Sexuality

Very often on one’s gender journey, there is a realization about sexuality which comes first. As we continue on gender journey’s, that realization about sexuality can often start feeling complicated. What do words like “Straight” or “Gay” mean in the context of discovering a nonbinary/genderqueer/gender nonconforming gender? How do we interact with sexuality in a way that feels affirming to us? How can we affirm feelings of attraction while also recognizing the influence society has on our experiences of attraction? In particular there are many spaces which will advertise as being welcome to “everyone except cis-men” but then what about the queer folks who have partners who are cis-men or want to express sexuality towards cis-men? Let’s talk about sexuality from our own experiences! Share the parts that make us joyful, or the parts that make us confused, or some other emotion.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Relationships

How do you navigate relationships that bond over gender? What are some other options for words like “nephew” or “aunt”? Why might someone decide not to request them? How do you handle traditions?

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, check with either desk for room number
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!

The Fluidity of Gender

Gender is complicated. For some of us it is static, for others it changes over time.Even for those who’s gender is static, time can give new insights into how a person feels about their gender. There are a lot of ways to present, internalize, and experience gender. Lets talk about how we engage with , explore and understand gender as we change.

Wednesday, March 27th , 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Gender Expression and Living with Disabilities

Many trans and non binary folk struggle with things like access to healthcare and finding a supportive community.  Many trans and non binary folk are disabled. Wheater that be a physical or mental disability ,folks must find balance in their lives. This meeting encourages discussions of triumphs, obstacles,  and issues faced at the intersection between disabled and genderqueer realities.

Wednesday, March 6th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor desk)

We possibly may meet in room 202 instead, feel free to check with the staff at either floor’s help 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!

Blanket Fort

It’s our every other month blanket fort! Please bring blankets, twine, pillows, fasteners, and any other blanket fort supplies you are interested in sharing! We build a blanket fort together and then we have an open topic discussion. Open topics are a chance to talk about any topic from the previous month that didn’t feel like people were finished processing. A chance to talk about short topics that wouldn’t take an entire meeting. Or a chance to ask one another questions or for advice or resources. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Gender Flavor

What is your flavor of gender? Are there aromas you have picked up along the way? What words do you use to describe your gender? What anecdotes epitomize your gender? How do you know what your gender looks/smells like? Who do you look to for gender inspiration? What influences your gender? Does your gender behave differently in different contexts? This is a chance for folks to talk about our gender without the pressure of helping others understand it, or even fully understand it ourselves. It is a chance to process out loud where we are currently in our gender journey. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Community Care

There is lots of discussion around self care, but not very much discussion around community care. This will not be a meeting where we lament how communities can fail us. This will be a meeting to think of what kind of things we might ask of our community when we are feeling vulnerable. This will not be a meeting where we make those requests of one another, but merely think about what kind of requests we might want to make when we are ready to ask. Do you sometimes want company to go grocery shopping? When do you notice needing the most help from others? What symptoms do you look out for when you think you have a “Mental Health Cold”? When someone gets in the way of your needs how do you assert your boundaries? What low stakes consequences do you set? What medium stakes consequences do you set? Let’s talk about it!

Wednesday, February 6, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor, John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Navigating Binary Gender Spaces

There are still a lot of spaces in our society where strict binary gender roles are assumed. Family, religion, work, or other spaces that we can’t always avoid. For many of us our mere presence is breaking gender norms, or even if we could fit into a gender norm it is extremely uncomfortable. What are some strategies to minimize the scrutiny and the discomfort? How do we decide when it is acceptable to bail? Is there a way to make these spaces better besides “exist harder”? Let’s collaborate on some ideas!

Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor John Baran Hall (to the left of the 2nd floor 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!

Level Up!

If you’re reading this, you have a new personal high score on trips around the Sun! What else did you level up in during the past year? Whether it took hard work or you just woke up like this, what are you proud of changing?

Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (Room 203)
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!

Emergency Escape Route

The Holidays can often be full of uncomfortable social situations. Situations where you may want some personal space but are restricted from leaving. Whether that’s because you’re in line or because family expects you to spend a certain amount of time with them. Let’s share ideas about how to creatively carve out personal space for ourselves. Ways we can minimize stress and anxiety while still holding ourselves accountable. Do you have any topics of conversation that help deescalate family dynamics? How about conversations with strangers? Do you have discreet comfort items that assist? Any spells you cast for protection? Let’s talk about it!

Wednesday, December 19th, 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!