Thursday, May 31, 2012

Genderqueer Identity Study

Genderqueer Identity Study

I am writing this post to highlight my frustration with a lack of attention that has been given to genderqueer community.

I am a cis-gendered female who identifies as queer and as a genderqueer and trans*-ally. I’ve been a therapist working with the guenderqueer community for years. As I continue to work with genderqueer folks therapeutically, I have realized that the lack of attention within my field (psychology) has been detrimental—people make all sorts of assumptions and force those in therapy to ascribe to a binary identity. This has been beyond frustrating to me.

So, I designed a study where we are interviewing genderqueer individuals—or those who do not identify on the binary—about their identity process and how they make sense of their multiple identities at the same time. We’ve had an amazing response from folks within Louisville, Kentucky. I am hoping that we can extend our study to people who are living in (or around Chicago). We’ve completed interviews in Evansville and Louisville, and we’re slotted to interview individuals in Chicago in June. Anyone who wants to contribute to this cause would be more than welcome—the more voices that are heard about genderqueer identity, the better.

If you’re interested in contributing to the study—please contact me at louisvilletransgenderresearch@gmail.com or 502-852-0627. Individuals also receive $25.00 to participate in the interviews—which will last about 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.

Thank you for reading and wishing all the best,

Stephanie Budge

Organizer's Note: Stephanie has told me that they will be in Chicago starting on June 15th, so there's still plenty of time to sign up.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Call for Submissions!

Like to think outside the gender box? Our weekly meetings aren't the only place to share your thoughts. The GQC blog is always open to submissions in the form of stories, musings, poems, songs, images... if there's a way to post it, we will! You don't have to be a regular attendee at our meetings, or even a Chicago native, just as long as you've got a genderqueerful experience to share.






To submit, just send an e-mail to genderqueerchicago@gmail.com with your work, and the name under which you would like to be credited (or whether you'd prefer to be anonymous). Let's keep the conversation going!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Art and Creativity: A Safe Space Discussion



Wednesday, May 30, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 

Many of us make art or do other kinds of creative work, and nearly all of us consume the creative work of others.  Has art affected the way you understand yourself or understand gender?  Can creative work improve life?  Is the performance of gender, for you, a kind of creativity? 

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!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Faith: a safe space discussion


Faith is something that everyone in our culture interacts with. Whether this means that we are intentionally unfaithful, or are just tacitly doing our thing. Our culture is very marked by religion. What's your relationship to it? What does it mean to you. How is that informed by your gender? How is your gender informed by your faith, or lack thereof? If you're not of faith, how do you interact with folks of faith? How about the reverse? Bring yourself, bring your thoughts.



Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 7:00pm to 8:15pm Stone Soup (4637 N. Ashland Ave.)

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 15, 2012

Genderqueer Circle


This coming Sunday, May 20th, at 4pm we'll have our 3rd genderqueer circle!  It'll be hosted by Lou in Andersonville; email louisa.bigelow@gmail.com for address and directions.  Circles are best when smaller, so we'll cap it after the first 7 people respond.  And please be on time, as we can't start until everyone arrives. 

Here's a little more info on our facilitator and circles:

Lou was trained as a circle keeper by Community Justice for Youth Institute (www.cjyi.org) and has been doing circles for about 4 years.  Circles can be used for restorative justice, conflict resolution, healing, celebration, and just about anything that brings people together in an honest and meaningful way.  The emphasis for these genderqueer circles will be on personal healing and meaningful sharing. 
 
The main difference between a common conversation and a circle is that circles have a bit more structure.  There's a talking piece that signifies whoever has it can talk or be silent or pass, and that when you don't have it you can listen.  It allows for deeper communication because you can listen without worrying about what you'll say next and speak without worrying if someone will interrupt you.  There's an opening and closing round to establish confidentiality and the circle decides when it's done, though they generally last about 3 hours.  There is no therapist or outside person present, and these genderqueer circles will only be open to folks through Genderqueer Chicago.  Please come and enjoy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

T and GQ OUT Mic


Center on Halsted and GqC are proud to present...

T and GQ OUT Mic
Every Third Thursday of the Month @ 7:30pm

Center on Halsted Youth Space (2nd floor, behind computer lab)
3656 N. Halsted (at Waveland)

Upcoming Open Mic Dates:

THIS Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm
Thursday, June 21st, 7:30pm


T Out Mic is pairing with GenderQueer Chicago to host an all together awesome open mic and spoken word monthly 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, May 13, 2012

Communication, interpretation: A Safer Space Discussion

Communication is a hot topic in our community, whether it be communicating our identity, sexuality, or negotiating relationships and boundaries. How we communicate and how we interpret the communication of others can often drastically affect our relationships with those around us. However, communication is often not simple when the topics we want to discuss are complicated. We may find ourselves reaching for words and come up empty handed or with inadequate language. this is especially difficult when our gender and sexuality intersect in weird and often contradictory ways.

Join us for a safe space discussion!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
7:00-8:15pm
Center on Halsted, room 207
3656 N. Halsted St.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Privilege: A Safe Space Discussion

Privilege and disprivilege are things that affect everyone in a variety of ways. Issues, such as sexism, racism, classism can be replicated inside the same groups which are so often marginalized in those ways. Queer folks are no more immune to reproducing sexist or gender essentialist ideas then the rest of society, racist attitudes can exist among various communities, domestic violence is not just a heterosexual problem but impacts us all, and so on. Ignoring these problems leaves them un-addressed and fosters assumptions that these issues cannot be a problem within our own communities.

In what ways has privilege or disprivilege affected you or the way you live? How do you deal with privilege and disprivilege on a day-to-day basis?

Wednesday, May 9 th, 20127:00pm to 8:15pmStone Soup (4637 N. Ashland Ave.)

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!

Friday, May 4, 2012

GqC organizer meeting

Every few months GqC organizers sit down to commit to another few months of organizing. We also like to use these as opportunities to welcome folks who are interested in organizing with us. If you've been to GqC and are thinking that now may be the time to do that in your life, our meeting will be tomorrow, Saturday May 5th at 330 pm at Royal Coffee (6764 N. Sheridan). Even if you're not totally sure you want to commit, but you're curious about what organizing the group is all about, you're more than welcome to come. If you're interested in organizing but cannot make the meeting, please feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Reclamation: a safe space discussion

Often we are told by society who we are and what our identities mean. This defining process often involves the use of epithets and negative stereotyping. Sometimes folk reclaim and redefine these terms and/or spaces. What does it mean to own and embody these? Does this feel good to you? Does it feel like unsteady ground? Do you feel like some things are easier to reclaim than others, why?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
7:00-8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask at reception desk for the room number)
3656 N. Halsted St.

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