In a special bonus episode release to help bring awareness to September’s National Suicide Prevention Month, Laura and Sara are in conversation with Iggy Ladden, therapist and co founder of the Chicago Therapy Collective. CTC mobilizes to create safe, just, and inclusive Chicago neighborhoods for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (T/GNC) individuals and communities. Their exhibit, “Trans Art Is” can be viewed through September 30 at the Andersonville Galleria located at 5247 N. Clark.
“We need to create a culture of learning, that is compassionate and patient and open-minded and open-hearted.”
Listen to BONUS Episode 2 with Iggy Ladden!
Here are some references from BONUS Episode 2 that you may want to check out:
- Iggy uses They/Them pronouns and grew up in Philadelphia with parents that were both in the mental health profession.
- Their father was a great influence as a systems centered therapist.
- Iggy discovered they wanted to go into therapy when living in Boulder, CO and studied at Naropa University. They moved to Chicago to then study social work at University of Chicago.
- Iggy speaks to the terminology: Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) and Cis Gender. Iggy defines these terms for us on the episode and also speaks to becoming a Trans Ally.
“Pronouns are unexpectedly very important and so much of our social actions are mediated by gender.”
– Iggy Ladden
- Chicago Therapy Collective mobilizes to create safer neighbors for the Trans community. Learn about the mission here.
- CTC initiatives include education and outreach as well as creating social spaces. Trainings include Trans and GNC individuals leading the sessions.
- Laura reports a startling statistic that 40% of Trans individuals have attempted suicide. Iggy’s biggest advice the Andersonville community-at-large and beyond is to Listen. If you or someone who you know is struggling, and you feel that you or someone else may be at risk for suicide, please see resources listed below.
- Andersonville is home to some of the most trans-affirming businesses, according to Iggy.
“Andersonville is home to some of the most Trans-affirming therapists right here in Chicago.”
- Trans Art Is… is currently on display at the Andersonville Galleria through the end of September. The closing event will happen on September 30 on the 3rd floor in the Artist Loft. The show features the artwork of 12 individuals who identify as Trans or GNC. This show has been part of a Trans-Inclusive Andersonville campaign to allow the neighborhood residents and business owners to familiarize themselves with the community and create an disarming space. Learn about the campaign here.
- CTC is hosting a training on November 2 for Health, Wellness & Beauty businesses in Andersonville. Register here.
- Trans Experience Survey can be found on the CTC website
- The main goal for CTC in 2019 is launching a pilot program on Trans-Inclusiveness, starting with Andersonville, and aming to make this neighborhood the most Trans-inclusive neighborhood in the city of Chicago.
- Iggy would choose to switch places with Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark) but Early to Bed (5044 N. Clark) comes in at a close second!
Suicide prevention resources:
Trevor Project Lifeline: (24/7, 365 days a year) 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBT National Hotline:1-888-843-4564
Support hotline and huge resource referral network
TGNC + LGBTQ Affirming Therapist
If you need help finding an affirming therapist, feel free to reach out to Chicago Therapy Collective at Info@ChicagoTherapyCollective.org to request a referral.