Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Isolation

A black and white charcoal drawing of a shadowy figure in a dark room facing a window frame. The other side of the window is much brighter.

There's a difference between being alone, and being lonely. Sometimes gender, both as experienced and as perceived can affect what opportunities we have to be social and what it looks like when we do. Tonight we are going to chat about how to find (or make) those opportunities and reduce isolation. Some questions to consider:
What are times when you are surrounded by people but still feel lonely?
How much social interaction do you need to thrive, and what does that look like?
What are some things people do (or you wish they did) that make you feel included?
How do you know when you are a welcome part of a group?

The silly question will be: "Without explanation, what's your favorite nickname?"
Wednesday, March 8th, 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!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trans Figures in Entertainment

For the past few weeks we have been focusing on public figures or pieces of media who go and say bigoted things while creating content of some sort that we appreciate in other ways. Let's instead shift our focus to the media created by and for trans people and queer people. In this month containing Trans Day of Visibility, who is visible? Who is able to be visible? Who do we appreciate being visible? What media reflects ourselves? What doesn't? Whose voices are missing? What tropes would we appreciate radio silence from? Where can we find glimmers of ourselves in older media? What media was surprisingly uplifting?

More questions and conversations to come during the meeting to be sure.

Silly Question: What is one thing kept in your living space you want to be more visible in the GQC space (or Chicago, or the world depending on comfort)?
Wednesday, March 8th, 7:00pm to 9 pm 
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!

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