Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Boundaries, Part 2 + The Agenda for the Rest of April

Last week we had such a rich discussion that we decided to continue the topic through this week!

Coming up next:

April 19th - Open Topic: We talk about whatever comes up! On open topic days we also like to acknowledge the birthdays of members during that month. If you let the moderator know, you'll receive a nifty gift bag.

April 26th - Autism Acceptance Month: We have a number of members who identify as being on the autism spectrum, so it'd be neat to chat about how autism can affect all of our experiences, and what it looks like to be and/or interact with autistic people as we explore gender. For people who are not familiar with autism, a good organization to check out is the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Rebecca Burgess created a comic that addresses perceptions around the "spectrum" part of autism spectrum. As there is "cisgender" to describe people who are not "transgender", the term "neurotypical"(NT)  emerged from within the autism community to describe people who are not autistic. This has later expanded to include others who do not neurologically develop in a typical way, such as people with AD/HD and/or dyslexia with the term "neurodivergent". Lydia XZ Brown has written on the experience of being "gendervague", a term that addresses a "neurodivergent experience of trans/gender identity".




Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00pm to 9 pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202, let the people at the desk on the 2nd floor know you are there for GQC and they will buzz you in)
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, April 4, 2017

Boundaries

We learn about a lot of different boundaries as we grow up. Bodily boundaries, financial boundaries, emotional boundaries, time boundaries, many others. This awareness of boundaries can often be heightened and often more confusing when we add gender into the mix. Boundaries are assumed, neglected, twisted, or otherwise disrespected. Let's talk about boundaries. How do we set boundaries? With others? With ourselves? With our work? With our family? What makes a good boundary? Have your boundaries change over time? What has stayed the same?

All this and more! Come hang out!

Silly Question: What are you most excited for now that it is spring?
Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00pm to 9 pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 202, let the people at the desk on the 2nd floor know you are there for GQC and they will buzz you in)
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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