Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Age & Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

"I'm of the opinion that boy, man, girl, and woman are four distinct genders. Hey, I also call myself a 64 year old manand a 26 year old young woman, because that's a true statement from so many angles. But even if you disagree with me, you've got to acknowledge that systemic ageism is overwhelming each and every one of us with its rules about gender and gender expression. Men don't wear dresses. Women don't have moustaches. Boys will be boys. Girls just want to be Disney princesses. — that's just a few of them. Age is built-in to our perception and performance of gender." - Kate Bornstein

It's a common trope that genderqueer people are young; while there's been more access to terms and resources for people growing up lately, it's also an ageist way of diminishing identities and implying that we'll "grow out of it". How does your age impact your gender presentation? Has your gender changed at all throughout the years? Has your age taught you anything about gender, or has your gender(s) taught you anything about age?

Wednesday, August 20, 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!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Queer Clothing Swap August 24th!

Join Genderqueer Chicago, the Center on Halsted, Man Cave, and others for a clothing swap!

Sunday, August 24th
2 pm - 5 pm
Center on Halsted Third Floor
3656 N. Halsted St.


Bring the cool clothes that you still never wore all summer and the warm ones that won't suit you this fall and winter. Anything left over at the end will be donated, most likely to The Brown Elephant. No one will be turned away for not bringing donations. Please do not bring t-shirts, undergarments, or stained items.

Changing space will be limited, so it's best to wear things that make it easy to try on new clothes.

This will be a public event, but it is particularly for the trans* and gender-variant community to feel safe while bringing our wardrobes more in line with our identities. Everyone is welcome, but please keep the focus in mind when inviting others. Please do invite others!

We also still need some volunteers to help out with the event, doing things like setting up/taking down tables and sorting clothes as they arrive. We'd need you to show up an hour before the event and/or stay an hour after. If you can help out, please email genderqueerchicago+swap@gmail.com and let us know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Role Models: a safer space discussion

Who have you looked up to along the way? How have you been inspired or disappointed by them? Do you have any role models today, or are you just trying to be your own best example?

Wednesday, August 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!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion Today

Apologies for late notice! Bring whatever issues you've been pondering.

Wednesday, July 30, 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, July 22, 2014

Body Image: A Safer Space Discussion

Where does dysphoria end and the insecurities society pushes onto everyone begin, and how do you cope with both when they join forces?

Wednesday, July 23, 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, July 15, 2014

Yet Another Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

What's on your mind?

Wednesday, July 16, 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, July 8, 2014

STRESS: A Safer Space Discussion

There's plenty enough in the world to freak out over even before you bring gender into it, and of course none of these things stay separate. What gets to you, what helps you deal?

Wednesday, July 9, 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 24, 2014

Fluidity: A Safer Space Discussion

A splash of liquid, taking the shape of a combined gender sign
Many of us have experienced changes in how we view our genders even beyond the whole self-discovery and coming out process, whether they are slow shifts over years or daily experiences. Could be internal feelings or driven be external influences, but regardless we're at odds with society and narratives that want us to remain fixed and always know. Has this affected you? How do you, or don't you, attempt to fit?

Wednesday, June 25, 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, June 18, 2014

Media Part Two, Take Two: a safer space discussion


The relationship between the gender variant community and the media hasn't always been a good one, though some folks would say that it's getting better with rising visibility and positive representation Let's continue our discussion from two weeks ago but focus it more on print media: newspapers, books, zines, comics, and pretty much anything else you can physically hold that isn't on a digital screen.

Wednesday, June 18th, 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, June 11, 2014

REMINDER: Help keep GqC continue to be a safe space!

Just a friendly reminder to all who enter our safe space, old and new:

Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it, however it takes effort on EVERYONE'S part to help ensure that. We have several working agreements in place that we ask attendees to adhere to. Those who do not take into consideration these working agreements can, and may (depending on the severity of the infraction), be asked to leave the space temporarily or permanently. Our working agreements (for both the blog and our physical space) can be found here, but for your convenience they are posted below:

The Blog
In keeping with our commitment to maintaining safe spaces for our community, Genderqueer Chicago will not publish any submission or comment deemed hate speech.  This can include any statement that is blatantly transphobic, racist, ableist, sexist, classist, xenophobic, homophobic, ageist. etc.  Likewise, any submission or comment that references non-consensual violent acts committed against people or animals will not be published.

Posting:  The Genderqueer Chicago Organizing Team reserves the right not to publish anything deemed offensive, malicious, irrelevant to the community, or otherwise inappropriate.  Business advertisements and messages (as in candidates and elections) will not be published.  All blog submissions are read by our organizing team.  If a submission is deemed unacceptable for publishing (including irrelevant to the community), organizers will notify the author by e-mail.  Author may re-submit pieces with edits.

All blog submissions should be original in content and not under copyright law. Submissions should include a title and publishing name.  Submissions to the GqC blog may be used by their author for other purposes.  Submissions should not be used by readers without explicit permission from the author (GqC organizers can help facilitate this). Submissions that non-consensually out people or use their names will not be posted. 

Submissions that are exceptionally long should be published in parts.

Comments:  All comments are approved by GqC admins and are screened in accordance with aforementioned posting policy.  Any comment deemed offensive, hateful, or inappropriate will be deleted.  

Comments that do not blatantly violate the posting policy but could be deemed offensive to the author or others, will be forwarded to the author for approval.  The author will have the final call as to whether or not a discriminatory remark is published.

Safe Space Meetings
Safe Space Meetings are run by peer facilitators. Our working agreements for safe spaces currently include:

- Consent for touching: ask before you touch someone else. 
- One Diva, One Mic: respect folks by not interrupting.
- Don't assume: we respect each other by trying not to assume anything about anyone's identity, gender or otherwise.
- Las Vegas Rule: what is said in GqC meetings, cannot be repeated outside of the space.
- Oops/ Ouch: if someone says something you find hurtful, you can say "ouch." They then say "oops" and we all work it out, either during or after the meeting.
- Respect everyone's name/ pronoun preference inside and outside the space. Check in with folks about names/pronouns so you don't accidentally out them.
- Own It: To keep things in perspective, try and speak from your own experiences using "I" phrases. 

Please note: researchers and reporters are strictly forbidden from attending meetings in their professional capacities. However, inquiries can be directed to genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.  

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