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Chicago is now home to one of the only gender identity clinics in the country.

Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital has opened a new facility that’s the first program in the Midwest specially designed to help kids and teenagers who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

Dr. Rob Garofalo, who heads up the new center, is a physician in adolescent medicine and an Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Weinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Garofalo promotes outreach and educational strategies to reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and young adults.

From HIV prevention strategies and services to counseling for families struggling with transgender identity, the new center offers free consultations to walk-in visitors in a safe and private setting.

There are similar clinics in Boston and Los Angeles.

For more information, call (312) 227-2951.