Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

What do you want to talk about? What questions do you want the group to address?

Wednesday, July 1, 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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ableism: A Safer Space Discussion

There's a problem with safe space in the LGBTQIA community: a lot of them aren't accessible. And when we try to express our needs, when we ask for accommodations so that we can share our unique voices with the rest of the LGBTQIA community, we're told that we're entitled- so the question is, how much do our voices really matter? In what other ways are disabled people silenced? What is a safe space, really, and who is welcome there?

This topic deals with the voices of physically disabled members of the trans and wider LGBTQIA community. It is part of an ongoing discussion about intersectionality.

Wednesday, June 17, 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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Playfulness: A Safer Space Discussion

Everyone agrees that gender is a very serious thing, but as actual people who actually have to live our lives, we can't be serious all the time. What role does playfulness have in our expression, our advocacy, our identities, and our lives? Is there anything that we shouldn't or can't be playful about? What are ways to be playful, and what is its value?

Wednesday, June 17, 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, June 9, 2015

Neurodivergence and Mental Health: A Safer Space Discussion

One of the many stressful parts of dealing with gender is dealing with people who believe that our genders are mental disorders. So what do we do when our brains really do work differently than the social prototype? How do neurodivergent and gender-variant experiences reinforce or conflict with each other? And as always, how do we make an environment that is healthy and open to those experiences?

Wednesday, June 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!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Race: A Safer Space Discussion

People of color come in all shades and from all backgrounds. Our myriad cultural narratives shape the America that we know today. Although we contribute so much to American culture, our issues often go dismissed, our communities needs unfulfilled and our stories untold. But what happens when you're a queer person of color in America? Are your needs fulfilled even less? What about being trans and a person of color? Is your existence even acknowledged? How do you cope with a culture that does everything in it's power to work against your self actualization? How are you able to find community when you're told you have none?

Wednesday's topic will be part of an ongoing discussion about race, queerness and transness.


Wednesday, May 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!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Comedy: A Safer Space Discussion

Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight! At the end of the day, gender, and the way people treat it in the world we live in are absurd. The consequences of this are often tragic, but just as often, they're completely hilarious, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge that. Let's get together, make a space, and talk about some of the times we've gotten to laugh at the bizarre world of gender and living within or without it.

Wednesday, May 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!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Transmisogyny: A Safer Space Discussion

Transmisogyny is the intersection of transphobia and misogyny.  It was coined by Julia Serano in the 2007 book Whipping Girl and is used to describe to the unique discrimination experienced by transwomen and transfeminine spectrum people. How is transmisogyny experienced?  How is it reproduced within the queer community? These questions and more will be discussed!


Wednesday, May 11, 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!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fashion: A Safer Space Discussion

Through the ages, fashion has changed and morphed; masculine things became feminine, feminine things became masculine. Styles shifted both subtly and drastically. Personal style can be expressed in countless ways, and so can gender. Among the most obvious ways to explore and present gender is fashion. How do you use fashion to represent your gender? How has your gender influenced your personal style? How do you use clothes to your advantage?

Wednesday, May 6, 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, April 28, 2015

Intersectionality Part 2: A Safer Space Discussion

Experience does not usually allow us to neatly divide our experiences into gender, race, disability, class, or any of the categories that we are divided into, by ourselves or others. All of them blend and blur together in all kinds of different ways, some of which are so unique to us personally that we may never feel like we have the chance to talk about them. How do your experiences intersect and interact with each other? How do you handle it?

Wednesday, April 29, 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, April 21, 2015

Intersectionality: A Safer Space Discussion

Understanding systems of oppression can only be done by accounting for the myriad ways in which individuals find themselves viewed as outsiders in our culture. Cisseexism, binarism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, racism, prejudice against non-esl speakers, queerphobia and classism amongst other forms of discrimination inform the ways in which we move through the world. This topic will be the beginning of an ongoing discussion about the ways that we can understand, account for and welcome those of us who have compounding forms of bigotry working against our quests for survival, acceptance and happiness.

Wednesday, April 22, 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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