The 21st Show

Pediatrics For Transgender Kids; ‘Pay What You Can’ Yoga Studio; Illinois Politics


Abby Parmelee, doing hair and makeup for a play at Richwoods High School in Peoria. Cass Herrington/Illinois Public Media

On the 21st: We recap the latest in Illinois politics with WBEZ's Dave McKinney and Natasha Korecki with Politico. Plus, what does it look like to operate a business where customers can pay whatever they want? But first, we heard from a transgender teen about what it was like to come out to her entire school, and what effective pediatric care looks like for trans youth.  

A transgender teen from Peoria shares her story, including opening up about her gender identity in front of her entire school. 

We discuss the challenges of being young and transgender, including finding a pediatrician. 

We talked with Abby Parmelee, 18-year old transgender woman from Peoria and Dr. Lisa Simons, physician of adolescent medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.


Alaina Hampton says in a lawsuit that House Speaker Mike Madigan sabotaged her career for accusing one of his campaign aides of sexual harassment. Last week a federal judge heard her case. Her lawyer, Shelly Kulwin on ABC7 Chicago, spoke with us today about the case.

We also heard about some of the biggest stories in state politics from the past week.


A Peoria yoga studio is making their practice more accessible by letting people pay whatever amount they can. They say it helps subsidize classes for those who can’t afford it. We talked with yoga trainer Aaron Dickerson and the owner of SoulSide Healing Arts yoga studio, Hannah Ramlo.

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