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THE CWHC UPDATE is a twice-monthly bulletin that includes info on CWHC events and take-action items.

In This Update
  • - Run for Reproductive Justice with CWHC
    - 5th Annual Give Your Choice a Voice
    - Jubi Dutcher Receives Trans Activist Award
    - Ain't No Mountain High Enough for Lekeesha Harris
    - Qmunity: LGBTQAI College Summit

Run for Reproductive
Justice with CWHC

Support CWHC’s mission to provide accessible, compassionate, and affirming health care by running a refreshing 32 miles with CWHC! CWHC currently has eight reserved spots for the 2015 Chicago Marathon, and we want you to join our team!

By enrolling with a non-profit organization, runners avoid the stress and uncertainty of the marathon lottery system and can proudly represent with each stride.


CWHC asks that each team member support the Health Center by fundraising prior to the race. All proceeds go directly to supporting CWHC’s work. The race will be taking place on Sunday, October 11, 2015.


The registration deadline is approaching Tuesday, April 21. Sign up today by contacting Keesha Harris and Scout Bratt at

5th Annual Give
Your Choice a Voice

Let your voice be heard and give back to the CWHC community at the 5th annual Give Your Choice a Voice event on April 23rd! Give Your Choice a Voice is hosted by Chicago National Organization for Women (CNOW), a grassroots organization that strives to advance gender equality in Chicago. The event will explore topics related to choice including abortion, contraception, fertility, adoption, agency, gender identity, transitioning, and more.If you're interested in joining as an activist, artist, musician, poet, storyteller, essayist, comedian or performer email


CWHC is honored to be receiving proceeds from 2015’s Give Your Choice a Voice conference! Support the Health Center and join the movement for reproductive choice and gender equality today!


When: Thursday, April 23rd at 7pm

Where: Heartland Café, 7000 N. Glenwood Avenue

Jubi Dutcher Receives
Trans Activist Award

Chicago Women’s Health Center is thrilled to announce Jubi Dutcher, the coordinator of CWHC’s Trans Greater Access Project (TGAP), has received the Trans 100 award for exemplary activism and leadership in the trans community! Each year, 100 activists and leaders throughout the United States are recognized for their outstanding work by and for the trans community at this annual event.


Jubi is committed to creating safe and affirming spaces for trans identified and gender variant people in a variety of settings. As coordinator of CWHC’s TGAP program, Jubi helps facilitate the empowerment of trans people in a health care setting through a trans informed model of care. Outside of CWHC, Jubi presides as a Priest and co-founder of the Oratory of Jesus Christ Reconciler, creating an inclusive and affirming spiritual community for LGBTQIA people. Prior to her work at CWHC, Jubi was on the board of Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA), an organizing group that focused on advancing trans rights and education. As a member of IGA, Jubi expanded the visibility of trans identities and the telling of multiple trans stories in the media by hosting IGA Today, a cable access television show that covered topics about trans identities and experiences. Jubi has also participated in Chicago Trans Association.


Jubi’s enduring commitment to fighting for trans rights makes her an ideal candidate for the Trans 100 award. Her passion energizes the CWHC community, and we are so proud to have her as a member of our staff and pleased that she received well deserved recognition for her all of her incredible work!

Address: 1025 W. Sunnyside
Chicago, IL 60640 (map)

Hours: Open daily,
9A - 4P, by appointment

Phone: 773.935.6126

Ain’t No Moutain High Enough for Lakeesha Harris

CWHC’s Health Educator Keesha Harris is at it again! First, she conquered a marathon, then a triathlon, now she is off to climb a mountain. Please join CWHC in supporting Keesha’s campaign. Keesha’s climb symbolizes a personal accomplishment, an act of healing, and will be a sign of solidarity:


“My whole life I've witnessed women moving mountains for their families, communities and the planet earth. These women, my elders and sisters, have provided countless amounts of meals, safe spaces to live and heal, as well as numerous hours of health and human services. Many of them serving solely on faith and determination. I'm with you.”


Keesha will be donating proceeds to Chicago Women’s Health Center, Women With A Vision in New Orleans, and a women’s health organization in Tanzania. Support Keesha’s climb by donating here today.

Qmunity: LGBTQAI College Summit

This April Loyola University will be hosting a free one day conference about gender and sexuality. Form community through workshops, entertainment, lectures, activities and more!

Qmunity is geared toward youth and is open to community members, Loyola students, faculty, staff, and advocates. All are welcome to present and participate in the day’s events. For a detailed description of the day’s events click here.


Questions about the day’s events can be forwarded to Eliot Colin at


When: Friday, April 10th,
7- 9pm

Where: Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan Road

Cost: Free. Register here to attend.