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Announcing!

 
 
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upswing 2019 spring gala

Join Us Saturday May 11 at 7PM at the Preston Bradley Center in Uptown to celebrate an evening of all that blossoms!

FEATURING:

The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), NAXÖ, Kamrah Raqs, DJ KidzBop and more to come!

MANY THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS:

Howard Brown Health, Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center, Jameson Loves Danger, ABAC NJ, and Praxis Chicago.

ACCESSABILITY:

The Preston Bradley Center is accessible by car, and a couple blocks off of the Lawrence Red Line. The building and event space is wheelchair accessible. A quiet area will be abailable outside the main event space. Sliding scale gala ticket options are available! Please let us know if there are any other accessability accomodations we can help meet. Email us at upswingadvocates@gmail.com

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FREE TRAININGS FOR
MEDICAL STUDENTS

Upswing Advocates offers FREE trainings for medical students on providing transgender-affirming care.

These two day intensive trainings are available to students serving rural and under-served areas, and cover knowledge acquisition, best practice learning, and practice opportunities to build skills that allow them to serve transgender clients.

Many medical trainees share that learning about transgender care is important and that education in gender-confirming surgery would be beneficial (Dy et al., 2016; Morrison et al. 2016). However, exposure to transgender patient care currently is limited to a median of 1 hour of didactics exposure and 2 hours of clinical exposure annually during plastic surgery or urology residencies (Morrison et al., 2017).

Education on transgender medical care has been shown to increase provider comfort and willingness to care for transgender patients (Safer & Pearce, 2013). Because of this, we believe that educating medical professionals and equipping them to provide transgender-affirming care is a project that at its core addresses the root problem of lack of access to transgender-affirming care and will have a powerful and far-reaching impact. 

Please contact worner@upswingadvocates.org if your university is interested in hosting one of our 10 available trainings. 

We are grateful for the Lush Charity Pot grant and the generous support of our donors for making these trainings possible. 

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NEW RESOURCES

Accessing affirming health care can sometimes be challenging and overwhelming. It may be helpful to prepare for self-advocacy ahead of time, or to bring an advocate with you to reduce stress, provide a sounding board, and keep track of important information from your provider.

Check out our resources page for checklists for self advocacy and for peer or patient advocacy, as well as worksheets that can guide preparation for a visit with a medical provider.

Additionally, check out the links to several wonderful organizations who are also creating and compiling resources that allow us all to better access affirming care.

Research and education to support LGBTQIA people in Chicago and beyond.

our Mission

To use a self-as-expert approach to research and education that strengthens and supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

OUR VISION

We envision freely available and affordable treatments and services that are tailored to the LGBTQIA community that are empirically supported by data-based, community-informed research.

our COMMUNITY

As a data-driven organization, we collaborate and work directly with LGBTQIA individuals and focus groups. We aim to identify research needs and shape research methodology in a way that will be workable and meaningful for all participants, while remaining rooted in ethical scientific practice. We also offer data-based, community-informed trainings to help professionals who are interested in building their competence in working with people who are LGBTQIA.

Our core values are community-driven.

Self-determination: We believe that all people deserve respect, and the freedom to make their own choices and focus on what is most valuable to them. Each person has the right to define their gender, sexuality, and other identities in whatever ways they choose.

Non-hierarchical work: Rather than a more traditional model of "experts" shaping research and trainings, our focus is on creating collaborative relationships with emphasis on shared experiences and strengths.

Workability: We strive to do what makes practical sense. If a strategy stops working, or doesn't work in a particular context, we seek out new options to determine what works best in a given situation, and continue to evaluate progress over time.

Empowering the LGBTQIA community: We seek out direct involvement and feedback from LGBTQIA individuals in our organization's activities and leadership so the research we conduct and the education we provide is by us, for us. In addition, no one will be turned away from educational services because of an inability to pay.

Meet the Crew

 
 

Upcoming Events

 

 

Resources

 
 

Medical care self-advocacy

UPSWING RESOURCES

TRANSGENDER HEALTH CARE ADVOCACY CHECKLIST

BEING A TRANS-AFFIRMING PATIENT ADVOCATE

MY APPOINTMENT - TRANSITION RELATED CARE

MY APPOINTMENT - PRIMARY CARE

These Checklists and Worksheets are a work in progress. See something missing, or have suggestions for updates? Please let us know. Last updated April 2019.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TRANSGENDER HEALTH

NATIONAL LGBT HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER

NCTE HEALTHCARE ACTION CENTER

RAD REMEDY STANDARDS OF CARE

 
 

Financial Information

Your ongoing generous support allows us to do the work that we do.

From conducting research that affirms and benefits the trans community, to providing access to coaching services on a sliding scale, your support has made it possible for us to build infrastructure and meet the unique needs of the community, including training for helping professionals on providing TGQI affirming care. You can read about the work that we do in our annual reports documents, below.

 

2016 ANNUAL REPORT