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Free 10-Week TGNC Support Group Launches Oct. 1
For Folks Who Identify Outside of the Binary or With No Gender At All
2018-09-06

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Chicago, IL, September 6, 2018 — Community members are co-facilitating another free support group for anybody 18+ who identifies as trans or gender nonconforming and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting every week for 10 weeks. The group will be held on Mondays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 4550 N Hermitage. Facilitators are asking for a $15 suggested donation to pay for snacks if group members are able.

The group ( formerly called "Nonbinary Support Group" ) is for TGNC folks who want to engage in a group dynamic for sharing their gender experiences, discuss successes and difficulties, and share resources. During the first meeting group members will decide what topics are of interest and create a tentative plan for upcoming sessions.

Previous group members have stated appreciation for the conversation, connection, and newfound sense of community after leaving the group. A past group member said, "I expected to share experiences and tips for things like how to address people who misgender me or refuse to use my pronouns, but I didn't realize how powerful it'd be just to share space with a beautiful spectrum of gender presentations."

This is the third support group that Mare Fanslow ( they/them ), Noam Greene ( they/them ), and Jes Scheinpflug ( they/them ) will co-facilitate together. The first group/pilot ran for eight weeks from January to March in the Uptown neighborhood and was nonbinary AFAB only. The second group was 10 weeks for all nonbinary-identified folks and was hosted in the South Loop. Organizers are actively looking for facilitators to lead a group in the Hyde Park area.

Facilitators are grateful to All Saints' Episcopal Church Chicago for allowing us to use their space after hours.

Applications are due September 18.

For more information and to access the application please visit: www.jessss.com/tgnc-support .


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