TGNC Support Group
This group will meet once a week every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Center for Changing Lives (1955 N St Louis Ave) in Logan Square.
Formerly known as the Nonbinary Support Group, this group is and always has been for folks who identify outside of the binary or with no gender at all. (Our first/pilot group was hosted in Uptown and was AFAB only. Our second group was for all nonbinary-identified folks and hosted in the South Loop. The third group was the first TGNC titled group hosted in Ravenswood. We are actively looking for facilitators to lead a group in the Hyde Park area.)
This group uses a non-hierarchical framework and it is available if others are interested in implementing something similar.
Gender is a social construct that is shaped by many variables, including race. The three humans who launched this group are white and we do not use our marginalized gender identities as excuses to deflect our internalized racism. Our hope is that people of color who want to access this group will take leadership roles if they’d like. As of February 2019, Jes stepped down from facilitating and Leila has joined the team. Bios below.
- Commitment to all 10 weeks
- TGNC/agender identity outside binary
- At least 18 years old
- Will contribute $15 towards snacks, if able
- Willingness to sign group agreement
- Apply by March 10, 2019
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
mare f. is a queer nonbinary person in graduate school for social work. mare wants to work with queer + trans adolescents through a trauma informed & harm reduction lens. mare values the importance of group dynamics and the support provided by sharing gender experiences and sharing of resources. mare is best friends with their kitten who is as fiesty + tender as they are. Mare uses they/them pronouns.
Noam Greene is a longtime Chicagoan who loves library books, August weather, and connecting with other tgnc folks. They are agender/trans. Noam plays guitar in The Just Luckies and works for Sentencing Advocacy Group of Evanston, a mitigation firm that works on capital and juvenile life without parole cases. Noam is a certified yoga teacher. Noam uses they/them pronouns.
leila is a brown queer nonbinary person with two cats and a dog. they moved to chicago from florida seven years ago, and are happy to let you know that yes there is a notable change in weather that they have since adjusted to by wearing three jackets and two pants. leila is moved by meeting and working with queer, trans, and gnc folks. leila uses they/them pronouns.
Jes Scheinpflug, LSW is a queer & nonbinary community organizer raised & based in Chicago. Their work focuses on anti-oppression education, building trans-affirming communities and confronting police violence. They enjoy sharing musings on solidarity, community, self-care & other social work-y things. Jes is an ENTJ Capricorn and thinks that pretty much explains them in a nutshell. Jes uses they/them pronouns.
Jes will not be facilitating the April 2019 - June 2019 group.