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!

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