Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pronouns: A Safer Space Discussion

It's one of the first things we ask you every week, and one of the most personal. Why do you use the pronouns you do? More than one set or no preference at all? Does this change at all depending who you're talking to, what space you're in? Come kvetch with us about that one person who just won't accept singular they.

Schedule Note: the Center will be closed for the holidays 25 December and 1 January; our next meeting after this will be in three weeks, on 8 January 2014.

Wednesday, December 18, 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!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Home for the Holidays: a safer space discussion

Home can be either a physical place or a state of mind. There's more than one way to celebrate the season, if you choose to at all. What are you doing - or will you be doing - this holiday season? What are you dreading, looking forward to, or just feeling a bit funny about?

Wednesday, December 11, 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!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Family: A Safer Space Discussion

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How does family, biological or chosen, play a part in your identity? How has your family helped you? How have they hindered you? How do you interact with your family? Has your identity changed these interactions in anyway?

Wednesday, December 4, 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!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Open safe space this week

What's on your mind this week? Holidays? Family? Shoes? Gender structures in tabletop games? Or something else? Come and share with us!

Wednesday, November 27, 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, November 17, 2013

Trans* Day of Remembrance


This coming Wednesday is the Day of Remembrance, where we pay respect to those we've lost, and the Center is holding a gathering from 6-8pm (more information here). Since this overlaps with our regular meeting, we will instead be convening after the Center's event finishes to decompress as needed. Specific start time depends how promptly the event wraps up, and might be earlier or later than 8pm, though should you need to leave or otherwise wish to wait in our room after 7pm that should be fine.



Wednesday, November 20, 8ish to 8:45pm
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, November 11, 2013

Call for Submissions: Letters for My Siblings

The Lambda Literary Finalist Letters for My Brothers asked transsexual men to pass on to their pre-transition selves any important advice that they had as post-transition men. In Letters for My Siblings, we wish to capture short pieces of a similar spirit from people who are genderqueer, gender non-conforming, bigender, agender, or who simply don’t fit nicely into the boxes of “man” and “woman”.

Your submission should be between 500 and 2500 words and address one or more of the prompts below. Not all prompts will apply to all writers. Your submission should be about your own lived experience — please avoid delving too far into the theoretical, or making broad generalizations about any group (even one that you belong to).

Send all submissions to lettersformysiblings@gmail.com by February 1, 2014. Authors will be notified of acceptance within six weeks of the submission deadline.
  • What does it mean to transition as a non-binary identified person? How have you transitioned medically, legally, socially, or otherwise, and why? Has your transition been an important part of your identity and/or experience? How and why?
  • Where do you fit in the larger trans* community? Have you found friendship and connection among other trans* people, binary or non-binary? Have you encountered discrimination or resistance to your identity within the trans* community?
  • Have you been able to find or create language to describe your gender/experience? Are you intentional about using (or NOT using) particular words for your gender/experience? Why do you use (or not use) these words?
  • How has your non-binary identity intersected with other parts of your identity, such as your race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability/disability, or age? Are there times when these other parts of your identity come in conflict with your gender? If so, how do you manage these conflicts?
  • What do you like about being non-binary? What is your biggest frustration? How do you navigate a world set up only for men and women?
  • Who are your mentors? Who has guided you on your journey/transition? Who do you look up to?
  • What advice would you give to genderqueer/gender non-conforming/non-binary people who are at the beginning of their journey?
As compensation for their contribution, all authors will receive a free copy of the anthology upon its publication. Transgress Press will donate all proceeds to organizations benefiting trans communities.

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Please check out this link for more information!

Confidence: A Safer Space Discussion

What is confidence? How does one become confident? When do you feel most confident and when do you not? What are the benefits of being confident and what are cons to it? How does confidence relate to queer identity and the queer community? 

Come join us this Wednesday for a safe space discussion on confidence!  

Also, please feel free to check out this video about confidence!


Wednesday, November 13, 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!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

Something on your mind? Come and chat!

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!

Wednesday, November 6, 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!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Costumes: A Safer Space Discussion

It's that time of year again, where you get to choose between putting on a costume or taking one off, and the way other people see it isn't necessarily the same as you do.

Wednesday, October 30, 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, October 21, 2013

Bathrooms: a safer space discussion

We all gotta go sometime, and sometimes, we gotta go in a public (or shared) restroom. Though we may cross our fingers for the unisex single-stall, the majority of facilities today are strictly binary. How do you deal with doing your business in a binary world?


Wednesday, October 23, 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!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Body Modification: A Safer Space Discussion

Piercings, ink, scars, implants, other things (and not to forget estrogen or testosterone); how do your body mods have special meanings to you? What new ones might you be planning, are they to mark anything special? For those who don't have or want any, is there a reason, or are you just not interested? Or perhaps you once had one that you didn't like and later removed... Come and spill your ink-covered, hole-riddled secrets.

Wednesday, October 16, 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, October 7, 2013

Geekery Part Two: Revenge of Geekery! A Safer Space Discussion

Since we didn't finish up last week...

"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult." -Simon Pegg

Most of us are a geek about something. Let's get together to talk about the things we truly enjoy, the communities involved, and how it plays into our queerness (or doesn't). 

Wednesday, October 9th, 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!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Geekery: a safer space discussion

"Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult." -Simon Pegg

Most of us are a geek about something. Let's get together to talk about the things we truly enjoy, the communities involved, and how it plays into our queerness (or doesn't). 

Wednesday, October 2nd, 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!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

Is there anything you would
like to talk about? Come and chat!

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!

Wednesday, September 25th, 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!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dating: A Safer Space Discussion


Dating can be awkward enough for most folks. Throw in conversations about gender and identity into the mix and dating tends to become more awkward and complicated. Come share your thoughts and experiences on dating with us this week!

Wednesday, September 18th

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!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

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What would you like to talk about? Come and chat!

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!


Wednesday, September 11th, 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!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Circles (Friends & Allies Part II): A Safer Space Discussion

There are friends, and then there are groups of friends: friends divided into categories based on how, why, when or where you get together. Have you ever tried to integrate your friend groups? If so, how did it go? If not, why not? Last week's meeting led us to this question, and we'll use it as the jumping-off point for this week. Join us!

Wednesday, September 4th, 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!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Friends & Allies: A Safer Space Discussion

Photo by "Eastop" on sxc.hu
Our world and community is wider than the circle of folks who are the same as us. In what ways have your cis or straight friends surprised you? Have you found it easy or difficult to find allies? What resources exist for us outside of the queer community?

Wednesday, August 27th, 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 19, 2013

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion


Something on your mind? Come and chat!

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!


Wednesday, August 21st, 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!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Queer Clothing Swap This Sunday!

Please join:
and other partner organizations at a queer clothing swap!

Sunday, August 18
3:00-6:00pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St.

Clothes to swap are greatly appreciated, but not necessary.

This is a public event, but the original spark was a desire for trans* and gender variant folks to have a safe and fun space for a clothing swap. No one will be turned away or made unwelcome, but please keep in mind the focus of this event as you invite your friends.

Special thanks to Brown Elephant (http://www.howardbrown.org/hb_brownelephant.asp) for loaning us clothing racks. No clothing on the floor for us!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Realisation: A Safer Space Discussion

Society considers gender congruence to be the default, to the point where transness is often invisible (and this is reflected in the dominant trans narrative). When did you start to consider that you might not be your assigned gender? Perhaps more to the point, why? If you're cis, have you needed to question that? What did it take to get from questioning to action, or are you fighting to make that happen, wondering if it's right for you, or have decided that it's not? We know what it's like, come talk with us.

Wednesday, August 14th, 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 5, 2013

Communication: 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 this Wednesday for a safe space discussion on communication!

Wednesday, August 7th, 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!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Consent is Sexy! - Yes/No/Maybe List


Here is the Yes/No/Maybe list that was mentioned/asked for in tonight's meeting. This is, in my opinion and experience, a tremendously helpful tool for discussing consent and boundaries with someone you are getting romantic or sexual with. Although a lot of this list does deal with sexual boundaries, there are parts of it that aren't which could be useful in discussing boundaries with close friends and family (as well as sexual partners)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Consent and Boundaries: A Safer Space Discussion

Consent is getting and giving permission to do something that may make anyone uncomfortable or a way to offer help that may or may not be needed. Consent can be given for a range of activities, such as holding the door for someone to hugging to getting intimate. A lot of people don't realize how big of a deal consent can be, or rather, how big of a deal crossing a consent boundary can be. They also don't realize how easily it could be prevented in the first place.

Has there been a time when someone crossed your boundaries or done something without asking for consent? How did you respond? How did it make you feel? Did it ruin the rest of the time you shared with that person afterward? Most importantly, did you tell them how it made you feel?

Has there been a time when you crossed another person's boundaries or not asked for consent before doing something (accidentally or not)? How did they respond? How did you respond? 

How do you set boundaries with people you interact with? 

Join us for a safer space discussion on consent and boundaries! Also, feel free to check out this submission to the GqC blog titled Consent and Boundaries!

Wednesday, July 31, 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, July 22, 2013

Academia: A Safer Space Discussion

College can be a more comfortable place to explore gender and sexuality, and a large portion of queer theory comes from its halls. Alternately, academia can be about people rather than for them, insulated from the 'real world' and privilege theory over lived experience. It can be completely unavailable or essentially required (while still perhaps requiring extreme debt). Has it helped or hindered you, why did you chose to go or not to go (if it was even a choice at all)? How might this have changed? Enroll in our discussion section.

Wednesday, July 24, 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, July 14, 2013

SEX: A Safer Space Discussion


Join us for a space meeting as we discuss our favorite topic: sex and gender!!


Wednesday, July 17, 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!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

Sorry about the late notice!

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!


Wednesday, July 10, 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!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

Something on your mind? Come and chat.

If ever there's something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!


Wednesday, July 3, 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!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Exclusion: A Safer Space Discussion

Sometimes we may be excluded from things, because of the gender someone thinks you are (...whether they're right or not) or trans* status or disability or any number of other things. Even if we're not explicitly excluded, it can be implicit — being uncomfortable, or ignored, or otherwise just not fitting in. How has this affected you? What makes you feel left out? Is there anything you'e been able to do about it?

Wednesday, June 26th 
7:00pm to 8:15pm 
Center on Halsted, second floor (ask front desk for room number)

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, June 17, 2013

Games: A Safer Space Discussion

Tabletop. Platform. PC. LARP. MMO. Games are becoming an increasingly customizable experience, including gender options... and those games without the options can always be queered. How have you explored gender through games?

Wednesday, June 19th 
7:00pm to 8:15pm 
Center on Halsted, second floor (ask front desk for room number)

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, June 11, 2013

Pride: A Safer Space Discussion


Pride is upon us. 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. Let's talk about what that means for us. What does it mean to have pride in a fiercely normative society? Do you have pride? Do you not? Is it easy to cultivate your pride? What is the mainstream conception of this word? How is your experience similar? How does it differ?

Come share your thoughts, stories, and questions.

Wednesday, June 12th 
7:00pm to 8:15pm 
Center on Halsted, second floor (ask front desk for room number)

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, June 4, 2013

Open Topic! A Safer Space Discussion

Is there anything you'd like to talk about? Come and chat.

If there's ever something you think would make a good discussion topic, feel free to email genderqueerchicago@gmail.com and suggest it as a future meeting topic!

Wednesday, June 5, 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, May 27, 2013

Alcohol: A Safer Space Discussion

Appletini. Old Fashioned. Bud light. Vodka Cranberry. Bar culture plays a big role in the queer community, but in the wider world as well as among our own people, our choice of social poison is seen as just as gendered as anything else. When have you seen gender roles affect drinking culture? Has it affected yours?

Wednesday, May 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!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Home and Belonging: A Safer Space Discussion

Home isn't always where you sleep - it can also be a set of people, an activity, a certain state of mind. Or sometimes we may not feel that we belong anywhere, roofs over our heads or not. There could also be things that you do, when in a new place, to make it feel more welcoming. What do you call home? Where, when you are gone, do you intend to return?



Wednesday, May 22, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
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!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Formalwear: A Safer Space Discussion

If everyday clothing tends to be seen as gendered, formalwear and formal events are doubly so... and yet fashion is always changing. New websites and grassroots companies are giving trans and genderqueer folks more options. How do we navigate this particular aspect of gender expression?


Wednesday, May 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!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Names: A Safer Space Discussion


This week's meeting will be half an hour later than usual, 7:30-8:45 pm

Our given names often don't work, but sometimes we force them to anyway. How did you choose a new one, or decide to keep the one you already had? How does this help or hurt you?

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Wednesday, May 8, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
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, May 6, 2013

GenderTrender.org: the GOOD Gender Trender

We've received a message from the creator of GenderTrender.org, a "trans*-positive space for critical thinking about gender and sex." The site includes a Disqus forum, pages of book and film recommendations, a blog, articles and (UK-based) events.

The creator contacted us for two reasons: to tell us about the project, and to increase link traffic to the site to decrease the Google rankings of another site with the same name. This other site is filled with anti-trans* and transphobic language. For positive and critical discussion of sex and gender, remember GenderTrender.ORG.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Message from Project Fierce


Hi,

As you may know, I am part of a group of folks who is dreaming big--that we can have our own volunteer-run house for street-based LGBTQ youth without relying on that state for funding or taking money out of other great housing resources that already exist. Project Fierce Chicago is doing more than just dreaming. After a year of research, we've been recruiting volunteers and raising funds to pay for this house.

Over 175 people have responded with amazing support, offering an impressive amount of expertise, time, and donations including $7,800 of our $10,000 downpayment. 

As we enter into the last 2 days of our campaign, we want to thank everyone who has already donated and encourage anyone who is thinking about it to donate now. Please become a part of Project Fierce Chicago today by donating and sending an email to 5 people you think would love to support this project.

Solidarity and queer love,

André Pérez
Co-founder of Project Fierce Chicago

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Disclosure: A Safer Space Discussion

It can be difficult to tell people that your gender isn't what they expect, or even one that they recognise. How do you explain? When is it worth the effort, when is it more comfortable not to? How much do you need people to know, and are there ways you signal to others who might already understand?
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Wednesday, May 1, 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!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Open Topic! A Safer Space Discussion



Let's try this again, shall we?

Wednesday, April 24, 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!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tonight's Meeting CANCELLED

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We're sorry to say that tonight's meeting has been cancelled on account of severe weather. Please stay safe through the storm.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CANCELLED - Open Topic! A Safer Space Discussion about Whatever


This meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happiness: A Safe Space Discussion

"Happiness is a warm puppy" - Charles Schultz
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony" - Mohandas Gandhi
"The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pendants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid." - Ursula Le Guin


 How does your identity relate to your feelings regarding happiness? Does your conception of happiness differ from societal norms? When are you happy and why? If you're not happy now, where do you want to be for that to happen, or is that even something you're focusing on right now? Let's talk about how our identities and queerness relate to our conceptions of happiness at tonight's safe space discussion.


Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
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!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Queertopia & Queergasm - Northwestern's yearly queer conference and performance vent

Queertopia is an annual queer conference held by Northwestern's Queer Pride Graduate Student Association which will be held the 12th through the 14th at the Feinberg School of Medicine (240 E. Huron St), and Queergasm is an associated performance art event, 6:30pm the evening of the 13th at 1920 S. Campus Drive, Evanston, IL. Registration for Queertopia is free and can be found here, and event descriptions are included below.

Both events are part of Chicago Sexfest 2013, which includes events at various local venues starting tomorrow.

The Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is hosting its sixth annual queer and sexuality studies graduate student conference on April 12-14, 2013, and this year’s theme is Philosophical Investigations into Sexuality.

This year’s keynote is Patricia Marino of the University of Waterloo (http://patriciamarino.org/). Professor Marino, who primarily works on ethics, philosophy of sex, and epistemology, is currently co-President of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love.

Scholars from various philosophical traditions will be participating as well as those from other disciplines who work at the interfaces of philosophy and sexuality.


http://groups.northwestern.edu/queerpride/?page_id=279


The Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is bringing this year’s Queergasm! home to the Alvina Krause Studio in Annie May Swift Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. In conjunction with the 6th Annual Queertopia! Conference, QPGSA invites you to come eat, drink, play, and ogle during an evening of performances exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and national belonging by local and regional artists. This year Queergasm! will feature NU Performance Studies alumna Rebecca Kling, Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist Kiam Marcelo Junio, and radical drag performer Dirty Grits, among others TBA. There’s no cover, refreshments will be served at 6:30pm, performances begin at 7pm.
http://groups.northwestern.edu/queerpride/?page_id=400

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