Sunday, June 19, 2016

Social Anxiety: A Safer Space Discussion

Social anxiety is an issue that most of us deal with in one form or another. For this Wednesday, June 22nd, we're discussing how the state of being gender variant in our current society informs and affects social anxiety, and everything surrounding that. This includes coping mechanisms, individual experiences, and anything else that's applicable.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 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!
 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Open Topic

In light or recent events we are offering an open topic for Wednesday, June 15th to allow the Genderqueer Chicago community to process together. If we decide as a group that having some direction and distraction is preferable, then the intended topic for today was "Queer Takeover" where we would discuss ideas for businesses unrelated to gender and trans issues where every major decision is decided by trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks. This is a reminder that Genderqueer Chicago has resources to be a discussion space and does not have as many resources to be a support group. We do understand that all queer spaces will be a space for support especially at this moment in history.
Wednesday, June 15th, 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!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Genderqueer Clothing Swap

This Wednesday, instead of a topic, we will host the Genderqueer Clothing Swap at the regular meeting time (7:00-8:15) at the Center where you can bring your clothes and look or simply select from the pile. We'll be donating leftover clothes to the Brown Elephant as well.
The same day, the Center will also be hosting a Trans Inclusive Ice Cream Social from 6:00-8:00.

Wednesday, June 8th, 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!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dating while Genderqueer: A Safer Space Discussion

Navigating the dating scene is hard, whether you're being set up, dating online, or something else. But dating as a trans person, especially off the binary, can be even more difficult. So let's all get together and share our experience with this beast.

Wednesday, June 1st, 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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Photographs: A Safer Space Discussion

Selfie culture is kind of neat because it puts the subject of the picture in control of if and how they want to be seen. Part of promoting the visibility of the genderqueer and nonbinary community is negotiating how we feel about us being... well, visible. 
This coming meeting we plan on sharing our thoughts about:
  • older existing photos
  • how context affects how we feel about being in pictures
  • being photographed versus selfies
Also, we are planning on having more events outside the Center on Halsted. We have the Vegas Rule for inside the Center, we should talk about what kind of policy we would like regarding taking pictures at outside events and how to affirm consent or not. 

-Reynard

Wednesday, May 25, 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!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Taking the lead: A Safer Space Discussion

Sometimes, in order to accomplish our goals, we must take the lead. Taking the lead can take many forms and there are subtle and not so subtle ways to do so. What ways do you lead other towards treating you correctly, become a role model to your respective community members, lead spaces into safer discourse, etc? What does taking lead look like to you?

Wednesday,May 18th, 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

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

After two weeks of discussing how to make the group function better, it's time for us to get back to discussions about other things. What was requested last week was more open topics. So this week, OPEN TOPIC! We can talk about anything on anyone's mind. It might be heavy, it might be fun, but it will definitely shift a lot. Come by and speak your mind.


Wednesday,May 11th, 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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Group Check-in Pt. 2: A Safer Space Discussion

Every few months, we like to check in on the group to see what's working and what's not. Are there things that you'd like to see the moderators do in the future? Are there any topics that you'd like us to do? We want to serve the group as best we can and this meeting we can come together to assess our needs and aspirations for the group as a unit. 

Wednesday, May 5th, 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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What I'm Not: A Safer Space Discussion

One of Genderqueer Chicago's goals is promotion of visibility for genderqueer and nonbinary people. This is complicated because the labels mean different things for different people. Tonight we'll try to clarify what that could mean for us individually by using process of elimination to at least figure out what we aren't.


Wednesday, April 13th, 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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

It's time we heard from the members of our group! This topic is open for anyone, can go in any direction, can be heavy or light or somewhere in the middle. Bring your best ideas tonight!



Wednesday, April 6th, 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

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