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.  

Media Part 2: Print - 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 11th, 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, June 2, 2014

DIY: a safer space discussion

Photo by Peter Skadberg
Due to a lack of commercial options, queer and gender-non-conforming folks with access to instruction often turn to DIY: Do-It-Yourself. We develop self-reliant skills and also share them with others. Some even turn it into a business to get those options out into the market. What's your current project? What have you been learning, what would you still like to learn? What have been your roadblocks? Let's talk about how queers are doin' it for ourselves.

Wednesday, June 4, 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, May 27, 2014

Media: 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 in television, cinema, and online. What do you think about the community's relationship with the media? How do you think it can be improved? Has it affected your personal life or actions in any way?

Wednesday, May 28, 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, May 20, 2014

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

Apologies for the delay! What would you like to talk about?

Wednesday, May 21, 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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