Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Open Topic

Last week's post wasn't listed due to personal circumstances, but as was listed in the sidebar we discussed making friends. Tonight's meeting will have an open topic, and next Wednesday's meeting will be about New Year's resolutions and planning for what we'd like to see for GQC in the new year.

The silly question will be: "If you had to design a candle based on your (potential lack of) gender(s), what would it smell like?"

Wednesday,  December 21st, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 6, 2016

Making Friends



Meeting people and making friends in the winter can be hard. Making friends, in general, can be hard. It takes practice and patience navigating and negotiating humans and intimacy of any kind. Sometimes the stakes can feel even higher when it is someone who is just a platonic friend. When do you tell a new cool person your pronouns, or do they already know them? Will work friends and queer friends mix well? Let's talk about friendships.

The silly question is: "What is a story about friendship you think about fondly?"
Wednesday,  December 7th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, November 30, 2016

Winter Blues



Now it's getting to be the time of year where the sun sets in the afternoon and it's not uncommon for people to get a little wilty, some to the degree that it's Seasonal Affective Disorder. As the weather gets colder there are fewer opportunities to comfortably be outside, and snow adds an extra element of danger while traveling for those of us with mobility issues. However cold weather brings a break from some potentially stressful situations: There are very few pool parties and beach days during Chicago winter, and when we're all bundled up under 17 layers, everyone's gender presentation is "warm". Tonight we'll chatting about how we can avoid unwanted isolation, check in with ourselves about depression, and what else we need to thrive during the upcoming season.

The silly question is: "What would be in your ideal blanket fort?"
Wednesday, December 30th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Tactics

Edited to add a notice!: Helpful tips from today's discussion will be collected, de-identified, and posted on the blog and the Facebook group. Anyone has the option for their personal contribution to not be posted, at their discretion. 

Holidays are times when some of us have to interact with blood relatives who are less than supportive and sometimes flat out hostile. It's often a mix between affirming some parts of your identity while denying others, and the nuances make things complicated. Some of us live with or near them and have to navigate those relationships all year long, and some of us do not have relationships with them at all. Some questions to consider answers to for tonight's topic:


  • How and when, if at all, do you talk to someone you love if they say something that hurts you? 
  • How and when, if at all, do you talk to someone you depend on emotionally, logistically, or financially if they say something that hurts you? 
  • What does confrontation look like for you? 
  • What are some of the things that help you feel grounded during the holidays? 
  • What alternatives have you found for when being around blood relatives isn't a financial or emotional option? 
  • How do you take care of yourself after being in an emotionally escalated situation?
The Southern Poverty Law Center posted a guide to addressing possible scenarios called Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry that I feel has some good scripts to start from. There are also more specific resources and events in Chicago for talking to families with specific religious and/or cultural backgrounds.

The silly question is: What's the last thing you really looked forward to?

Next week's topic will be an open topic. In addition, there will be a small gathering at a private residence on the 24th for those of us who have been to a GQC meeting before and want somewhere to be on that day. Location is to be announced, we're still working out the accessibility of different options. For details, accessibility needs, dietary restrictions, and other questions, feel free to email us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com or talk to a moderator at a meeting.




Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 8, 2016

TDOR and You



     First, an apology for the last two meetings not having a blog post. They were announced on the Facebook page as cancelled due to Cubs games over safety concerns, but unfortunately that was not posted here for those who don't follow the group there. Changes have been made so that topics can be announced much earlier to allow members more time to plan accordingly, and will go into effect within the week, and they will be cross-posted on both platforms

     The topic for the upcoming meeting will be focused on Transgender Day of Remembrance. Because of the emotionally charged nature of the day, the discussion will have content warnings for transphobia, transmisogyny, assault, death, murder, and suicide, as these are likely to come up in the conversation. As a reminder, one of our working agreements is "Escape Route", which allows for any member to leave the room at any point and return at any point, no questions asked, and could come especially handy should the conversation become overwhelming at any point. The actual day of TDOR is November 20th, and Center on Halsted will have an event that evening in observance.

The silly question will be "What's the oddest thing you've overheard?"


Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, October 5, 2016

Open Topic

Today we're going to have an open topic. Bring us anything interesting or important that's happened within the week, either inside or outside of the space. Let's talk about it!

Silly Question: What animal do you act like the most?

Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 13, 2016

Topic: Education

Some of us are in school and some of us are not. Presumably all of us have experience with some form of education. Let's talk about being trans in school. Being in school before we knew we were gender nonconforming or nonbinary. Being in school while we were figuring out gender. What kind of education do we want people to have about gender and trans folks? What kind of information should be dispersed to the wider public? What do fellow trans people still need to learn? What do we still need to learn? Bring your thoughts, yourself, your experiences, and your wisdom.

Silly question: What's something you learned in the past 24 hours?

Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 6, 2016

Recharging

It can be a common experience for genderqueer folk that the jobs we get are not always the most affirming spaces we could imagine. Even if those spaces are not actively harmful our process of recovering from aggressively normative spaces can be unique to us. Let's talk about how we recharge and when we recharge as genderqueer/nonbinary/gender nonconforming folks.

Silly Question: What kind of charging device would you be? (Horse? Sling shot? One of those wind up cars? iPhone?)

Wednesday, September 7th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 30, 2016

Patience

Have you ever had to wait for something that you felt you couldn't wait for? What strategies do you use to keep your mind at ease in times of high stress? What lessons have you learned through waiting? Have you found waiting to be a burden or life's way of preparing you for great futures?

The silly question will be: What is your favorite scented marker smell?

Wednesday, August 31st, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, August 24, 2016

Responsibility: A Safer Space Discussion

     As a child, I thought the best thing about being an adult would be that no one could tell me what to do. Three bowls of chocolate sauce covered marshmallows for dinner and a late posted GQC discussion topic later, I realize sometimes the worst thing about being an adult is when no one can tell me what to do. The more independently I can live from other people, the more agency I have in making decisions. For me, this affects what coming out to my parents looked like, or how I decide to express my gender at work or school, or if I ask someone to stop doing something that makes me uncomfortable. I'd like to discuss how we navigate when to take on more responsibility for how our actions impact others, and how to recognize when we take too much responsibility and don't allow others as much opportunity to contribute. I look forward to chatting with everyone tonight!

-Reynard

Wednesday, August 24th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 15, 2016

Body Language: A Safer Space Discussion

Nonverbal communication forms the basis of many snap judgement and first impressions. Let's consider how the body language we use in our different cultures is read by those around us. Do you often find that you "manspread" on public transportation (please stop), tuck your hair behind your ears, or steeple your hands when you think? How do you commonly greet close friends versus strangers, and has this changed over time? Feel free to join us this Wednesday for our regular discussion group meeting to chat about this, and more. 

Also, next Sunday, August 21st, we are hosting a clothing swap from 2-4 pm at the Center on Halsted .(3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60613). Donations wishing to be made prior to the Swap can be coordinated with Genderqueer Chicago by emailing us at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com. All clothes remaining after the Swap will be donated to The Brown Elephant.


Wednesday, August 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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gatherings: A Safer Space Discussion

From gatherings of folks who all go to museums on free museum days together to conferences like the Philadelphia Trans Health conference, gatherings of all shapes and sizes affect our lives as genderqueer, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and trans folks. What are some gatherings that you really value? What gatherings affect us here in Chicago whether we are a part of them or not? What gatherings do you feel welcome joining? What do you wish more gatherings would do to be accommodating of our needs? Let's talk about it together.


Wednesday, August 10th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 31, 2016

Art: A Safer Space Discussion

How has your understanding of art changed - consuming it and creating it - as your understanding of gender has changed? Come and discuss with us!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 27, 2016

Family: A Safer Space Discussion

Family means a lot of things to us, especially in the queer community, and the trans community. We have biological families, extended families, adopted families, chosen families, all sort of families. Come this week to talk about all the iterations of family and how we function within each one.


Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 20, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

Hello everybody,
This week we're having an open topic, so you can come by and talk about anything you might be thinking of. What's up? Let us know. :)

Wednesday, July 20th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 12, 2016

Gender Domains

What is our domain? What are the spaces that belong to genderqueer, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks. Are there any spaces that belong to us? Gay bars? Specific coffee shops? Pockets of online dating? Let's talk about it. See if we can come up with more questions.

Wednesday, July 13th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 5, 2016

Myth: A Safer Space Discussion

What myths do you tell yourselves and others in order to survive, and which do you propagate in order to make life easier? What myths that you tell yourselves are bad? How do you separate myth from truth? Other questions about myths? We'll discuss.

Wednesday, June 29th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 28, 2016

Pride: A Safer Space Discussion

Pride weekend is just behind us, and many of us took part in the festivities. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about pride? Which events did we participate in and why? How do we relate to the ideas behind pride?

Wednesday, June 29th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, June 19, 2016

Social Anxiety: A Safer Space Discussion

Social anxiety is an issue that most of us deal with in one form or another. For this Wednesday, June 22nd, we're discussing how the state of being gender variant in our current society informs and affects social anxiety, and everything surrounding that. This includes coping mechanisms, individual experiences, and anything else that's applicable.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, June 13, 2016

Open Topic

In light or recent events we are offering an open topic for Wednesday, June 15th to allow the Genderqueer Chicago community to process together. If we decide as a group that having some direction and distraction is preferable, then the intended topic for today was "Queer Takeover" where we would discuss ideas for businesses unrelated to gender and trans issues where every major decision is decided by trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks. This is a reminder that Genderqueer Chicago has resources to be a discussion space and does not have as many resources to be a support group. We do understand that all queer spaces will be a space for support especially at this moment in history.
Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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, June 5, 2016

Genderqueer Clothing Swap

This Wednesday, instead of a topic, we will host the Genderqueer Clothing Swap at the regular meeting time (7:00-8:15) at the Center where you can bring your clothes and look or simply select from the pile. We'll be donating leftover clothes to the Brown Elephant as well.
The same day, the Center will also be hosting a Trans Inclusive Ice Cream Social from 6:00-8:00.

Wednesday, June 8th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 31, 2016

Dating while Genderqueer: A Safer Space Discussion

Navigating the dating scene is hard, whether you're being set up, dating online, or something else. But dating as a trans person, especially off the binary, can be even more difficult. So let's all get together and share our experience with this beast.

Wednesday, June 1st, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 24, 2016

Photographs: A Safer Space Discussion

Selfie culture is kind of neat because it puts the subject of the picture in control of if and how they want to be seen. Part of promoting the visibility of the genderqueer and nonbinary community is negotiating how we feel about us being... well, visible. 
This coming meeting we plan on sharing our thoughts about:
  • older existing photos
  • how context affects how we feel about being in pictures
  • being photographed versus selfies
Also, we are planning on having more events outside the Center on Halsted. We have the Vegas Rule for inside the Center, we should talk about what kind of policy we would like regarding taking pictures at outside events and how to affirm consent or not. 

-Reynard

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202)
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 17, 2016

Taking the lead: A Safer Space Discussion

Sometimes, in order to accomplish our goals, we must take the lead. Taking the lead can take many forms and there are subtle and not so subtle ways to do so. What ways do you lead other towards treating you correctly, become a role model to your respective community members, lead spaces into safer discourse, etc? What does taking lead look like to you?

Wednesday,May 18th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, May 8, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

After two weeks of discussing how to make the group function better, it's time for us to get back to discussions about other things. What was requested last week was more open topics. So this week, OPEN TOPIC! We can talk about anything on anyone's mind. It might be heavy, it might be fun, but it will definitely shift a lot. Come by and speak your mind.


Wednesday,May 11th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, May 4, 2016

Group Check-in Pt. 2: A Safer Space Discussion

Every few months, we like to check in on the group to see what's working and what's not. Are there things that you'd like to see the moderators do in the future? Are there any topics that you'd like us to do? We want to serve the group as best we can and this meeting we can come together to assess our needs and aspirations for the group as a unit. 

Wednesday, May 5th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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 13, 2016

What I'm Not: A Safer Space Discussion

One of Genderqueer Chicago's goals is promotion of visibility for genderqueer and nonbinary people. This is complicated because the labels mean different things for different people. Tonight we'll try to clarify what that could mean for us individually by using process of elimination to at least figure out what we aren't.


Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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 6, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

It's time we heard from the members of our group! This topic is open for anyone, can go in any direction, can be heavy or light or somewhere in the middle. Bring your best ideas tonight!



Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, March 30, 2016

Visibility: A Safer Space Discussion

What does being visible mean to your? Who do you consider yourself visible to? Although there have been great strides for trans and gender non conforming folks in the last few years towards becoming more visible, we're still not done. There are many who are unaccounted for. How do you think the community can better serve you?

Wednesday, March 29rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, March 23, 2016

Allies: A Safer Space Discussion

Allies can come in various forms. A coffee barista that respects your pronouns, parents, peers and mentors. What do the best forms of allyship look like to you? How have the people in your life made you feel more welcome in there spaces?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, March 16, 2016

Spring Cleaning: A Safer Space Discussion

It's finally not awful outside! Now that the weather is getting a little nicer I figured it's time for some spring cleaning. I've taken an inventory of some stuff I've internalized about being nonbinary and I am working on knocking it off. Swing by tonight and let's chat about what bad habits we are ready to break and baggage we are ready to let go.

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, March 9, 2016

Where Do You Fit In? A Safer Space Discussion

In our community and out of our community, as trans people, this is an important question for us. Where do you fit in? Where do you want to fit in? Have you ever forced yourself to fit somewhere you just didn't belong? What happened? How do you know when you fit?

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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 1, 2016

Open Topic: A Safer Space Discussion

Our last few weeks have been on the heavier side, so I thought this week we'd lighten it up with an open topic. We can talk about anything that's pressing, anything people are thinking of or feeling. Come ready!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, February 24, 2016

Substance Abuse: A Safer Space Discussion

Substance abuse is a huge issue in the trans community. Approximately 25% of trans people have an issue with substance abuse. It's important to recognize when having fun becomes dependence, when partying becomes a problem. Tonight we're going to be discussing options for recovery and living without substances, and comparing experiences.

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, February 17, 2016

Staying in Your Lane: A Safer Space Discussion

What does "staying in one's lane" entail? How do you see yourself being an ally to a hero that you do not belong? We'd like to know how you see yourself as part of change brought on by oppressed groups speaking out.

Note: this discussion will feature a screening of Kendrick Lamar's Grammy performance and Beyoncé's 2016 Superbowl performance.

Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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, February 10, 2016

Me, Myself, and I: A Safer Space discussion

Self-esteem can be really hard. Not coming from or being in a supportive environment makes it hard to develop confidence and accurately judge what makes us marginally decent  awesome. So tonight, we'll take a step back from criticizing ourselves and recognize what we have been making an effort on, how we'be directly or indirectly helped others, and what we hope to offer.

Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor Room 202
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

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Heads Up: Shoes

So as a follow up to the clothing discussion, here are some websites that sell shoes gendered as feminine in harder to find sizes. All of the sizes listed are American sizes in Women's.

Alonai has shoes up to size 14, selection starts at $20, doesn't carry wide sizes

Long Tall Sallys I think Barefoot Tess is also part of them. They carry up to size 15, have some shoes in the $25-$50 range, and carry wide sizes

Payless carries super cheap shoes up to size 13, in wide. They regularly have $15 shoes, tons of sales, and I've seen it as low as $5. Not great quality, but good value if you're on a budget.

Torrid shoes run about $25, carries widespread, up to size 13. This is a good place to look for boots if you have larger calves.

Zappos carries up to size 20 ($50) but has much cheaper shoes up to size 14. They carry every width of foot, have a very specifically detailed selection options (color/design/decorative elements), and heel sizes. Definitely the biggest selection.





These last two sites have a targeted selection and seem to be more sexually oriented.

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Le Dame The tagline for this site is "Women's shoes in men's sizes". It was endorsed by RuPaul's drag race. They are expensive, $85+, have up to size 15, don't carry wides, and the shoes are mostly patent leather pumps. They only have a couple of styles.

Banana Shoes This is NSFW. There's lingerie and stuff for sale on this site as well. It's based in the UK, has up to US size 17, carries wides, and the cheapest price without shipping is $27.


-Co-Moderator Reynard

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dress for Success in Any Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

SMALL SCALE CLOTHING SWAP TONIGHT!!
Whatever gender we are, fashion for specific instances can be confusing. What is work appropriate? How do I go about dressing up? What cut of jeans will work best for me? How do I do this?!
Tonight, we'll help each other out while exchanging clothes. All leftover clothes will go to the Brown Elephant, proceeds to Howard Brown.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 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 27, 2016

Boundaries: A Safer Space Discussion

Sometimes people can be so excited and intrigued by our identities that they forget we are people and forget their manners. Some point and stare while others ask really invasive questions. How do you set and enforce your boundaries? 

Wednesday, January 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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mindfulness: A Safer Space Discussion

Tonight's topic is "Mindfulness".

How do you keep yourself steady and present in the heart and now? Do you have techniques that work for you? Do you feel comfortable with techniques that you currently use?

Wednesday, January 20th, 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 13, 2016

Presentation: A Safer Space Discussion

How we present ourselves to the world is greatly important. How do you represent your gender to the world? What does your look mean to you? How do you want the world to read you?

Wednesday, January 13th, 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 6, 2016

Starting Fresh: A Safer Space Discussion

With New Year's behind us, we all have the opportunity to have a bit of a fresh start. Are there ways in which you see yourself growing this year? What ways have you already changed?



Wednesday, December 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!

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