What is Gender Diversity (and what does that mean for parents)?

Stephanie Brill of Gender Spectrum, an organization that works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens, joins The Juniper Center Thrive Live to discuss the stories and language around gender and how that impacts families and parents. Some Takeaways from Stephanie Brill of Gender Spectrum Let’s let everyone be who […]

The Juniper Center Team Community Partner at #YSGNPride Event

“We know that queer youth are at higher risk for suicide, behavioral issues, and homelessness compared to their cis-het peers, but what we also know, is what we can do to decrease these risks. Having queer specific support spaces can be LIFE SAVING!  As a clinician at The Juniper Center, I have seen, first-hand, the impact that […]

Illinois Diversity Council Presents first LGBTQ Roundtable

LGBTQIA Roundtable

The Juniper Center Founder and Director, Dr. Margo Jacquot, and Molly Deslandes, Postdoctoral Fellow, slated to speak. The Illinois Diversity Council (ILDC) is partnering with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce to present the 1st annual LGBTQIA Roundtable. The half-day program takes place on Thursday June 14 from 8 am to noon. The location is the […]

Margo Jacquot Advice for LGBTQ Parent in Tribune

  (photo credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images–this photo appears with the original story on ChicagoTribune.com.)   Chicago Tribune writer Bill Daley tapped The Juniper Center Founder and Director, Dr. Margo Jacquot, for his article in the Chicago Tribune’s online Lfestyle Section, on “Tips for LGBTQ Parents. Jacquot shared insights on how to listen, how parents can keep […]

Transgender kids: Is my child just going through a phase?

  Many parents come into my office asking if their child is identifying as transgender because it seems to be a popular trend.  People believe that their child’s gender identity issues are just a phase and they often blame the media attention around this topic.  With Caitlyn Jenner making headlines and Jazz Jennings (a young […]

5 Ways to Help Your Child who is Being Bullied

With special tips for LGBTQ Parents As kids return to school, some kids will be billed because their parents identify as LGBTQ. We know that bullies are always on the prowl and that, sadly, many, many kids will be bullied at school. Being bullied is always painful, but when the bullying revolves around your family, […]

Gender, LGBTQ and Your Business

  It was a full house at the Sunrise Grill in Des Plaines on Friday, July 22, as current and prospective members of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce came to network, enjoy a delicious full breakfast, and hear Dr. Margo Jacquot, Psy.D., founder and director of The Juniper Center, talk and take questions on […]

Sexual Orientation, Gender Equality and the Workplace

What’s all this Gender Business? And, what does it have to do with my business? A discussion about the LGBTQ communities and business in Park Ridge Friday, July 22 8:30-9:45 am Sunrise Grill 1930 E. Touhy Ave. Des Plaines, IL   From bathrooms to fitting rooms; laws to employer’s rights, the changes in how sexual orientation […]

Gendernauts Youth Transgender Support Group Expands to Beverly

Photo: Bonn Wade, who is a licensed clinical social worker, consultant, trainer and psychotherapist with Chicago Counseling Associates & Beverly Therapists, will lead the group. Photo Pidgeon Pagonis. Carrie Maxwell of the Windy City Times announced the expansion of the Gendernauts program to the Beverly community, located on the far south side of Chicago. “In […]

October 11 is National Coming Out Day

By Dr. Melisa B. Bailey, PsyD   The Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day celebrates coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. Oct. 11, 2015, marks the 27th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. According to a 2013 NHIS study, 2.3% of the US population self-identified as gay, lesbian or […]