
Posted by Dominique Storni on Mon, 7/15/2013 4:24 PM
This is Awesome, although Phoenix has had this for several years it is such a positive step for ALL of the community.
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Posted by Peter Cangialosi on Mon, 7/15/2013 5:24 PM
Being from chicago originally I am so proud of this project! Hopefully I can follow suit in san diego!
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I don't have hiv, but I am looking for housing. I can afford to move myself. Life sidetracked me from transitioning, now I'm finding myself and looking for a friend to live with, maybe someone who could be a partner. I'm not married to my area and am looking to relocate. Find me on Facebook. My url is /michelleangelique.
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