Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Assumptions: A Safer Space Discussion


Regardless of who you are, people are going to make assumptions about you: your personality, your tastes, your identity. Some of these assumptions we may view as reasonable (that i'm about to allude about assumptions about gender, for example) and some less so (such as ACTUAL assumptions about gender). Let's get together and talk about the ways that assumptions affect us, positively and negatively. What are some assumptions you find yourself repeatedly facing? How do you deal with these assumptions?

Wednesday, January 30th, 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!th

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Advice: A Safer Space Discussion

There are things that we wish we could've learned earlier. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell them? Do you think they'd listen? Would you try to impart answers or leave cryptic hints to be figured out on their own? How is it different when talking with someone else? Come talk with us, this Wednesday.



Wednesday, January 23rd, 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, January 17, 2013

Trans Prisoner 'Zine update from TJLP

Hello fabulous supporters of TJLP! 

We are emailing you because TJLP is currently looking for 2-3 regular volunteers who can dedicate three hours per week to helping with the second volume of Hidden Expressions, a 'zine created by and for incarcerated transgender and gender non-conforming peoplePlease read the first volume here, and see the attached flier for a more detailed description of the project! We are excited to say that we have received over 100 incredible submissions so far, and we receive an average of five more per week. The main crew working on this project currently includes three volunteers who are incarcerated, as well as one collective member and two volunteers on the outside, but given the overwhelming response we've received, we need more people power! 

Some of the tasks we need help with include: 
  1. reading, appreciation, photocopying, and archiving all of our earth-shattering submissions
  2. corresponding with the fierce trans folks who write to us while incarcerated
  3. supporting fundraising efforts
If any of these sound interesting to you, then we'd love to meet with you in person to talk about what you can do to help us make this publication happen! The 'Zine Crew typically meets in the TJLP office in Uptown on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30pm-9:00pm. If you are interested, please email Lark Mulligan, at lark@tjlp.org, and include a few sentences describing yourself, why you are interested in Hidden Expressions, and what you'd like to do to help. Thank you so much for your revolutionary support, and we hope you are well! 


In Solidarity,

Shaylanna, Kierra, Monica, and Lark
TJLP 'Zine Crew

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Make Good Art: A Safer Space Discussion


How do we express or exorcise what we can't otherwise? Whether through the written word or visual arts, humor or pathos, 'mainstream' or radical channels, art is often the answer. Let's get together and talk about creating beautiful things.

Wednesday, January 16th, 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, January 6, 2013

Bureaucracies: A Safer Space Discussion


Sometimes, bureaucracies aren't equipped to handle our identities. Maybe the form at the doctor's office doesn't allow us to represent our identity. Or someone at the DMV insists on using pronouns that are incongruous with our presentation. This can be especially frustrating because often when we deal with bureaucracies we have limited options whereas with friends, coworkers and families we have chances to explain our identities and have them respected and understood. Some bureaucracies such as TSA even flag non-binary presentations  or gender presentations not matching identification, as being suspicious and meriting extended screening. Genderqueer Chicago invites discussion about the range of experience people have had dealing with bureaucracy in relation to identity and presentation.


Wednesday, January 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!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Trans Prisoner 'Zine -- Call for Contributions!


Dear TJLP allies and lovers of liberation,

In February of 2012, we published the first volume of Hidden Expressions, a ‘zine compiling artwork, essays, poetry, and how-to-guides created by and for incarcerated transgender people (please download and distribute the online version here!). Now, we are excited to announce that we are officially collecting contributions for the second volume! The goal of this project is to showcase fabulous creative work from transgender and gender nonconforming people who are currently or have been incarcerated, and who would like to share their talents and wisdom with other trans folks looking for community and support. Once it’s published, it will primarily be distributed to folks who are incarcerated, as well as their communities on the outside. We must receive all submissions before February 14, 2013 in order for them to be considered

Please see the attached documents for a flier describing the project and how to contribute, as well as a two-page consent form that contributors must be complete and return to TJLP along with their submissions. Please distribute these to everyone you think may be interested! 

We are relying on small personal donations to partially cover the cost of postage and printing for this volume, so please consider sending checks, cash, and/or stamps to the Transformative Justice Law Project at 4707 N. Broadway, Suite 307 / Chicago, IL 60640. Please write directly to TJLP at the above address, or email PrisonerZineProject@TJLP.org with any questions, feedback, or submissions. The love, inspiration, and support that we have received from our communities is what will feed the long and beautiful life of this ‘zine, and we can’t wait to see what the next volume brings! 

In Solidarity and With Excitement,

Shaylanna, Kierra, Monica, and Lark
TJLP ‘Zine Crew

ABOUT HIDDEN EXPRESSIONS
As an organization devoted to Prison Abolition, Gender Self-Determination, and Transformative Justice, TJLP seeks to promote dialogue and community building over state-run responses to violence. We believe that the legal system disproportionately causes harm to gender nonconforming people -- particularly those who are low-income, undocumented, living with disabilities, and of color -- in the form of things like police profiling and gender-segregated prisons. This ‘zine is a tangible expression of our organization’s mission of connecting people on the inside to their families, communities, and the larger Prison Abolition movement. It is not only a response to the violence and isolation that the legal system forces onto transgender people every day, but also a celebration of the beauty, agency, and fierce creativity of incarcerated trans people. TJLP provides the resources (paper, printing, postage, etc.) and the people-power to put it together, but the content of the ‘zine is created entirely by and for transgender and gender nonconforming folks who are formerly or currently incarcerated in facilities across the United States. We hope this ‘zine can be an expression of what is really happening with trans people on the inside, including their dreams, struggles, artistic visions, and strategies for survival. We are deeply inspired by these artists, writers, and revolutionaries, and want to celebrate their resilience and resistance!

ABOUT TJLP
We are a volunteer collective of radical lawyers, activists, social workers, and community organizers based in Chicago, IL who provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street-based transgender and gender non-conforming people. Central to our work are the values of gender self-determination, a long-term goal of prison abolition, and transformative justice models as necessary alternatives to U.S. systems of mass incarceration. Visit www.tjlp.org for more information.

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