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


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!

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.


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!

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 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!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Topic: A Safe Space Discussion

Wednesday, October 26
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

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,

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


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

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
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

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


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


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!

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