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!

Talking About Aminals

For many folks being able to interact with pets, animals, or other friendly creatures is a huge help to mental health. Let’s talk about the non human creatures in our lives! Whether we follow some cool fuzz balls on Instagram. Or maybe we binge watch vine compilations of cute pets. Or we might have our own four legged roommates we want to show off pictures or stories of them. It can also be nice to interact with a non-human’s perspectives on gender. Sometimes a cat will react to beards a very particular way, regardless of who is attached to the beard. Or sometimes a bun really only cares about “person who feeds me” vs. “stranger.” Let’s talk about them!

Wednesday, December 13th, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

Working Agreements and Racism

There’s been interest in having a meeting to talk about how to address racist and other bigoted comments when they come up in the group. Tonight we’ll talk about some common myths, how they make the space less safe, and what we can do within the working agreements to not perpetuate them. We’ll define what expectations we have around respecting each other and how we show that.

Wednesday, November 29th, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

November Blanket Fort!

It’s come to be that time again! It’s the every other monthly blanket fort day!

To recap, every other month we bring various blanket and rope and fastener materials to room 202 at the Center on Halsted. We create a space where people can feel more cozy and informal using said materials. We then have an open topic discussion in our creation. For an open topic we can talk about subjects that felt like we moved past them too quickly at a previous meeting. We can cover topics that feel too small or short for a full meeting. Or we can also talk about any questions about gender that we come up with that very day!

Please bring any materials you can, and give us a heads up if possible.

Wednesday, November 29th, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

Open Topic

This week’s discussion will be an open topic! Once a month we have an open topic to cover anything that felt like it didn’t get enough spot light during the month. Or if we just want to have a bunch of smaller conversations that don’t warrant a dedicated topic. Or if you feel like you had something you didn’t get to mention previously. This will technically be October’s open topic. November is blanket fort month so be ready.

See you then!

Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

National Coming Out Day

 In honor of the holiday, I would like to talk about factors people consider in deciding if, when, and to what extent they feel comfortable coming out. What sort of comments did you hear from people you care about that help you trust them with this information? What do you need them to do when you share it? What would a perfect response be like?
There IS a Cubs game today, adjust travel plans accordingly. We will probably eat close to the center to avoid fans.


Wednesday, October 11th, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

Different Selves

Me, myself, and I

Most likely each person has a sense of many different selves that interact with one another in our day to day life. A customer service self. A lover self. A friend self. A younger self. A relaxed self. A cleaning self. A working self. A last year self. A yesterday self. When we add gender into the mix our sense of self or selves can get even more multi faceted. Let’s talk about it. Is there a self we like hanging out with? Is there a self you have left behind? What is the gender of each self? Are they the same? Are they different? Do none of them have gender? Does thinking about different selves help us make sense of how we act in different contexts?

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00pm to 8:30 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!

Hey y’all! Every month we have an Open Topic day where we chat about anything that comes up. It’s a good day to circle back to side topics we couldn’t delve into during regular discussions, or crowd source advice for a personal gender- related concerns. 

The inane question for today will be: “What’s your favorite warm non-alcoholic beverage?”

Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

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!