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Bloom-n-Boom to raise funds for Chicago Women's Health Center
From a news release
2012-03-27

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CHICAGO (March 26, 2012) -- With spring officially here to stay, Subject to Change will host Bloom-n-Boom at The Burlington, 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood on Wednesday, April 4. The event celebrates the early blooming springtime and the ongoing blooming of trans folks with the Chicago Women's Health Center's Trans Greater Access Project (TGAP), which promotes trans-affirming healthcare. The program further provides hormone therapy, trans-sensitive gynecological exams and counseling, among other services.

The party will begin at 9 p.m. with DJ sets from Josie Bush, Miss Summer Clearance, and Panakin Skywalker. There will be a $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away. Zines will also be available for an additional pay-what-you-can donation.

All genders, identities and sexualities are celebrated -- partygoers are urged to come as they are!

Subject to Change is also seeking submissions for our companion zine from folks who have used the TGAP program, as well as folks who have trans health and affirming related work they wish to share. The collective will accept all varieties of printable work including: prose, essays, photography, drawings, comics, poetry, etc. Artists may submit their work for consideration to subjecttochangezine@gmail.com no later than Sunday, April 1.

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Subject to Change aims to create a space of "no shame" when it comes to the music they enjoy and the people they love and care about -- family (both blood and chosen) and our community via the events and publications they produce. They hope to generate positive energy within the community and channel that energy to support the many organizations working to make this city a better place for queer folks. The collective was formed in late 2011.

The Chicago Women's Health Center works together to provide women and trans people access to gynecological health care, alternative insemination, health education, counseling services, acupuncture and massage in a respectful environment where clients pay what they can afford.

CWHC provides care and services that people in Chicago need, but often cannot find anywhere else. Since they opened their doors in 1975, CWHC's programs have been shaped by their clients' needs for accessible, high quality health care. They provide services to more than 6,000 clients through our programs annually.

CWHC recognizes the ways in which gender oppression and prejudice in our society inhibit access to respectful health care. As society continues to evolve, they remain committed to reexamining the spectrum of such oppressions to serve the present needs of our community. As LGBTQ people and allies ourselves, they understand the difficulties trans-identified people may face when seeking medical care.

The Trans Greater Access Project (TGAP) is an agency-wide initiative of the CWHC focused on increasing access to affirming health services for trans-identified individuals. Through collaboration with community partners and clients, they provide services that are trans-positive and informed by trans people.


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