We are a fierce and queer grassroots collective of trans* individuals from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. We are here to serve as a force of strength and positive empowerment to all. We meet in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, once-a-month. Allies are welcome. If you read or reblog our resources, follow us and spread the word!SQS on Facebook Chicago Resources About SQS Gender Me This
We are currently building a network of Transgender, Gender-non-conforming, and Intersex (TGI) athletes, with the intent to facilitate interactions, support each other, find opportunities and resources, and build partnerships, while also working across divisions to promote the inclusion of all people into athletics.
At this time, we’re not driven by specific agendas or topics, but rather exist to facilitate interactions and build community. We hope that these interactions will empower advocacy, activism, and positive change.
The group is currently set up as a “secret” facebook group and members respect each others’ anonymity, which means joining will not out anyone to the broader community.
If you are interested, feel free to PM me on Facebook (Joseph L. Simonis) or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the group.
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It’s been quite a while since we have updated here and I apologize. Early this year I was diagnosed with uterine cancer and have since struggled—physically, emotionally, etc.—with that. I underwent major surgery and well, the cancer is gone and I had a (mostly) great medical team. However, recovery has not been easy and I have been faced with other health problems this year as well. I am incredibly thankful for my family, friends, and support systems.
At first, SQS started meeting in person when I was well enough to travel. Unfortunately, it began to be more difficult for me to travel to Pilsen for a variety of reasons and I decided to take a break from SQS.
I do want to point out that several SQS members volunteered their time and efforts in August for a Queer Clothing Swap at the Center on Halsted. Y’all are wonderful and amazing and we made the best volunteer team. I hope we can do the same next year for the Spring version.
After talking with Ivonne, who is always my biggest supporter and reminds me to take care of myself, we both came to the conclusion that SQS will permanently be an online resource. We are unable to hold in-person meetings at this time. I may, from time to time, call upon a few of you to volunteer for things like the Clothing Swap, so I hope we can see each other through events like that. My involvement in the community has taken a huge step back as I focus on myself and getting better. However, my commitment to helping qtpoc is undiminished. While I am not able to physically be at most events, I will do the best that I can to get these events and resources out to as many people as possible.
This page will update primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when I am off from work. The facebook page here is run by a combination of Ivonne and I, and sees more frequent updates.
I do want to point you to a wonderful new group that holds its meetings in our favorite spot, Efebina’s Cafe: TWIRL. Trans Women in Real Life is founded by amazing trans women working to provide more visibility, resources, and support for trans women. You can check out their article on the Windy City Times here and for more information you can email 2013twirl at gmail dot com. I’ll post a separate page just for them so y’all can reblog that and get the word out.
It’s a pretty good time to be in Chicago right now. There are so many of my friends and colleagues starting new groups, joining boards, getting out there and pushing for what our communities need. There are beautiful QPOC doing groundbreaking work,including taking care of ourselves and each other.
It’s been my privilege and pleasure to have worked with you, to have seen you in Efebina’s, and to have been a part of this.
Ivonne and I are so very grateful to all of you—for every single “like”, for every note, for every reblog and read.
Hello lovely SQS’ers!
We have been a bit quiet lately and are taking this time to announce why. Van, one of our founders and facilitators, has been having some health complications this year. He’s got a great team of doctors helping him through it. However, what he’s dealing with right now prevents him from attending or having monthly in-person meetings at this time.
We’ve agreed to keep our social media pages up and updated, but we will not be having in-person meetings at Efebina’s. If you need anything—resources, support, etc.—please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can reach us here through facebook or via Van’s email at email@example.com.
We will be taking this time to reevaluate SQS and strategically plan how to make this group serve our community better. We hope to see you at Efebina’s in the future! Thank you all.
Van and Ivonne