Thursday, March 28, 2013

New trans/genderqueer poetry anthology

jjb writes:

Hi local trans/genderqueer family!  

I am so excited to announce the release of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, just published this week by Nightboat Books!  Here is a link to Nightboat's order page for the book; it will soon also be available for individual or retailer order through SPD (Small Press Distribution).  If you are a trans/genderqueer poet, fan of poetry, or a trans/genderqueer/queer bookstore owner (or ally!), you won't want to miss this book! I am absolutely ecstatic to be included in this incredibly diverse anthology--it just crackles with power!  And it's HUGE.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A message from our friends at TJLP


Greetings Supporters of the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois! 
We are very excited to announce that we will be representing a client in our first petition for Executive Clemency on April 10, 2013.  In order to make our advocacy in this important case as zealous and impactful as possible, we need your help!  We are asking for community members, allies, abolitionists, and transprisoner-advocates on the outside to join us for the following:
1) A Teach-In about the case, our client, and the Executive Clemency process on Friday April 5, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm
AND
2) The Clemency Hearing itself on April 10, 2013 at 9am in Chicago’s Loop (however we ask that you commit to arriving no later than 8:30am). 
Because of the sensitive nature of this case, we will let you know the details and locations of the Teach-In and Hearing after you contact us. 
To sign up for the Teach-In and Clemency Hearing, please email us at courtsupport@tjlp.org
THANK YOU!!! 

The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

A note from GQC: For those who don't know, legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com has a decent short explanation of what 'Executive Clemency' is.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fear: a safer space discussion


photo by Jesse Therrien.
At times, it's a logical defense mechanism keeping us alert to dangers. At others, it's a nasty little imp sitting in the back of our minds, making us too paralyzed to act. What are you afraid of? Have you ever conquered a fear? Come talk with us this Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 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!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Beauty: A Safer Space Discussion


Gender and beauty are sometimes linked. How do you express your own beauty? What else is beautiful to you? Does that have anything to do with your gender choice or experience? Has your experience with gender changed what you see as beautiful? Let's fill the room with beautiful people and talk beauty!

Wednesday, March 20, 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, March 12, 2013

Self-Care: A Safer Space Discussion

There are many things we can do when we're feeling out of sorts to help get back to a better place - creating, composing, socialising, meditating, and the like. There may also be others that seem to help but don't, or even make things worse. What works for you? What doesn't? Come share with and learn from the rest of the group.


Wednesday, March 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!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Hair: a safer space discussion

Hair! We've all got it: on our heads, arms, legs, chest... or not. We shave it, wax it, laser it off... or not. We style and dye it as we see fit, though sometimes we make concessions to the norm. Let's talk about one of the easiest forms of self-expression and the occasional frustrations that come along with it.


Wednesday, March 6th, 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!

Trans Oral History Project coming to Chicago!

Members of the Trans Oral History Project will be at ZineFest on March 8th-9th. Look below for more info on that and other upcoming events:

Chicago ZineFest- We will be tabling with zines by transgender authors. Come out and support the project by purchasing some of our print collection March 8-9th.
Color of Change Community Summit- Some members of our Chicago crew will be interviewing queer activists of color in Michigan April 12-14th. Let us know if you plan on being there and want to hook up.
Philadelphia Queer Media Series- Helxy Chase will be presenting on panel about Archives, Affects & Activism: Preserving Queer & Trans Histories April 20th 7-9pm
Iowa State University--We're going to be setting up an multimedia installation and teaching a workshop about LGBT movement building in April. Dates TBA.

Volunteer Opportunities
Youtube Crew will produce 5-minute preview clips with highlights from our 45-75 min interviews. There will be one or two videos for each interview. These will be more "quick and dirty" for our Youtube channel and will include a small soundtrack, some b-roll, but will mostly be direct footage of people talking.

Educator's ToolKit Crew who will be working on 10-15 minute videos in more of a varietie documentary style. They will potentially include more b-roll, stock footage, infographics, etc. and generally be more of a finished product.

If you wan tot get involved with anything, contact us at transoralhistory@gmail.com

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