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!

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