Thursday, June 30, 2011

GqC Clothing Swap!


Come bring your old clothes, leave with new (old) clothes! Join us for some music and fun. If you don't have clothes to bring, come anyway.

Friday, July 8 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL


Leftover clothing will be donated the Brown Elephant.

Space is wheelchair and CTA accessible.

For more information, e-mail genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yes, there is a meeting tomorrow!

In the all the weekend's nuttiness, we just failed to post it.

Join us at the Gerber/Hart Library (1127 W. Granville)
Tomorrow from 7 p.m.-8:15 sharp

An open topic discussion!

GqC is free and open to all who want to talk and think about gender (unless you're a researcher/ reporter in which case you need to e-mail genderqueerchicago@gmail.com instead).

Friday, June 24, 2011

The End of Gender?

In a world of gender-nonconforming fashion models and highly-publicized gender neutral parenting, NPR asks if we're heading towards "the end of gender" in this recent article. What do you think?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dyke March/Pride Sign Making party!


Want to make a sign of your own to wave around in a march this weekend? Keep out the sun in style and come join GqC for a sign making party this Friday!

People are invited to join us at:
6954 N. Greenview Ave Apt #509
It's right off the Morse Red Line stop.

Call me (Brynn) at (708) 655-2732 to be let in.

Hope to see you there!

-b

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Funfusion

by Knox Daley

They keep saying I'm confused, sometimes out loud to my face, and sometimes just in their brains, but it's still just as clear.
Not quite knowing what name to use, or whether my new-found appreciation for sky-high platform pumps means I stop thinking of myself as a tough guy (nope),
they hesitate to use either of the names I've told them I like, and revert to the one I've told them I don't.
"I thought you were all done with the trans business" -
sorry, doll, I can't just put in my notice and swagger over to straight cisgender society,
they won't have me, and I won't have them either.
If I am confused, I like the confusion.

Sometimes I can tell when the exact things I like most about myself, are the things other people think are mistakes-
as though I accidentally cut my hair this short,
I accidentally tattooed all over my skin,
I accidentally wore a mini skirt with hairy legs,
I accidentally speak loud and low, barking orders like a man,
or giggling and blushing and batting like a woman,
listen:
I'm just doing things like me.

I hate it most when the look in the face of my queer comrades says
"You're doing it wrong" -
that hurts because there's no such thing as wrong, not for us,
not when we're laughing and dancing and expressing our passions in novel ways,
they can tell us we're confused all they want,
we're still having fun.
Would you have it any other way? (nope)

GqC with Gerber/Hart this Sunday at Pride


For the second year, Gerber/Hart has graciously invited Genderqueer Chicago be with them in the Pride Parade.

All GqC-ers and friends are welcome. Here are the details:

Gerber/Hart is contingent #42 (out of 240). We congregate on the west side of Clark Street. The contingent in front of us is the Chicago Public Library, and the contingent in back of us is Rush Pride. Line-up should be near the Walgreens.

The library will not have a float or car.

We will start congregating anytime after 11:00 AM.

Please note: the parade can be long and strenuous! Please come prepared (water, sunscreen, etc.)

Also, if you are someone who wants to bring a sign, please e-mail GqC and let us know (so that we don't bring too many extras!). We might have a sign-making party, depending on interest...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chemical X

by Mikey

When I was younger

Mother told me a rhyme
About all the things
That defined me.

She said sugar and spice
And everything nice
Was exactly where I belonged.

But I think something happened
On the way there
And whatever it is changed me so

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup
Have a similar tale
That “extra ingredient”
CHEMICAL X

I’m just not the same
Even I knew it
Why couldn’t I be like everyone else?

Years have gone by
And I’ve come to realize
I’m not the only one

It isn’t just me
Confused with my body
My mind a trainwreck
Of hormones and thoughts

Everyone has
Their own special chemical
That ‘Chemical X’
It makes us who we are

No matter your gender
No matter your race
Be proud that you have
Your own soul ingredient
You are who you are
And no one can take that
No one can alter
Your ‘Chemical X’

So to all of you out there
Who just “don’t belong”
Take your ingredient
Don’t ever let go

And you can be the most wonderful recipe the world has ever seen.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Gerber/ Hart Needs Volunteers!


For two years, the Gerber/Hart Library (1127 w. Granville) has supported GqC when few others have. They have provided the group with a free space, sometimes at the last minute for meetings. They have advertised our events, given our attendees free books, and donated food and materials to us when they have been able.

Now, the Gerber/Hart needs us!

Here's the info:

Chicago’s LGBT Library and Archives needs help with the Proud to Run race on Saturday, June 25. Gerber/Hart is a beneficiary of the event, and needs to provide volunteers to staff the race.


The tasks: Staff water stations, direct runners, clean-up.

The place: Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor. T

he time: Between 6:00 and 7:15 AM for the first two tasks; 9:00 AM for clean-up.

The perks: Entry into a drawing for $100, $50 and $25 gift cards. All Gerber/Hart volunteers receive a $5 GH booksale certificate and fabulous Proud to Run tee on the day of the race.

More perks: Those who volunteer for Proud to Run through GH and recruit at least two friends will be entered into a drawing for a $25 cash gift card.

Got a bike? You can ride to the 10k course.

To volunteer: Send an email to info@gerberhart.org or call 773-381-8030.

Want to run or walk?: Register at www.proudtorun.org.


This is an incredibly fun event, and the t-shirts are real runners shirts! Plus, if 5 people from GqC sign up as Proud to Run volunteers, all five will be entered into a drawing to win a free ticket to the Gerber/ Hart Gala (it's a pretty fancy time).



Pride or ...? Safe Space Discussion this Weds.


While many LGBT people climb aboard floats and raise the rainbow flags in June, others are less comfortable in the midst of the celebration. Pride month can be a complicated time for people working through gender stuff.

Join us for a safe space discussion on how all the different ways we relate to the concept of "Pride."

Wednesday, June 22
7pm- 8:15
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

Friday, June 17, 2011

Inherently Deceptive: Heterosexist views of gender bending

Androgynous fashion model Andrej Pejic was "awarded" a spot on FHM's list of "the 100 sexiest women in the world." Andrej's page, which was full of dehumanizing, homobigoted, and transbigoted comments, was then removed from the list.


Relevant articles is here [styleite.com] and here [fashionotes.com]
[TRIGGER WARNING: Articles contain the bigoted FHM writeup]


What got me the most angry (just the most mind you) was the theme of deception. How has Andrej, who models both men's and women's fashion deceiving anyone? Andrej just seems to be being Andrej, and that's fantastic no matter what!

I'm unclear on how Andrej identifies, but in all the articles I can find Andrej is refereed to with he/him pronouns and I'm unsure as to whether Andrej identifies in some way as trans*. Lea T, a transgender fashion model, was also mentioned in the writeup and implicated as being similarly deceptive. So it seems that gender-variant people can't win; if they disclose their history or not, they are inherently deceptive regardless. We're a threat to the heteronormative order. At least that's the message I got from FHM's writeup.

FHM's response makes things worse not better.

FHM's "apology" is only that they placed Andrej Pejic on the list. This may be worth apologizing for if Andrej did not want to be placed on a list specifically for for women. However, that is unclear and it may be that Andrej did not mind being included on the list. I don't have that information. However, FHM's apology was realistically more directed at FHM's readers for confusing their binary world view.

FHM did not apologize for the degrading comments they made in their own writeup.

Thanks FHM, for missing the point. Entirely.

-b

Beach Meetup TOMORROW!

Join Genderqueer Chicago and Every Body Chicago for a beach meetup at Foster Avenue Beach. Bring friends! Bring snacks! Be ready for some summer fun! It looks like it might storm tomorrow, so come prepared with an umbrella and hope for sunshine!

Saturday, June 18
12pm-3pm
Foster Avenue Beach
5200 N. Lake Shore Drive

Every Body Chicago welcomes "anyone and everyone who is fat, thin, furry, inked up, pierced, disabled, gender variant, LGBTQIA, straight, questioning in any way, etc. to come together and build a community that is based on mutual respect and body positivity." Learn more about Every Body Chicago here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Body-Chicago/197226053635805

Genderqueer Chicago is a grassroots, peer-led group that works to create safe spaces for all of us to talk about, think about, explore, and express gender. We hold free weekly meetings and events and maintain a community blog. Visit our blog at
http://genderqueerchicago.blogspot.com/to learn more.


This event is free and open to the public. Foster Avenue beach has a wheelchair-accessible beach walk.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good Morning, Son

(originally posted on the genderqueer tumblr by actyourrage)

“Excuse me, sir,” says the middle-aged woman in the bookstore
who is trying to get the book I am standing in front of.

Three letters, s-i-r, a simple statement of my perceived masculinity,
puts a smile on my face, which looks its most girlish when I smile,
so I duck down and move so she won’t realize her beautiful mistake
and call me “hon” instead.

“Good morning, son,” are the words I long to hear from my long-suffering mother
Who doesn’t yet know she only has one daughter, not two,
And who is still unaware of the birth of her son, sixteen years overdue.

Mother,
Can you hear me aching as you tell me how pretty I am?
Would the word handsome burn your tongue?
Would you still love me if you knew the truth,
That when the doctors pronounced to you, “It’s a girl!”
That both they and God had blindly guessed wrong?
That a mere glance at my genitalia had not betrayed the fact
That I was not as I seemed, that I was more than met the eye?
Would you cast me off as a stranger if I tried to show you,
Look, mother, this is who I am.

I dress in the morning with my back toward the mirror,
Struggle my binder over my still-widening hips
And don’t look down at my chest until it is smashed into submission
By the thirty dollars of confidence I can call my own.
No more, no less.

I try to hunch my shoulders into invisibility as I slink through the store
Furtively glancing at the boy’s button-ups, aching to try just one on
Imagining how my body would look in clothes not meant to accentuate curves,
That curse word of femininity that I am burdened with.

Whenever I am forced to put on a dress,
Paint my nails, paint my face with colors I was not born with,
I am painting over a mask, do you understand,
I was born playing dress-up and what you call drag, I call identity.

This is not about sex, about the vagina I don’t think about or the penis I don’t want
This isn’t about the chest you are not allowed to touch when we kiss
This isn’t about the lips that you kiss and whether I am your girlfriend or your boyfriend
Or whether you would want to be just friends if I ever got the courage to tell you the truth.

This is about who I am and who I have always been
This is about gay versus bisexual versus boy versus girl and
How I don’t fit in any of these boxes that have been created for me to fit neatly into

You cannot fit my colors into a shape, or a pattern, or a word
So fit me into a song, sing me loud as the roots of the magnolia tree
That lived in front of my grandmother’s house.
We used to hide inside its branches and wait for storms to pass
Wait with me for the storm to pass, if this storm will ever pass.

I am more than the word girl or boy, I will never grow up to be man or woman
These things were not written in the stars I wished on
And I refuse to let another judgment pass on what I am not enough of.
Not strong enough to be a man, not delicate enough to be a woman,
Not loud enough to be a boy, not sweet enough to be a girl
But I am soft enough to love and open enough to be loved

I am strong enough to throw your names and qualifiers back,
To transgress the boy-girl rules tying me to the ground where I can be stepped on,
I am transcending everything I know to become something I wish to learn
I am transforming from my mother’s daughter to my mother’s son

And maybe someday she will be able to call me handsome
And buy me a suit for prom
And greet me with the word I ache for.

I am her son, I am her sun, I am burning brightly in the morning sky to wake all of us up
From the delusion that any of us are simple enough to be categorized like this
I am burning white hot to remind us to let our hearts burn for each other
And I will scoff at boy, scoff at girl, and maybe even find the courage
To scoff at transgendered, that tentative title I have only recently found the courage to consider

Because I am her son, I am my own sun, we are all suns
And we all will burn through our titles of male and female, our chains of pink and blue
We will transcend the walls of gender we have created to tie our hearts to the tracks

And my mother will raise her face to the sky
And feel my love for her in the light I shine and greet me with,
“Good morning, son.”

The Paseo Boricua Pageant Coronation this Friday!

Generally, we won't advertise events that cost money unless they are especially relevant to gender-variant folks. This is one such instance where the event is relevant and the funds go back to supporting transfolks. For more information on the pageant and Vida/SIDA, check out http://prcc-chgo.org/category/vidasida/

Switch

This photo series by JJ Levine, Switch, is amazing. Several pairs of people pose as a couple, one dressed “masculine” and the other “feminine”, and then switch outfits. Some persons are hardly recognizable from one picture to the next.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Family: A Safe Space Discussion

There are lots of different types of family, including the one you're born with and the ones you create yourself. Family relationships can be difficult for anyone to navigate. What is your definition of family? How do you and your family (either the one you were born with or one you created yourself) interact?

Join us for a safer space discussion on Weds. June 15
The Gerber/Hart Library (1127 W. Granville)
7pm-8:15

We start and end on time.

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, open to anyone who wants to talk or think about gender. Researchers and reporters are strictly forbidden from attending in their professional capacities but may contact genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Get Ready...for A BEACH PARTY!


Join Genderqueer Chicago and Every Body Chicago for a beach meetup at Foster Avenue Beach. Bring friends! Bring snacks! Be ready for some summer fun!

Saturday, June 18
12pm-3pm
Foster Avenue Beach
5200 N. Lake Shore Drive

Every Body Chicago welcomes "anyone and everyone who is fat, thin, furry, inked up, pierced, disabled, gender variant, LGBTQIA, straight, questioning in any way, etc. to come together and build a community that is based on mutual respect and body positivity." Learn more about Every Body Chicago here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Body-Chicago/197226053635805

Genderqueer Chicago is a grassroots, peer-led group that works to create safe spaces for all of us to talk about, think about, explore, and express gender. We hold free weekly meetings and events and maintain a community blog. Visit our blog at
http://genderqueerchicago.blogspot.com/ to learn more.


This event is free and open to the public. Foster Avenue beach has a wheelchair-accessible beach walk.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Changes - an open discussion this Wednesday!


It's getting warm out! Whether it be how you dress for the weather, or the longer walks in public, come share what's on your mind. As the season is changing, so are we - as are our interactions with others in the world. Join us this Wednesday for an OPEN TOPIC safe space discussion at Access Living because the times they are a changing.

ACCESS LIVING Conference Room
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Wednesday, June 8th
7pm-8:15pm

Meetings are welcoming and inclusive of people of all identities and abilities. Researchers and reporters are asked not to attend in their professional capacities but may contact genderqueerchicago@gmail.com for more information.

Website graphics and design by Andre Perez