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Prairie Pride Coalition establishes Gender Expansive Resource Center

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Prairie Pride Coalition (PPC) has introduced a new Gender Expansive Resource Center.

The new service provides free gender affirming garments to transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender binary people in need.

“The Board has a passion for developing resources that serve the entire LGBTQIA community, and our goal with this program is to make it easier for people to access gender affirming garments free of charge and help them express their gender identity”, said Keith Julian, vice president of PPC. “It is an honor for us to be part of something that empowers and encourages others to be their authentic selves.”

This was a community initiative that took input from people with various backgrounds, expertise, and identities/allies within the LGBTQ community. PPC is partnering with Unitarian Universalist Church where applicants may schedule an appointment to try on the garments in person instead of having them shipped.

“We know that religious spaces haven’t always been welcoming places for all people, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. Our Unitarian Universalist faith strives for radical welcoming as a spiritual practice. To us, being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences,” said Terina Carter with Unitarian Universalist Church. “We hope that by partnering with Prairie Pride on the Gender Expansive Resource Center and making our space available for items to be seen and picked up in person, we can help make our community be a little more welcoming” she added.

Residents of Livingston, McLean, and Dewitt counties may apply to the Gender Expansive Resource Center by completing an application online. A link to the application will be shared on PPC’s Facebook Page and website.

Additionally, PPC contacted local establishments listed in their 25th Anniversary Business & Resource Directory and offered to provide free all-gender and handicap accessible restroom signage. So far, they’ve purchased signage for all 22 local establishments who responded with a need.

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