Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Me, Myself, and I: A Safer Space discussion

Self-esteem can be really hard. Not coming from or being in a supportive environment makes it hard to develop confidence and accurately judge what makes us marginally decent  awesome. So tonight, we'll take a step back from criticizing ourselves and recognize what we have been making an effort on, how we'be directly or indirectly helped others, and what we hope to offer.

Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Heads Up: Shoes

So as a follow up to the clothing discussion, here are some websites that sell shoes gendered as feminine in harder to find sizes. All of the sizes listed are American sizes in Women's.

Alonai has shoes up to size 14, selection starts at $20, doesn't carry wide sizes

Long Tall Sallys I think Barefoot Tess is also part of them. They carry up to size 15, have some shoes in the $25-$50 range, and carry wide sizes

Payless carries super cheap shoes up to size 13, in wide. They regularly have $15 shoes, tons of sales, and I've seen it as low as $5. Not great quality, but good value if you're on a budget.

Torrid shoes run about $25, carries widespread, up to size 13. This is a good place to look for boots if you have larger calves.

Zappos carries up to size 20 ($50) but has much cheaper shoes up to size 14. They carry every width of foot, have a very specifically detailed selection options (color/design/decorative elements), and heel sizes. Definitely the biggest selection.





These last two sites have a targeted selection and seem to be more sexually oriented.

TW Cissexism, TW Drag
.
..
...
....
.....
......
.......
........
.........
..........
...........
............
.............
............
...........
..........
.........
........
.......
......
.....
....
...
..
.
Le Dame The tagline for this site is "Women's shoes in men's sizes". It was endorsed by RuPaul's drag race. They are expensive, $85+, have up to size 15, don't carry wides, and the shoes are mostly patent leather pumps. They only have a couple of styles.

Banana Shoes This is NSFW. There's lingerie and stuff for sale on this site as well. It's based in the UK, has up to US size 17, carries wides, and the cheapest price without shipping is $27.


-Co-Moderator Reynard

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dress for Success in Any Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

SMALL SCALE CLOTHING SWAP TONIGHT!!
Whatever gender we are, fashion for specific instances can be confusing. What is work appropriate? How do I go about dressing up? What cut of jeans will work best for me? How do I do this?!
Tonight, we'll help each other out while exchanging clothes. All leftover clothes will go to the Brown Elephant, proceeds to Howard Brown.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Boundaries: A Safer Space Discussion

Sometimes people can be so excited and intrigued by our identities that they forget we are people and forget their manners. Some point and stare while others ask really invasive questions. How do you set and enforce your boundaries? 

Wednesday, January 27, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mindfulness: A Safer Space Discussion

Tonight's topic is "Mindfulness".

How do you keep yourself steady and present in the heart and now? Do you have techniques that work for you? Do you feel comfortable with techniques that you currently use?

Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 

 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Presentation: A Safer Space Discussion

How we present ourselves to the world is greatly important. How do you represent your gender to the world? What does your look mean to you? How do you want the world to read you?

Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starting Fresh: A Safer Space Discussion

With New Year's behind us, we all have the opportunity to have a bit of a fresh start. Are there ways in which you see yourself growing this year? What ways have you already changed?



Wednesday, December 23rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

What do you want to talk about?  Is there anything that's happened recently that's on your mind?

Wednesday, December 30, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joy: A Safer Space Discussion

With the holiday season upon us, it feels like an appropriate time to discuss where we find joy in our lives. Life as a genderqueer or any other type of transgender person can be difficult, but we are all capable of finding joy. Do we revel in our work, our friendships, our family life? Where is joy for us?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gendered Affection: A Safer Space Discussion.

How to greet someone is deeply rooted in one's culture. Do you share hands or hug? What about kisses on the cheek? How many? The etiquette can be complex to begin with, and there are also sometimes differences based on gender. How you physically express affection can be part of your gender presentation. Come join us tonight for a discussion on how we negotiate new rules for when (and if) we let someone in our personal bubble.


Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 
 
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

We're on Twitter, too!

Website graphics and design by Andre Perez