Friday, September 19, 2014

Connecting the “T” to GLBT - A Trans 101 with Nikk Selik

Our friends at Mancave (a trans-masculine discussion group that also meets at the Center on Halsted) are putting on a Trans 101 — one actually lead by a trans person! As it's a introduction, please invite friends, family, potential allies, anyone who'd benefit from an overview.

The “T” is not silent.

Identifying as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual does not automatically make someone an Ally for those who are Transgender. Believe it or not, Transgender people can face ignorance or misunderstanding even from those who are Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual. As a community, our strength is our connection to each other. When there is a gap between the "GLB" and "T", our community is impacted as a whole...

The good news is that we can, together, bridge that gap. Knowledge is the most powerful tool we have to build connections.

Join Nikk Selik in this engaging workshop and discussion on Transgender identity.

7:00 pm Friday October 24th
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion Today

What's on your mind this week? Let's chat about it!

Wednesday, September 17th, 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!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Names: A Safer Space Discussion

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Alter them, replace them, just make do, how have you related to the various names you've had, or might've?

Wednesday, September 10, 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!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clothes Swap Tomorrow!

The Summer Clothes Swap is tomorrow! See the earlier post for more details.

Sunday, August 24th
2 pm - 5 pm
Center on Halsted Third Floor
3656 N. Halsted St.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Age & Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

"I'm of the opinion that boy, man, girl, and woman are four distinct genders. Hey, I also call myself a 64 year old manand a 26 year old young woman, because that's a true statement from so many angles. But even if you disagree with me, you've got to acknowledge that systemic ageism is overwhelming each and every one of us with its rules about gender and gender expression. Men don't wear dresses. Women don't have moustaches. Boys will be boys. Girls just want to be Disney princesses. — that's just a few of them. Age is built-in to our perception and performance of gender." - Kate Bornstein

It's a common trope that genderqueer people are young; while there's been more access to terms and resources for people growing up lately, it's also an ageist way of diminishing identities and implying that we'll "grow out of it". How does your age impact your gender presentation? Has your gender changed at all throughout the years? Has your age taught you anything about gender, or has your gender(s) taught you anything about age?

Wednesday, August 20, 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!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Queer Clothing Swap August 24th!

Join Genderqueer Chicago, the Center on Halsted, Man Cave, and others for a clothing swap!

Sunday, August 24th
2 pm - 5 pm
Center on Halsted Third Floor
3656 N. Halsted St.


Bring the cool clothes that you still never wore all summer and the warm ones that won't suit you this fall and winter. Anything left over at the end will be donated, most likely to The Brown Elephant. No one will be turned away for not bringing donations. Please do not bring t-shirts, undergarments, or stained items.

Changing space will be limited, so it's best to wear things that make it easy to try on new clothes.

This will be a public event, but it is particularly for the trans* and gender-variant community to feel safe while bringing our wardrobes more in line with our identities. Everyone is welcome, but please keep the focus in mind when inviting others. Please do invite others!

We also still need some volunteers to help out with the event, doing things like setting up/taking down tables and sorting clothes as they arrive. We'd need you to show up an hour before the event and/or stay an hour after. If you can help out, please email genderqueerchicago+swap@gmail.com and let us know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Role Models: a safer space discussion

Who have you looked up to along the way? How have you been inspired or disappointed by them? Do you have any role models today, or are you just trying to be your own best example?

Wednesday, August 13, 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, July 30, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion Today

Apologies for late notice! Bring whatever issues you've been pondering.

Wednesday, July 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!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Body Image: A Safer Space Discussion

Where does dysphoria end and the insecurities society pushes onto everyone begin, and how do you cope with both when they join forces?

Wednesday, July 23, 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!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yet Another Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

What's on your mind?

Wednesday, July 16, 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!

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