Mission

Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) promotes city-wide accountability and action to alleviate LGBTQIA health disparities and advance our collective health and wellbeing through education, therapy, advocacy and the arts.

Trans-Inclusive Chicago

Our flagship campaign, Trans-Inclusive Chicago, focuses on uplifting Trans communities and challenges Chicago organizations to Get Trained, Get Feedback and Hire Trans Now. Additionally, we invite Chicagoans to join us for our Trans Art Is performance nights and art exhibitions, which celebrate local Trans artists and their vital role in cultural change.

Learn more about our initiatives to eradicate Trans communities’ health disparities.

A Local Approach

Trans-Inclusive Chicago aims to be neighborhood focused and partnership oriented to effect local change. 

As an Andersonville based nonprofit, we work to collaborate with our Edgewater, Uptown and Rogers Park QTBIPOC community members and allies who live, work, and visit Andersonville. We work to foster intersectional Trans-Inclusion in Andersonville. We invite our supporters living, working and frequenting other neighborhoods to spark similar collaborations in their neighborhoods.

At the neighborhood level, we curate highly individualized opportunities for:

(1) neighbors and businesses to deepen their awareness, understanding, and investment in T/GNC people, especially QTPOC, already in their lives;

(2) for allies to center, celebrate, and compensate T/GNC people at the local level; and 

(3) for communities, businesses, and individuals to move toward increased engagement and capacity for inclusivity through improved knowledge, empathy, and practical skills–to everyone’s benefit!

Our Philosphy

CTC’s mission is rooted in the intimate awareness apparent in therapy and other disciplines that the mental health struggles of LGBTQIA people, especially QTBIPOC (Queer Trans Black Indigenous People of Color), are the result of systemic, intersecting injustices that need attention beyond the therapy room and within the relationships, organizations and communities to which those QTBIPOC community members belong.

Complex systemic struggles such as the ones QTBIPOC community memebers experience require multi-faceted interdisciplinary interventions and widespread support. Through therapy, training, activism and the arts, CTC strives to provide a creative path forward for improving minority mental health.

Since 2018, CTC has produced numerous art exhibitions, performance and storytelling nights, direct action and advocacy events, and tailored training and consultations that center the leadership and lived experiences of QTBIPOC community members. To inspire collective, cross-community engagement and action, CTC encourages neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to join the Collective and support collective efforts in building a more safe, just and inclusive Chicago for QTBIPOC communities.

 

Cross-Community Collaboration

Do you or your organization have a mobilization or an idea for a mobilization that supports minority mental health in your community? Let’s talk about partnership! We are here for both one-time and ongoing partnerships that foster minority mental health and wellbeing and across communities. Contact [email protected]

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