The 21st Show

What does gender-affirming care for adults actually involve?

Pride flags displayed during the 2022 festival in Urbana.

Pride flags displayed during the 2022 festival in Urbana. Sydney Wood/Illinois Public Media

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Last week, The 21st Show unpacked gender-affirming care for trans youth, we were joined by doctors, experts, and young trans people to - what it is, what it isn’t, and what difference it can make. However, a handful of states, such as Missouri and Florida, have tried to go further in banning gender-affirming care for trans adults. As we tried to shed light on what gender-affirming care for trans youth can look like, today we’re going to spend our program unpacking what it can look like for adults.


Dr. Diane Alexander (she/her)

Psychologist in C-U, trans woman

MJ Hanlon (she/her)

Registered Nurse, Champaign Urbana Public Health District

Gauge Miller (he/him)

Board Member with Vermilion County Pride Coalition

Dr. Christopher Veal (he/him)

Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Carle Foundation Hospital

alithia zamantakis (she/her)

Postdoctoral fellow in LGBT Health, Northwestern University