Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Call for submissions to 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves'


Are you an immigrant or refugee, or do you come from a family of recent immigrants? Do you identify as transgender, or express your gender differently than is expected in your culture?

The upcoming book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is looking for contributors to its chapter on intersections of transgender / immigrant identities. We are interested to hear about your experiences with gender in your culture and as an immigrant. If you would like to share your story, please email it to kate@transbodies.com by September 20th, or mail to Laura Erickson-Schroth, 564 First Avenue, 14D, NY NY 10016 (Email is preferred if you have access).

We are looking for pieces 300-800 words in length. Please also include the name you would like to use (pseudonyms are fine) and your age. If you feel comfortable, also include where you are from originally and where you live today. (Example: Chad, 37. Originally from Burma, now living in Arizona, USA.) The book will be in English, but if you strongly prefer to write in your native language, we will do everything we can to translate for you. If your story is chosen to be included, we will email you the text we plan on using so you have the chance to approve it.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for the transgender population, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. For more information, visit www.transbodies.com or email kate@transbodies.com or amanda@transbodies.com with any questions or comments.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Loneliness and Companionship: A Safer Space Discussion


Questioning gender can be a lonely journey, especially before we find other people like us. It comes from other places too, but we need companionship just the same. How did you handle it, how is it going now? Do you not actually mind? Come together to discuss!

Wednesday, August 29, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 

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!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Obstacles: A Safer Space Discussion



What do you feel is getting in the way in your life? It could be as simple as a dress code and as complex as a personal fear of judgement. The unfortunate thing is this: when it comes to expressing gender, life is often not as accomidating as it should be to any of us. Join GenderQueer Chicago as we explore the obstacles in our lives, be they jobs, friends, or even ourselves.

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St. 

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, August 19, 2012

Organize with us!

Genderqueer Chicago is actively seeking new organizers to add to our team! 

What is a GqC organizer?While everyone who participates in GqC has a significant role in the group, organizers make sure the day-to-day runs smoothly. GqC is entirely peer-led and volunteer run. We have almost no money and few resources, so organizers work in creative ways to make GqC a sustainable group. Organizers post community work to the blog, book spaces for meetings, plan events for the group, serve as advocates for attendees, facilitate weekly meetings, and build relationships with our larger community.


Who can be an organizer?
Anyone who lives in Chicago, can attend weekly meetings, likes to work in a team, is reliable and on-time, and has attended a few GqC meetings can be an organizer. If you've never been to GqC or only just recently started coming and think you might want to organize, shoot us an e-mail, anyways and let us know.

What if I'm not sure if I want to be an organizer?
Read on...!

STILL INTERESTED? WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Shoot us an email or contact one of the current organizers. You don't have to commit to being an organizer, but strong interest is recommended.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Arguing: A Safer Space Discussion


Sometimes we get into disagreements... or even fights. How do you deal with these, especially when they're with people close to you? How does it affect you? How much lasts, and how much can you leave behind? Come vent with us!


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

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, August 12, 2012

A message from the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois


Dear Friends, Allies, and Lovers of TJLP,

After three years of renting an office space from In These Times magazine, we are officially moving our office to the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago! Our new space will help increase our capacity by being more conveniently located for both our clients and the TJLP Collective, and will be wheelchair accessible. As of August 11, 2012, our new address will be

4707 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60647

Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to the magic that this transition will bring!

In Solidarity,
The TJLP Collective

Unfamiliar with TJLP? You can find information at their website, here.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Strength: A Safe Space Discussion

What does strength, or being strong, mean to you? How has strength, or the appearance of having strength, helped or hindered your gender journey? What do you do to regain strength during tough times?

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


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!

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