Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Self-Care: A Safer Space Discussion

At some point, we all have to care for ourselves. That's not already not easy, and it can be even harder to know when we have to do it. What is the role of self-care in your life? When do you do it? What are your feelings related to it?



Wednesday, July 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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Self Advocacy: A Safer Space Discussion

For better or for worse, we are often called upon to stand up for ourselves in a variety of different ways. This can be stressful, but it can also be empowering. How do you advocate for yourself? How is it important to your emotional experience? How does it affect your interactions with others and yourself?

Wednesday, July 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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Renovations: A Safer Space Discussion

We often frequently process and talk about how we first came out to ourselves. But what about the changes and developments that come after that? Sometimes we simply don't have a space for that, and sometimes we even have to pretend were more certain than we were for fear of being dismissed. So what changes have happened since you came out to yourself? Have they all been improvements? What advice would you have for past versions of yourself?

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.

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!

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