Shattering Transgender Stereotypes: Personal Stories Of Transition | WGLT

Shattering Transgender Stereotypes: Personal Stories Of Transition

More and more transgendered people are speaking out about their experiences. Pop culture is reflecting this trend, with trans individuals gaining major roles in popular or highly-acclaimed TV series. Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox is appearing at Illinois State University this month (Feb. 2015), after becoming the first trans individual to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine. And Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor won a Golden Globe award for his performance. This GLT News Series examines the lives of three transgender citizens in central Illinois.

Courtesy of Jordan Becker

Bloomington resident Jordan Becker joined the Army National Guard in 2008 as Jordan Elizabeth Becker, a woman. In 2014, he dropped Elizabeth from his name, began hormone therapy and underwent surgery to become a man.

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hosptial

Local advocates are raising funds to open a clinic in Bloomington-Normal that will address the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

It would be the first such clinic in central Illinois.  

One model might be the Ann and Robert H. Lurie (LURE-ee) Children's Hospital in Chicago. The hospital has what is considered  one of the most comprehensive clinics in the state for treating health issues involving gender and sexuality.

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Transgender or transexual individuals--people who seek to change their gender--are becoming more visible and more vocal. Earlier this month, it was revealed former male Olympian athlete Bruce Jenner is transitioning to female. Transgender actress Laverne Cox of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," appeared last year on the the cover of Time magazine.

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Many transgender individuals--people who seek to change their gender--once felt compelled to live largely secret lives. Buoyed by the strides the gay community has made in recent decades, transgender people are increasingly speaking out.