Phoenix Center to hold Transgender 101 class

SPRINGFIELD — The Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center for central Illinois, will  hold a Transgender 101 class series for those wanting to be supportive of transgender friends and family. From the Facebook event:
This class has been created for all of those people who call and want to learn more about being transgender. They might have a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor or friend who identifies as transgender and they want to better be able to support and be an ally. The training will include terminology, a discussion of social and medical transitioning, and ideas of what you can do to make your environment (home, work, school, business) more LGBT inclusive. MT Vann Room at The Phoenix Center
Parking behind the building or across the street in the church parking lot.

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect:

The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories:

Living with HIV and not an injection drug user
Living with HIV and an injection drug user
HIV negative and not an injection drug user
HIV negative and an injection drug user

Participants have to complete a survey, do an HIV test (unless you already know that you are HIV-positive), submit a urine sample and have 2 oral swabs done. There is compensation for your time. Interested participants can contact Ruth Ann Bertram at the Phoenix Center to set up a date and time or come in on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon.