Monday, August 29, 2011

Gaga Goes Manly. Audience Flips Out.

After Lady Gaga performed in drag at the Video Music Awards this past weekend, Fox News claims that Gaga took her male alter-ego "to the limit" by using the men's restroom.

The article also reports that some folks weren't too happy with Gaga's gender-bending in general. According to music producer Edward Paige thought that Gaga "might have pushed the audience too far...Does MTV or its throngs of little girls’ fans want a diva that looks like Ralph Macchio doing a Lenny Bruce routine? I doubt it.”

Um...I do!

Tell us what you think!

--M

Allow this trans child access to a safe bathroom!

Parents in Georgia had to remove their child from elementary school after the child was denied the ability to use the bathroom. To add insult to injury the superintendent, who the parents met with about the bathroom issue, called Child Protection Services. Yes, because being affirming of your child's gender identity is harmful but denying them access to a place to pee is not. /sarcasm

C'mon folks we all have to pee! Let's call this for what is is: trans-biogoted and gender binary essentialist bullshit.

There is a petition on behalf of the parents. Hopefully this is just the start of a successful fight. Safe bathroom access is something everyone should have.

-b

Pronouns. Pronouns? Pronouns!


We tried this topic in May but got so into highs and lows we never got to it so....


GqC is unique in that we go to great lengths to inquire about and respect others' preferred pronouns. What do pronouns mean to us? Why do we prefer or lack a preference for certain pronouns?

Consider the Genderfork.com tweets below as conversation starters for this Wednesday.



My brother has started calling me his "sisbro". Every step he takes gives me hope.


I prefer "she" and "her" but also "Mister" and "Sir."


If I looked more like a girl, I wouldn't mind so much with the male pronouns.


I want to make changes to myself to feel more comfortable... But I think I will feel less comfortable with how people react.


Wednesday, August 31st
7-8:15pm (we start and end on time)
Gerber/Hart Library (1107 W. Granville)

Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and all folks 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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Partners Group Forming

A new group for partners of trans-identified folks is forming in Chicago.
The group is not affiliated with GqC. It is an informal peer-led group that meets in coffee shops.

For more information, questions, comments, concerns, and/or happy confirmations, interested individuals may visit:
http://tamorchicago.com/

Sunday, August 21, 2011

DREAMS: A Safe Space Discussion


What are your dreams and aspirations? What guides you towards them or distracts you from them? Often times our dreams are more prevalent then others - why? And how do we stay focused on what we really want, making our dreams a reality? Join us this Wednesday for a safe space discussion on dreams!

Wednesday, August 24th
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, August 19, 2011

FIELD DAY: RESCHEDULED!


Due to an unfavorable weather prediction for tomorrow (40% chance of storms all afternoon/evening), Field Day is being moved to Sunday (August 21st), 2PM - 6PM. We will still be meeting in Humboldt Park at North and California.

Humbolt Park at North and California
Sunday, Aug. 21 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Genderqueer Chicago is hosting a Field Day with outdoor games and a potluck at Humboldt Park on Sunday, August 21th!

Activities for all ages and abilities!

Planned activities include:

-Potluck
- Dodgeball
- Paper Airplanes
- Duck Duck Goose
- Kickball
- Tug o' War
- Face Painting
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Bubbles
- Frisbee
- Water Balloon Toss
- Volleyball
-Crafts
-Snacks
-Music
-Lovely people

Feel free to bring activities of your own that we may have left out. Also, friends are welcome! Feel free to bring something for the potluck if you're able to. If not, no worries!

Genderqueer Chicago is an open community group.

The intersection is one mile South of the California Blue Line stop or one mile west of the Damen Blue Line stop (there are buses on both North and California).

Tentative Schedule:
Waterballoon toss: 2:15
Dodgeball: 2:30
Duck duck goose: 3:15
kickball: 3:45
Tug o' war: 4:45
Vollegball 5:00

All day: face painting, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, frisbee, paper airplanes


This event is also on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=125456657550020

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What's Attractive?: A Safe Space Discussion


What types of things do you find attractive? What makes you feel attractive, and how is this related to your gender expression? Has anyone ever tried to force their standards on you? Join us for a safe space discussion.

Wednesday August 17, 2011

7:00-8:15pm

Gerber/Hart Library (1127 W. Granville)


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
.

Field Day: Come and Play!


Join us for a day of fun and sun (we hope)!

Humbolt Park at North and California Saturday, Aug. 20 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Genderqueer Chicago is hosting a Field Day with outdoor games and a potluck at Humboldt Park on Saturday, August 20th!

Activities for all ages and abilities!

Planned activities include:

-Potluck
- Dodgeball
- Paper Airplanes
- Duck Duck Goose
- Kickball
- Tug o' War
- Face Painting
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Bubbles
- Frisbee
- Water Balloon Toss
- Volleyball
-Crafts
-Snacks
-Music
-Lovely people

Feel free to bring activities of your own that we may have left out. Also, friends are welcome! Feel free to bring something for the potluck if you're able to. If not, no worries!

Genderqueer Chicago is an open community group.

The intersection is one mile South of the California Blue Line stop or one mile west of the Damen Blue Line stop (there are buses on both North and California).

Tentative Schedule:
Waterballoon toss: 2:15
Dodgeball: 2:30
Duck duck goose: 3:15
kickball: 3:45
Tug o' war: 4:45
Vollegball 5:00

All day: face painting, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, frisbee, paper airplanes

In the case of rain, please check the blog for updates/ information on the day of the event.

This event is also on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=125456657550020


Friday, August 12, 2011

Pronoun Play: A Game


Ask a close friend or friends to call you by different pronouns for the day. Talk about how it made you feel. Ask them how it felt for them. Explore what impact pronouns have on your life.


-seastar

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Safer Space meeting: Open Topic


This Wednesday come and talk about whatever you want, sex, gender, knitting, your grandmother's cookie recipe... Let's hear what you want to talk about.

Wednesday, August 10th
Access Living (115 W. Chicago)
7pm.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Boys vs. Girls

The RedEye recently featured a survey about (hetero) dating conducted by Cosmo and AskMen.com.

Who pays on a date? Is weight-gain a fair reason to break up with your sweetheart? The questions are absolutely (not) RIVETING!

Check out one reporter's clever response.

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