Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ableism: A Safer Space Discussion

There's a problem with safe space in the LGBTQIA community: a lot of them aren't accessible. And when we try to express our needs, when we ask for accommodations so that we can share our unique voices with the rest of the LGBTQIA community, we're told that we're entitled- so the question is, how much do our voices really matter? In what other ways are disabled people silenced? What is a safe space, really, and who is welcome there?

This topic deals with the voices of physically disabled members of the trans and wider LGBTQIA community. It is part of an ongoing discussion about intersectionality.

Wednesday, June 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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Playfulness: A Safer Space Discussion

Everyone agrees that gender is a very serious thing, but as actual people who actually have to live our lives, we can't be serious all the time. What role does playfulness have in our expression, our advocacy, our identities, and our lives? Is there anything that we shouldn't or can't be playful about? What are ways to be playful, and what is its value?

Wednesday, June 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, June 9, 2015

Neurodivergence and Mental Health: A Safer Space Discussion

One of the many stressful parts of dealing with gender is dealing with people who believe that our genders are mental disorders. So what do we do when our brains really do work differently than the social prototype? How do neurodivergent and gender-variant experiences reinforce or conflict with each other? And as always, how do we make an environment that is healthy and open to those experiences?

Wednesday, June 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!

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