What Flavor Are You?

Today there’s a food centered event held by the Center on Halsted, so feel free to stop by before GQC and nab something and meet some people.

Just in case some new folks wander in, we’re going to do something basic and check in if there are any labels people have been exploring, what flags people might be trying out, and other ways we can communicate who we are.

Wednesday, June 13th, 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!

May Blanket Fort

This Wednesday is Blanket Fort Day! Once every two months we scrounge up some clean blankets and sheets and build a blanket fort for our meeting! The topic is an open topic. For an open topic we can talk about shorter topics that might not be good for a whole meeting. Or if people wanted to talk more about a topic we had already done in the previous month we can talk about that. Come and bring your blankets, your carabiners, your rope, your clothes pins and come hang out with us.

Wednesday, May 30th, 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!

Defensive Maneuvers

What are some things you do to avoid uncomfortable or unsafe situations? How do you prepare for difficult conversations? Do you always have a back-up plan, or are you more of a shoot-from-the-hip kind of person? What’s the most surprising positive outcome you’ve experienced so far?

Wednesday, May 16th, 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!

Reading Your Audience

Meeting people where they are can involve trying a variety of approaches. What sorts of explanations around gender have worked for you? Do you prefer charts with facts and figures, or giving examples and metaphors? What successes have you had, and what would you do differently?

 

Wednesday, May 2nd, 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!

Rituals and Routines

Do you have a favorite food spot you like to go to? Is there a process you go through when some dysphoria comes up? Do you have any gender routines? Do you want one? A ritual can be as simple as taking off your coat whenever you get inside. Or as complicated as always making a particularly intricate recipe every Sunday. Share your rituals and routines as they relate to gender, your life, or anything else you have on your mind. Are there some rituals you want to leave behind? Let’s talk about it!

Wednesday, April 18th, 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!

Media Representation

What with the recent Oscar win and a whole world of media updating constantly, it seems like a good time to share our thoughts about queer and trans representation in the media. Are there any recent media trends that seem comforting? Any that are concerning? Did you find representation in a place you didn’t expect? Let’s collect all the new TV shows, and theatre, and video games and the like! We have done similar things in the past and the amount of stuff out there tends to be surprising.

Think about your favorites!

Wednesday, March 7th, 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!

Topic Topic!

This is gonna be the topic where we discuss the topics we want to happen for the year! Come with your ideas. What are things that have been gnawing at you. Was there something last year that you want to get more in depth about? Has something new been happening within other trans communities you are in? Are there things you feel like are taboo to talk about in trans circles? We’ll compile them all and slowly go through them throughout the year.

Wednesday, February 28th, 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!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The Art Institute of Chicago is free on weekdays for Illinois residents until February 15!

Today we’re going to talk about how to leave the house, where to go, and what we do when we get there! Share your pep talks, favorite winter haunts, and gendered expectations (or lack thereof) to keep a lookout for.

 

P.S. January 31st will be Open Topic: Blanket Fort Edition. We’ll also meet every Wednesday before then, but that’s definitely when that topic is happening.

Wednesday, January 10th, 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.

Room Note:

There is a chance that we will be in a different (bigger) room this year. Please keep your eyes peeled for updates or you can message our GQC number at: 773-977-8765 where one of our moderators will be able to update you. Thank you for your patience.

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!

Personal and GQC Bucket List

It’s a new Gregorian New Year! Around this time people like to think about beginnings, or the year ahead. This week at GQC we are gonna focus on what’s on our bucket list for 2018. What do you want to happen this year? What are some things that would be nice to do together as GQC? Do you have any gender transition milestones? Art projects? Let’s pool resources to help one another figure out how we might be able to check things off of our personal bucket list. Let’s also come up with some fun things we might want to do as a group!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 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.

Room Note:

There is a chance that we will be in a different (bigger) room this year. Please keep your eyes peeled for updates or you can message our GQC number at: 773-977-8765 where one of our moderators will be able to update you. Thank you for your patience.

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!

Thanks, But No Thanks

Tonight we’re going to chat about recognizing and talking about saying no to invitations, gestures, contact, invasive questions, strangers offering to sell dragon eggs in the back of pubs, etc.

Wednesday, December 20th, 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!