To all the girls whose thighs touch, with stretchmarks laid like gold across...– Kim Katrin Crosby (via hellokarissa)
See you tomorrow, SQS'ers!
We hope that in this rainy weather you are staying warm and dry! Please join us tomorrow evening at 7:30pm, in Efebina’s Cafe (usually in the back room—you’ll see Van, he has green hair). Remember that our meetings are free and open to all. This means open to all queer, trans*, poc, and/or allies, friends, supporters, etc. And it’s the perfect weather for cafe con...
Actually, it was the first time that I had been to the friggin’ Stonewall. The...– Sylvia Rivera, Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights, 2002 (via mochente)
Meeting April 18th
Hello fabulous SQS’ers! We miss you, so we’re having a meeting this week! Please join us at Efebina’s Cafe, April 18th, at 7:30pm for QTPOC awesomeness. Meetings are free and open to everyone, allies included. We aim to provide a safe space for QTPOC and their allies to be authentic and connected. We exchange resources with each other and provide support and empowerment. So...
Chicago Scholarship Opportunity: Fiesta del Sol...
Fiesta del Sol Scholarship—FREE MONEY Hi, If you are -of Latino/Hispanic descent -have plans to enroll in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate, degree or certificate program for minimal of 6 semester or 8 quarter hours -a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher on a 4 pt. scale or equivalent AND -live on the southwest side of Chicago within the following boundaries: between...
Hello SQS’ers! It’s a sunny day here in Chicago and we hope you are having a fabulous week so far. Spring is right around the corner! Reminder that we are meeting next week: March 21st, 2013 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm. We meet in Efebina’s Cafe, which is a LGBTQ owned, safe space. All of our meetings are confidential and peer-led. Likewise, all of our meetings are free and open to...
So if you – the oppressed – hurt someone’s feelings, you’re just like the...– » The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good Social Justice League (via mmmajestic) (via youngbadmanbrown)
HIV infection cured in infant through very early... →
shortformblog: soupsoup: A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims. The child’s story is the first account of an infant achieving a so-called functional cure,...
President Barack Obama: Protect the Human Rights... →
We are pleased to announce our March meeting! March 21st, 2013 7:30pm to 9pm Efebina’s Cafe in Pilsen (back room) Our meetings are free and open to all. You need not be qtpoc identified to attend, allies are encouraged to join us. We all operate on a foundation of respect and support. If you’re looking for queer/trans*/poc support in Chicago, please stop by for a meeting. We...
The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations...– Audre Lorde (via pisthelimit)
We need to speak our shame and our pain courageously in order to recover....– All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks (via thechocolatebrigade)
Como respetar a una persona transgénero →
neutrois: Excelente artículo para explicarle a alguien que no sabe nada de trans sobre los básicos de la identidad de género y la gente trans… en ESPAÑOL!
Republicans strip transgender protections from... →
midwestgenderqueer: sigh. transqueery: Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday introduced a modified version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips the bill of its express protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, which would enable states to exclude lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual women from receiving benefits under the grant. The House...
shorm: If you think that representation doesn’t matter, that’s probably because you’re already represented.
Resources for "coming out" as trans to... →
genderedintelligence: cisprivilege: latinegrasexologist: A question I received and responded to in private. Making this rebloggable so that folks can see what my response is but more importantly for trans* Latin@s to share the resources they find useful. hi! yes there are some publications that may be useful. PFLAG has two in Spanish that may be useful one called Si Tu Mismo (link opens to...
Reclaiming the Latina tag: poc-creators: Call for... →
poc-creators: Call for Submissions: “¿Y Tu Abuela, Donde Está?: Multi-dimensional Afro-Latina/o Identities in the 21st Century” “¿Y Tu Abuela, Donde Está?: Multi-dimensional Afro-Latina/o Identities in the 21st Century” is an exhibition examining Afro-Latino identity and culture in a…
Katie Couric Hosting Trans* Focused Special
Katie Couric is hosting “Trapped in the Wrong Body: Growing Up Transgender” on Tuesday, 2/26 at 3PM on ABC 7. It will be repeated on Wednesday, 2/27 at 1:07AM. news of this has been circulating throughout a few of our email lists. the language to the show’s title already seems problematic. looking forward to commentary after.
Please take care outside in these conditions today! Stay warm, dry, and safe, SQS’ers.
Nobody ever looks at me and thinks instinctively that I must be genderqueer, or...– Pass/fail: Navigating a World that doesn’t Believe your Gender Exists (via ninjabikeslut)
[tw: death, transphobia] Passages: Michael... →
sqs-tec: Dear Readers, It’s rare that I get personally involved in a post. I like to make the best effort to keep any commentary neutral. But I can’t stay neutral here. Something happens to me every time I read an article like this. Every time I hear about the passing of someone in our community right here in Chicago. It’s a complex something that is a mix of grief, rage, and hurt. I keep...
[tw: death, transphobia] Passages: Michael... →
Dear Readers, It’s rare that I get personally involved in a post. I like to make the best effort to keep any commentary neutral. But I can’t stay neutral here. Something happens to me every time I read an article like this. Every time I hear about the passing of someone in our community right here in Chicago. It’s a complex something that is a mix of grief, rage, and hurt. I...
A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you learned something, some way to...– Mia McKenzie, creator of Black Girl Dangerous, author of The Summer We Got Free (via etiquette-etc) i think i gasped a little when i read this because it’s almost word-for-word my therapist’s explanation of why i learned to be anxious as a child (“if your dad might blow up at any minute then your...
Before going back to college, i knew i didn’t want to be an intellectual,...– Assata Shakur (via 7lettersofglori)
Transgender advocate Janet Mock: ‘Be unapologetic... →
girljanitor: this is some seriously powerful stuff from Janet Mock!!!
To allow our ancestors to dwell among us and to invite their wisdom to enter us...– bell hooks
Transgender job seekers face uphill battle →
paintingheartsinsilence: They got the pronouns right and remembered that the experiences of White trans* people and Black trans* people are different (didn’t include non-Black people of color though…) and focused on trans* women more than trans* men (although they didn’t include non-binary people or other axes of oppression, such as disability)! Good stuff, overall! Reblogging for article +...
People of all sexes have the right to explore femininity, masculinity—and the...– Leslie Feinberg (via spredtheluv)
The question lesbian and gay people need to answer is not “Why are transgender...– Transgender Communities: Developing Identity Through Connection Lev AI in Bieschke et al (2007)
Art of Transliness: United States Top Surgeons And... →
artoftransliness: This information has been accumulated over the course of January and February of 2013. This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. The cost of surgery is a quote and the physicians listed are not required to keep their costs the same throughout the entire year. This post is meant…
World's First Home for Transgender Elderly →
uchicagolgbtq: The word waria combines the Indonesian for woman (wanita) and the word for man (pria). It is used to describe a range of gender identities, though it particularly refers to men who feel they are women and is applied regardless of whether they have undergone gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy. A home for elderly waria is an unexpected sight but perhaps also typical of...
Also, the white trans experience has trumped trans people of color’s experience....– The New Masculinity: Redefining Ourselves, Emerging From Our Cocoons (via thedailyhavis)
Claudia Is Intersex, Let's Talk About It →
A great article highlighting what the I means in LGBTQI, its history, and the experiences of Claudia. Fabulous article for those who are new to the term and those who aren’t. Check it out! “Understanding what intersex means also helps withunderstanding what it doesn’t mean. Our bodies are natural and normal and healthy; while some health problems are associated with some forms...
Updates on the SQS Pages!
Hello Lovely SQS’ers! We are happy to announce a few changes around the SQS Tumblr page. We’ve selected a new theme—hopefully it looks as fabulous as we think it does. We have also added new resources to our Chicago Resources page here—be sure to check out the list and spread the word! In addition, we have added some clarification to our About Us page here, stating that...
”We need to turn the question around to look at the harasser, not the...– Anita Hill
Hidden Expressions Zine from the Transformative... →
uchicagolgbtq: “Hidden Expressions is an annual ‘zine publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated. Submissions can include stories, drawings, “how-to” guides, poetry, guides to surviving prison as a trans person, erotica, recipes, treats, hobbies, writing and art tips,...