Nurse MJ Hanlon prepares a blood pressure monitor at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Hanlon is trans and said she doesn’t feel safe traveling to many states around Illinois.

Providers Say Illinois Set to Become Haven for Gender-Affirming Care

As states around the Midwest consider and pass policies restricting access to gender-affirming care and the rights of transgender individuals, many say Illinois is moving towards becoming a haven for gender-affirming healthcare and trans rights in general. 

Some trans people say it already is one. 

Michelle Hanlon, a nurse at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and trans woman, said she’s had to turn down work opportunities because not every state has the same protections for the trans community as Illinois.