Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunshine, Lolipops, and Rainbows: a safer space discussion


Plenty of things get us down in the dumps and this time of year is no exception. So let's have a discussion on what makes you happy, what you do to cope with the world around or what you do to retreat from it entirely. Feel free to talk, laugh, cry, and share whatever works for you in a safe and judgment free environment.

Wednesday, December 28th
7:00-8:15pm
Gerber/Hart (
1127 West Granville Avenue)

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, December 25, 2011

Overhearing gender-enforcement: holiday edition

Submitted by sometimescoherent:

So I’m over at a friends house for the xmas (even though I’m an atheist) and my friend and her parents are skypeing with her brother, who is now married and has two kids. The kids have been assigned as a “boy” and a “girl,” Elijah and Nevaeh respectively. For the most part it was just banter with kids as they were opening gifts and then I heard this: “Elijah put that down! You are not a girl!”

And it went downhill from there.

By this time my friend was sitting next to me and we both looked at each other. It became apparent that the above comment was prompted by Elijah picking up Nevaeh’s dress/shoes. This apparently is horrible. We started both loudly saying let the kid play with the dress!

Then: Mother: “Go do boy things.” Dad: “Go play with your truck.”

This prompted more shouting from us in the vein of there are no girl and boy things, play is gender neutral, etc. This went on for a bit and I left the room to go to the bathroom. I heard my friend telling her brother that I use gender-neutral pronouns and prefer “they/them.”

Then when I came back the brother (the dad of the two kids) said that they is not singular and then started trolling. At one point earlier on my friend said don’t give this side of the room an aneurysm (because of the first couple of comments). The brother asked if it was a “girl aneurysm or a boy aneurysm” with an almost audible trollface.jpg

She replied that it’s a gender-neutral thing.

(Insert even more trolling about how everything is either a boy thing or a girl thing)

It’s not like I can change much. My friend is plotting to rectify this situation with future presents… A dress up kit, science kits, and other ideas to drive the point home: DON’T FUCKING GENDER POLICE YOUR KIDS! Le sigh. Well there is hard cider!

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Moderator note: This submission is an account of someone's personal experience, feelings, and coping mechanisms from the author's point of view. No one means of coping is advocated by GqC.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Open Topic Safe Space Meeting

Join us this Wednesday for an OPEN TOPIC safe space discussion at a new location Stone Soup (4637 N Ashland, Chicago, IL).


Stone Soup is an intentional community in Chicago, Illinois, designed to affordably house activists and other social justice advocates.


Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

NEW LOCATION: Stone Soup (4637 N Ashland, Chicago, IL)

Safer 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!

she/it

by ellie

i've had some time to reflect on my recent positive experience with the word "it" used as a pronoun for me. i've done a lot of thinking and talking about this, trying to make sense of it.
First off, the context was really important; hopefully this fact is obvious. i was in a conversation with some (self-identified) middle-aged cisgender lesbians. they'd approached me and asked me about the possibility of non-binary genders. They asked me, a decisively visibly queer person, in an incredibly respectful and interested way. One of them said, " When we first saw you, we weren't sure if you were a boy or a girl... and I liked that; I didn't care. I told my partner, 'He's attractive. She's attractive. It's attractive."
As i was correcting her out of habit, i realized that in that moment "it" felt right. "It" felt right in a way i'd never felt before. i know that the queer people closest to me get my unique and personal conception of my gender but, beyond that tiny circle of folks, i feel that some part of myself is rendered invisible. i'm either a man to people, which is way the fuck off, or "just a woman," or even "just a trans-woman."
So, in that moment, "it" felt right. Again, it was the respectfulness that made this work for me; and i've totally gone off at people for using it disrespectfully. i was initially uncomfortable with this realization because of past experiences and other queer folks' stories of "it" being used violently or to dehumanize. But this was not that type of malicious usage at all. Her use of both "he" and "she" before her use of "it" implies that she respected my humanity before engaging my Otherness.
Obviously "it" is non-gendered. i like that. i like that "it" doesn't impose a gendered reading on me. Unlike "ze/hir" or "they," which imply gender neutrality, the word "it" leaves room for my gender. "It" doesn't force me to be "between" or "outside;" it is merely non-gendered.
Also, excitingly, "it" isn't even a pronoun at all. i've been trying to re-define my understanding of gender; trying to step outside the binary. A i feel like i don't fall "between genders on a spectrum," although this is absolutely spectacular for folks who do. i am something different altogether. This is not to say that i don't have or do gender. i do. Frankly, i'm heavily gendered. It's just a unique understanding of gender.
Because of this, using a pre-existing framework for discussing or describing my gender doesn't work; especially in this linguistic context. "It" isn't a pronoun, so unlike gender neutral pronouns, "it" doesn't try to squeeze me into a social construct that i simply don't fit in. Let's face it, these gender neutral pronouns, because of the way they are used, call on us to utilize an established understanding of gender to then understand an individual's relationship to the larger gendered structure. Again, this is fine and dandy for a lot of folks, and that's great, i just can't be and don't want to be understood in that way.
"It" is also commonly used to describe non-human creatures. People often refer to pets as "it," for example - and this never seems to bother anyone at all. Somehow non-humans are largely exempt from our culture's impositional gender construction. i want this exemption to extend to my queer-creature self.
My partner shared a thought with me along these lines that i like a lot. They said they liked that "it" didn't place people above other animals. i like that sentiment very much. This is a holistic and cleansing outlook. This is an outlook that allows me to perceive my gender not only as reshaping myself, but as reshaping my relationship to the world, and hopefully, in reshaping that world in the process.
"It" also doesn't have to refer to a living entity at all. "It" can be an event or an object or anything else. "It" is non-judgmental. "It" is fluid. "It" is universal. i particularly like the idea of being an event - or a series of events. i like that i can just be what i am, for a moment in time, without lugging around a cumbersome identity. i can move with a freedom as an "it" that i can't as a "she," a "he," or even a "ze." i can move with a freedom beyond pronouns and beyond gender.
i also think that it's so perfectly appropriate that "it" can feel, for me, both like the most respectful and understanding reference to myself and also one of the most hurtful and ignorant. Gender is a locus of both beauty and pain, so why not a pronoun to match?
i do, for now, want to continue to honor my femininity and the aspects of myself that do happen to align with the social construction of gender. Also, as separate as i often feel from the society in which i live, i am and want to be a member (in some ways at least). i want to retain that membership by using a recognized pronoun as well. So i don't think that i will be "it" all the time. i think i'll be a "she/it" (yes, in that order). And i'll only be an "she/it" with people who get what that means, which, frankly means that i'll still mostly be a "she," and i am great with that. And even to queer people that get it, i'll be a "she in public for both safety and reasons of precedent; god forbid folks who don't understandstart to think that's ok.
i'm sure i will keep thinking about and writing about this one for quite some time. i've also been reminding myself not to get too caught up in pronouns - they are, at the end of the day pronouns and not identity as a whole. one could very easily neglect key aspects of self by focusing only on pronouns. i do think, though, that pronouns can provide a lens through which to view (aspects) of identity. My shifting comfort levels with different pronouns strongly implies a shifting sense of self. A sense of self that is ever more comfortable and continuously my very own.

Read more at invisiblyqueer.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UPDATE on LOCATION: Narrative: A Safe Space Discussion

UPDATE: This meeting is at Access Living, not Gerber/ Hart. Please spread the word! (and sorry..)

We all tell our stories in one way or another. I'm curious about people's methods for doing so. Is it conscious? Do you embellish? Do you leave parts out? Are you totally forthright. Come tell your stories about telling your stories.

Wednesday, December 14th
7:00-8:15pm
ACCESS LIVING 115 W. Chicago

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 atgenderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

LGBT Community Fund Survey

The LGBT community fund is continuing to gather information on the needs of the LGBT community and specifically want to hear from voices of those least represented such as people of color, South and West Siders, and people earning lower incomes.

Below on links to on-line surveys:
English - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBT_Community_Needs_Assessment_Survey
Spanish - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBT_Community_Needs_Assessment_En_Espanol

Monday, December 5, 2011

Humor: A Safer Space Discussion


This topic was suggested to GqC via email. Got a topic you've been dying to discuss with the GqC family? Submit it to us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

There is a tradition of camp and certain kinds of humor in various queer communities. How do you use humor to get through, or just to enjoy yourself? How does that, if at all, relate to your gender(s)? Do you reclaim humor if your gender(s) become a source of ridicule? Has humor become a source of strength/survival for you?

Wednesday, December 7th
7:00-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

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, November 30, 2011

What's on your mind?


Got a topic you've been dying to talk about with the Genderqueer Chicago family? Email it to us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com! We're always looking for new topics!

We're also open to guest facilitators! Email us at the address above if you're interested and one of our fierce organizers will set you up (and be there to co-facilitate/back you up if you'd like)!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Back in the Day: A Trans-Cend Story

A Trans-Cend Story was originally posted to the GqC blog on November 9th, 2009. Have a similar story you'd like to share? Email it to genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and we'll share it on the blog! Please include a name and publishing title!

By J. Gifford

If there is a binary, I fall between it. Racially, I am half-white, half-Chinese. Culturally, I never identified with either despite being raised by my Chinese grandparents- a certain political leader effectively silenced any desires for my family to delve into traditions and memories associated with the Cultural Revolution, and let’s just say that my white-half is more of a wandering capitalist breed than the firm Anglo-Saxon protestant breed they claim to be. In terms of my gender, I’m a boi who binds.

Explaining all of this to my steadfast American grandparents was a rare opportunity to endure a thorough aesthetic critique. My facial piercings became symbols of the antichrist; my Mohawk was pure savagery. We had a common country, a common language, and perhaps even a common childhood experience in suburban America. The thought of broaching the same subject with my Chinese grandparents, whose home lay in communist China, whose English comprehension is humorously questionable (I often check-mate my Grandpa in “cheese”), and whose unspoken traditions promoted the same binaries I fell between, was daunting. I avoided it.

Not seeing my Chinese grandparents for a while, I decided to send them a recent picture of myself through an email. The following is part of the email I received back from my Grandpa:

“The photos are so cute and we love them, the single one of you is very good and like a BOY! Grandma says that you run to fast to come to the world that miss the important signals for a male that must to have, it just a kidding!”

The misspelled words and wonderfully mis-executed idioms speak volumes. Clearly there is a common bond between us that goes beyond mere blood relations. Yes, I am a genderqueer trannyboy, but they are “trans” too… against all odds, they transcended language, culture, and history to transcend the gender binary with me.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shoes: A Safe Space Discussion

OMG Shoes. Due to overwhelming enthusiasm regarding this suggested topic we will be having a meeting specifically about shoes. See you there.

Wednesday, November 9th
7:00-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

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!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Trans Issues Focus Group this TUESDAY!

The LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust is sponsoring a focus group on transgender issues at Gerber/Hart Library on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00PM.

Refreshments will be served and every participant will receive a certificate good for one free regularly-priced book at Gerber/Hart Library's Holidaze Book Sale, which begins on Friday, December 2nd.

If you're interested in participating in this focus group, please RSVP by emailingjessica@mortengroup.com by noon on Monday, November 28th.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankful Family Dinner this Wednesday!

Family is as family does, and on Wednesday, November 23rd, the Genderqueer Chicago family will join together for a potluck extravaganza! Our usual Safe Space Meeting will be an informal gathering over food!

Join us for our Thankful Family Dinner
The Gerber/Hart Library (1127 W. Granville)
7:00-8:15PM


We'll share stories, food, and thanks. This is potluck, so if you can bring something do. If not, that's okay, too! Come regardless. Bring your friend or your love(s) or well, bring who you want.

This event will be held at the Gerber/Hart Library. For food questions, e-mail genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

Dinner is held in a space that is CTA/ wheelchair accessible.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trans & GQ actors wanted!! (Chicago)

from Madsen Minax

I'm a trans identified artist/filmmaker currently seeking trans and gender non-conforming actors for a short experimental film project. Interests explored in the project include nonlinear transformation, dystopias, alternative kinship structures, puberties, homoerotics, nostalgia and voice. The usual suspects.

The script is composed of appropriated excerpts from Hollywood films, primarily coming of age stories, and will be compiled together in a collage-type format. Upon completion this work will screen at film festivals, and possibly some universities throughout the US and abroad.

Henceforth this production has operated with an all queer crew, and folks who are passionate about the ideas at hand.

Though the narrative is highly experimental, there is memorization required. Not likely to be more than 2 script pages per performer. There is no cash payment available, but I am open to discussion of trades of services.

On set experience, and adventure promised. No acting experience necessary, just desire to be involved. :)

The shoots will take place over one weekend in mid December 2011 and will require some travel to be determined. Your cost of food, transport and lodging (if required) will be covered.

There are 5 principle roles open. We will also need some secondary and some extras. There will be some sort of low-key audition of sorts TBD the last week of November 2011.

* Trans people of color, different abilities and young people especially welcome.

Please write to madsenwashere (at) gmail.com

www.madsenminax.com

www.riotactsfilm.com

Blog link: A Responce to Glitter Bombing of Dan Savage

North by Northwestern article covering trans* students.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

T GQ Out Mic: CANCELLED!

Due to the passing of Lois Bates earlier today, the T GQ Out Mic scheduled for 7PM at Center on Halsted has been cancelled. The space will remain open for those who wish to still come out, though the T GQ Out Mic event will not be happening.

Lois Bates was the Transgender Health Manager at Howard Brown Health Center and a longtime LGBT/ HIV advocate in the community. She was considered by many to be the "mother" of Chicago's transgender community.


November 17th, 7PM
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted (at Waveland)

T Out Mic is pairing with GenderQueer Chicago to host an all together awesome open mic and spoken word event open to all. We encourage all gender variant folks, their friends, and allies, to bring a talent, thought, or rant to share. Each performer gets 5 minutes to do their thing and we may have time for encores.

All GQC events are no-cost, cta accessible, and wheelchair accessible.

Transport: EL: Redline to Addison. Bus: #8 Halsted. Street Parking.

See you there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fluidity: A Safe Space Discussion


"My gender expression and sense of self has changed (several times) throughout my life... maybe yours has too. Let's talk about what those processes have been like. I'm interested in how you felt, what inspired the change, how others reacted to it, etc. These shifts could be a transition, a redefinition, or a creation of something wholly new. Bring yourself and your thoughts."


Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

Safer 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, November 11, 2011

Got Talent? Actors Wanted!

Madsen Minax, one of the fabulous people who brought you Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Musical Performance, is seeking actors for a new film. Think you've got what it takes? Here's a message from the filmmaker:


Hey all,


I'm a trans identified artist/filmmaker currently seeking trans and gender non-conforming actors for a short experimental film project. Interests explored in the project include nonlinear transformation, dystopias, alternative kinship structures, puberties, homoerotics, nostalgia and voice. The usual suspects.


The script is composed of appropriated excerpts from Hollywood films, primarily coming of age stories, and will be compiled together in a collage-type format. Upon completion this work will screen at film festivals, and possibly some universities throughout the US and abroad.


Henceforth this production has operated with an all queer crew, and folks who are passionate about the ideas at hand.


Though the narrative is highly experimental, there is memorization required. Not likely to be more than 2 script pages per performer. There is no cash payment available, but I am open to discussion of trades of services.

On set experience, and adventure promised. No acting experience necessary, just desire to be involved. :)


The shoots will take place over one weekend in mid December 2011 and will require some travel to be determined. Your cost of food, transport and lodging (if required) will be covered.


There are 5 principle roles open. We will also need some secondary and some extras. There will be some sort of low-key audition of sorts TBD the last week of November 2011.


* Trans people of color, different abilities and young people especially welcome.


Please write to madsenwashere (at) gmail.com

www.madsenminax.com

www.riotactsfilm.com

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's in a Name? A Safer Space Discussion

Names are something that most folks can't avoid. We're assigned one at birth, people give us nicknames, some folks chose their own, and some folks prefer not to go by a name at all. How has your experiences with names been? Do you go by the name you were given or do you go by a different name or names, or do you not go by a name at all? Have issues come up in regards to your name and your gender/gender expression? Join us this week for a safer space discussion on names.

Wednesday, November 9th
7:00-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and all people interested in talking about gender are welcome. Researchers and reporters are forbidden from attending in their professional capacities but can e-mail organizers at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

T GQ Out Mic: NEXT THURSDAY!

November 17th, 7:30pm

Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted [at Waveland])

T Out Mic is pairing with GenderQueer Chicago to host an all together awesome open mic and spoken word event open to all. We encourage all gender variant folks, their friends, and allies, to bring a talent, thought, or rant to share. Each performer gets 5 minutes to do their thing and we may have time for encores.

All GQC events are no-cost, cta accessible, and wheelchair accessible.

Transport: EL: Redline to Addison. Bus: #8 Halsted. Street Parking.

See you there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reeling Ticket Giveaway!



Genderqueer Chicago is co-presenting three films at Reeling this year! The films are Community Action Center, Tomboy, and Names, Planes, and... James Dean and we have some tickets to give out for each of them! Email us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com with your name for tickets (first come, first served and one per person as they are super limited).

Community Action Center - A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s visually lush, hedonistic sociosexual video incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is both political and sexual. The artists worked with performers to create complex gender and performance pieces that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes, and the body politic of a particular time and place. The work explores feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics, and an expansive view of what is defined as “sex.” 9:30PM on Friday, November 4th at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) 69 minutes.

Tomboy - Laure, a ten-year-old tomboy, has just moved to a new neighborhood with her parents and little sister. She decides almost offhandedly to introduce herself to the neighborhood kids as Mikael and delves into a summer of gender subterfuge. The film vividly portrays Laure’s ambivalence towards her gender identity and the subdued glee she feels when accepted as one of the boys. Mikael becomes close to Lisa, a girl in their apartment complex, and a mutual crush develops. With the first day of school – and the discovery of her secret – rapidly approaching, Laure becomes increasingly anxious to keep hold of the happiness she finds in being Mikael. 4:30PM on Saturday, November 5th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.). 84 minutes.

Names, Planes, and... James Dean - Young people begin to question their identities and adults explore the intimate complications of theirs. These short films tackle gender identity, fully and sensitively addressing its complexity. 7:15PM on Sunday, November 6th at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) 81 minutes.

- NFS

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trans*portation: A safer space discussion

Queers, transfolk, gender-benders, self-identified freaks, ...and at least one or two "normal" people take public transit or ride bikes to get from here to there. Weird looks, inaccessible transit, violence, or being mis-gendered because its cold outside and you are Chicago-style layered are a few of the issues that may arise.

How do you transit in this world and navigate the advantages and pitfalls? Do you travel in groups? What do you do when this is not possible? Are you one of those people who can't stand sitting backwards on the train?

Join us for a talk about whatever you want about being on the move.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

Safer 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, October 30, 2011

T GQ Open Mic: November 17, 2011



Thursday, November 17th, 7:30pm


Center on Halsted

3656 N. Halsted [at Waveland]


T Out Mic is pairing with GenderQueer Chicago to host an all together awesome open mic and spoken word event open to all. We encourage all gender variant folks, their friends, and allies, to bring a talent, thought, or rant to share. Each performer gets 5 minutes to do their thing and we may have time for encores.

Transport: EL: Redline to Addison. Bus: #8 Halsted. Street Parking.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Reeling Film Festival


Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary as the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, showcasing innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the world. This year, films are featured at six different Chicago area theatres. The festival runs Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 12, 2011 and will include 65 screenings, including some gendertastic films (film titles link out to its info page)! The rest of the film schedule can be found here.

Community Action Center - The artists worked with performers to create complex gender and performance pieces that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions.

Tomboy - The film vividly portrays Laure’s (age 10) ambivalence towards her gender identity and the subdued glee she feels when accepted as one of the boys.

(A)Sexual - The film combines verite footage and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery as it grapples with the question, how can someone have a sexual orientation if they don’t want sex? This one is not necissarily gender-related to my knowledge, but I still think it'll be pretty interesting.

Names, Planes, and... James Dean - Young people begin to question their identities and adults explore the intimate complications of theirs. These short films tackle gender identity, fully and sensitively addressing its complexity.

Gigola - Gigola, Gigola, Gigola – who wouldn’t love to be in her (men’s) shoes? She’s butch, sexy, has the pimp world at her feet, money in her pocket, and the ladies lining up.

Romeos - Romeos is the story of 20-year-old Lukas (formerly Miri) a pre-op transman whose carefully controlled life turns topsy-turvy when he is assigned to the girl’s dormitory for his compulsory term of civil service.

Photos of Angie - This haunting documentary tells the story of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen who was murdered in rural Greeley, Colorado in 2008.

Pariah - African-American teenager Alike juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family, vacillating between being a proud butch among her openly gay friends and being the feminine, obedient girl that her strict Christian upbringing dictates that she be.

- NFS

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Want to facilitate a meeting?

Been coming to Genderqueer Chicago meetings for a while now and have thought about facilitating a meeting? Great! You don't need to be an organizer to facilitate a meeting. Just drop us an email with a topic we'll get you set up! And if you're a bit nervous to fly solo, the organizers are more than happy to help you by co-facilitating and helping to come up with topics!

If facilitating isn't your style but you still have a discussion topic idea, feel free to send it to us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!


We want to hear from YOU!

Have something detailed that you want to share about your gender experiences but don't feel you have enough time to share them in a discussion meeting? Why not submit it to the blog! We're always, always, always looking for more input from folks! Please email all blog posts to genderqueerchicago@gmail.com including a publishing name and title (if applicable).

Genderqueer 101


Genderqueer Chicago and Center on Halsted are collaborating together to present a Genderqueer 101 information session! Currently we are looking for a couple of folks to organize and present for this event. The goal is to help spread a basic understanding of what genderqueer is for he general public through Center on Halsted's 3656 Trans Ave program.

If you are interested in organizing for this event, please email GqC at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Topic: A Safe Space Discussion

Wednesday, October 26
7:00-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and all people interested in talking about gender are welcome. Researchers and reporters are forbidden from attending in their professional capacities but can e-mail organizers at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

About Face Theatre Workshops Begin THIS SATURDAY!

About Face Theatre is looking for an ensemble to help put together WHAT'S THE T, premiering the summer of 2012.

The first workshop will be held on:

Saturday, October 22nd
1:00pm - 3:00pm
72 E. 11th St, Room 511
(couple blocks from the Roosevelt Red line)
Snacks are provided. CTA cards or Metro Cards available for those who
need help with transportation. The workshops are 100% free!

((The workshops are going to continue for the next 8 Saturdays. Same
time, same place. 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3,
12/10))


All folks are welcome! No performance experience necessary!

Inspired by the drama of the recent events in Boystown-- stabbings,
marches, counter-marches, community meetings, and tons of media
attention-- WHAT'S THE T is a fast-paced, hilarious, community-driven
story that examines the divisions and connections within queer
experiences on the north side of Chicago and on the south side of
Chicago, focusing on trans experiences.

In these workshops, we'll develop the script, learn social justice
tools, learn theatre skills including acting movement, drag
performance, flash-mobbing, story collection and playwriting, all to
co-create this new play.
Come join the ensemble -- you know you want to. We definitely need a
lot more voices to help out with this project.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment

Please consider filling out this survey designed to assess the needs of queer individuals in the Chicago area.

Brain Care: A Safe Space Discussion

Even though we in Chicago are fortunate enough to have options that do not require someone else's rubber stamp, many of us chose to visit a therapist anyway. If you do, how did you find them? Have they helped? Do they understand and accept gender-variance? Perhaps you've had a bad experience that turned you away from a therapist, or off of therapy in general, or you never felt like you needed one in the first place. Or maybe you've taken matters into your own hands. Join us for a safe space discussion of how we take care of our brains.

Wednesday, October 17, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Trans Oral History Project


GqC is so excited about this residency going up THIS WEDNESDAY at UIC. Come check out the unveiling Wednesday or stop by for one of the workshops going on throughout October & November. More info on the facebook event page.





Unveiling and Opening

Wednesday, October 12
4:00-7:00pm


UIC Gender and Sexuality Center

1007 W. Harrison St.

Chicago, IL

Chican@, Gendervariance, and Diabetes

Check out this article written by one of our blog readers. It highlights intersecting identities and offers insight into being Chican@, genderqueer, bisexual, and diabetic.






Resources - A Safe Space Discussion


We're in a major city, so we must have state of the art resources right? How is Chicago doing providing services to gender-variant people? What have we done right? What do we still need?

Let's discuss what resources we have available, what we recommend, and what we still want to see happen.

Wednesday, October 12
7:00-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and all people interested in talking about gender are welcome. Researchers and reporters are forbidden from attending in their professional capacities but can e-mail organizers at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Choose Your Own Pronoun!

Check out this blog about Ann Arbor teens choosing their preferred gender pronouns!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Community


Whether we acknowledge it or not, we're all members of various communities. Let's reflect on what those are, how we interact in those various spaces, which communities we're involved in by choice and which by necessity, what we'd like from certain communities that we don't receive, how our community experiences and perceptions have changed throughout our lives, and anything else community related. As a note, this definitely includes but is absolutely not limited to queer communities.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

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, September 26, 2011

Gender Nightmares! - This Weds.


With fall rolling around and all things spooky coming out, we're thinking about what terrifies us...

What's your biggest gender fear?

Join us for a safe space meeting on Gender Nightmares!

Weds. (Sept. 28)
Access Living- 115 W. Chicago
7:00p.m. -8:15 sharp

GqC is open to anyone wishing to talk or think about gender, with the exception of researchers and reporters, who can e-mail genderqueerchicago@gmail.com with inquiries.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Health & Healthcare: A Safe Space Discussion


Though lots of other folks and institutions may want controlling interests, thankfully we are in charge of and responsible for our own bodies and health. Maintaining good health and managing health issues are an incredibly personal decisions. Choosing a trustworthy, respectful healthcare provider can be a challenge. What are your mainstays for good self-care and daily health maintenance? What experiences have you had with healthcare providers? Join us for a safe space discussion of how we define and maintain our health.


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

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, September 16, 2011

Queerly Mass'd


This is a space for queer folks and allies to meet and find a cycling community. We love a spectrum of genders, ages, identities, and bikes and welcome you to ride! Wear your glitter, cycling drag, or whatever makes you feel fabulous and fierce.

Pace will be leisurely, and the ride will be 5-10 miles. We aren't setting a route ahead of time, but won't venture too far North or South.

Let's help build a bike scene we want to see in Chicago! Suggestions? Concerns? Want to help? We'd love to hear from you.

MEET UP: Friday, Sept 23, 6PM AT NW CORNER OF DIVISION & CALIFORNIA
RIDE: 6:30PM

Bingo to Benefit Queer Youth in Need of Homes


What: Drag queens, $5 margaritas, and Bingo
When: 9pm, Monday, Sept. 26th
Where: Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N Clark

Why: The LGBTQ Host Home Program at UCAN is an innovative community-based approach to moving Chicago's LGBTQ youth beyond life on the streets. Host Home Volunteers step forward and open their homes to a 18-24 year old for a year. Both receive on-going supportive services necessary for the youth to focus on pursing education and vocational opportunities as they work towards a permanent transition from homelessness to independence.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Name Change Mobilization

From the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP):

We are very excited to announce the September Name Change Mobilization event! During this event, attorneys and trained volunteers will help transgender and gender non-conforming folks file petitions to change their names legally at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago. Volunteers will then provide follow-up support services to accompany folks to their court dates and help them navigate the subsequent name change processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Office, Department of Vital Records, etc. Our goal is simple: we want to help as many people as possible legally change their names as part of our long-term goal of gender self-determination for all, free of government limitation.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The court has changed the process for FEE WAIVERS. If you or someone you know needs a fee waiver you will need to come before 11am as the court is only accepting petitions for fee waivers between the hours of 10:30 am and 12 noon. Please bring documents proving your income status such as Tax returns, SSI letter, FAFSA financial aid award, link card, Public Aid documents, etc. If you do not have any documentation of your financial status we can discuss alternative methods of proving income.

Here are the details for the September mobilization:

When: September 30th
Time: 9am - 1pm (due to the hours to file Fee Waivers we will no longer be at the Daley Center past 1 pm)
Where: The Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, rm 1202 (12th Floor)


Do not fear! If you cannot attend this month's Mobilization, this is an ongoing project of TJLP and will reoccur on the last Friday of every month with the next mobilization on October 28th. We send many thanks to those with the financial means to donate to TJLP and help make this event possible!


If you have questions regarding the Name Change Mobilization or know of anyone that would like to participate by either getting their name legally changed or by volunteering to help folks change their names legally, please let us know! Our contact information for the event is namechange@tjlp.org, 773-272-1822 (phone/text).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Genderfunnies: A Safe Space Discussion


Our experiences with gender can range from adventurous to disastrous to absolutely hilarious. Lighten up and share your "genderfunnies" at our upcoming safe space meeting!

Wednesday, September 14th
7-8:15pm
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and all people interested in talking about gender are welcome. Researchers and reporters are forbidden from attending in their professional capacities but can e-mail organizers atgenderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

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