A former AIDS hospice in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood will open its doors as a home for the transgendered.
non-profit Chicago House is opening the TransLife Center near Loyola
University Monday in an effort to reduce transgendered homelessness and provide a discrimination-free space. The Rev. Stan Sloan,
CEO of the Chicago House, said the facility's exact location is being
kept under wraps in order to protect those living at the center, reported
The first-of-its kind center will offer bedrooms for up to nine people at a time and provide medical, housing and job supports.
Sloan says the center "is a big step to becoming more
accepting", adding that homeless shelters sometimes discriminate against
transgender people when their ID or birth certificate does not match
their current identity or appearance.