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For Immediate Release

Leslie Schreiber
Winger Marketing

April 22, 2010

CHICAGO, IL— Howard Brown Health Center announced today that it has revised the way it assists transgender clients to access hormones.

Rather than serving as a “gatekeeper” to hormone therapy or requiring clients to demonstrate suitability for hormones through therapy, Howard Brown’s newly created THInC (Trans Hormone Informed Consent) Protocol empowers clients to make choices for themselves about their lives and their transitions. 

An interdisciplinary team at Howard Brown developed the informed consent model after researching hormone replacement protocols in the US and Canada.  THInC provides clients with in-depth information about the effects of hormones, and ensures that clients understand the information and are able to grant informed consent for a hormone prescription.

“Other providers follow various standards of care”, stated Lois Bates, Transgender Health Advocate at Howard Brown.  “At Howard Brown, we’ve chosen to develop our protocol for accessing hormones based on the needs and requests of our local trans community, and on what we believe to be the highest and most respectful quality of care we can provide.”

The THInC Protocol went into effect at Howard Brown on April 5, 2010.  The agency has posted a brochure on its web site ( which describes THInC, as well as a list of FAQs about accessing hormones at Howard Brown.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Howard Brown Health Center at (773) 388-1600, or by visiting
Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) healthcare organizations.  Through a wide array of health, wellness, social service and research programs, Howard Brown cares for more than 36,000 adult and youth clients annually.  For more information about Howard Brown, please visit