Late Afternoon Workshop

Late Afternoon Workshop Descriptions 3pm to 4:50pm

Title: Money Can’t Buy you Freedom: Or Can It?: an exploration of money and power in local LGBTQ politics, Room 210

Panelists will explore how access to money – donors, grants and other resources have effected whose voices and issues are heard and which organizations are funded in the LGBTQ community. We will present an analysis and historical perspective on how access to money and power influence LGBTQ campaigns and strategies. Then we will delve into the questions of how marginalized LGBTQ communities build capacity and what the roles donors, businesses and funders play in the solutions. There will be a question and answer session where community input is welcomed in creating a more inclusive and intersectional LGBTQ social justice movement in Washington State.

Facilitated by:

Norma Timbang  is a long-time LGBTQ POC activist and leader. Current Lecturer at the University of Washington on Social Justice and Diversity, Therapist and Organizational Development consultant, member of Gabriela Network of Seattle, Advisory Board member of Allyship, and former member of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Panelists include:

Debbie Carlsen is the founder and Executive Director of LGBTQ Allyship, an economic justice organization founded in 2005. She has been organizing in the Seattle area since 1995. She served on the board of the Lesbian Resource Center in the early 90’s, created an activist group called Dyke Action and as its first act supported the campaign to save Affirmative Action by holding fundraisers and mobilizing LGBTQ community members. In 1999 Dyke Action was one of the few LGBTQ organizations that formally marched to stop the WTO, and in partnership with Pride At Work and Dyke Community Activists organized a day-long conference called ‘Queers Against the WTO’. LGBTQ presenters from all over the world presented on issues of intersectionality. Debbie founded the publication ‘Push: a publication of queer feminist subversions’ that lasted 10 years and inspired musings, art and analysis on queer and trans* issue from all over the world.

In the 90’s Debbie helped revive drag king performances in Seattle through ‘PUSH’ drag king fundraisers. She was inspired to bring a femme voice on stage and founded ‘The Scarlet F’ shows that became annual shows spotlighting queer femininity. The show ran annually for several years. In 2002, Debbie was part of organizing a conference by and for queer femmes called ‘The Politics of Queering Femininity’, which ended in a Scarlet F show and birthed the multi-sized queer femme troupe ‘The Queen Bees’. The Queen Bee’s stormed the nation, performing throughout the country from 2002 to 2007.

In the early 2000’s, Debbie, with Sally Friedman, founded the ‘Triangle Continuum’ a mentorship program for youth, young adults, older adults and elders in the lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s community. Before Gender Odyssey existed Debbie collaborated with Aiden Key and organized one of the first trans masculine discussion series in Seattle called ‘Transcending Gender’. She then went on to be a collaborator and facilitator as part of a conference called Melee, a grassroots conference for the queer and trans* community.

She has worked on political campaigns as the lead organizer for ‘Discrimination Free Washington’, before it became ‘Equal Rights Washington’, to fight for LGBTQ statewide civil rights. Debbie has worked in electoral politics as the campaign manager for Lynne Dodson, candidate for state representative in the 43rd District. And she has extensive history in community organizing as project coordinator of Western Washington Women’s Voter Project, staff organizer at Washington State Jobs with Justice and Executive Director at LGBTQ Allyship.

Seth Kirby is passionate about working with individuals and groups to achieve social justice in and beyond the LGBTQ community. Seth has a long work and volunteer history in HIV prevention and outreach, transgender rights, civil rights implementation, and workplace training about LGBTQ experiences and issues. He believes that the next generation of queer leaders are paving the way for lasting change. Seth is the Executive Director of Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma. Oasis transforms the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. Seth volunteers as Board President for Pride Foundation, which inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest. He also serves as the Co-Chair for Pride Foundation’s Shareholder Advocacy Committee, which leverages Pride Foundation’s assets for LGBTQ workplace inclusion. Seth can be reached at

Marcos Martinez is the Executive Director of Entre Hermanos, a community based non-profit that serves the Latino gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community of Seattle and King County. Entre Hermanos’ mission is to support the health and well-being, and develop leadership in the Latino LGBTQ community. Marcos has served on on several HIV care and prevention stakeholder groups that develop approaches to reducing new HIV infections in Washington state; and also on the boards of the Minority Executive Directors Coalition and the Youth Media Institute. Previously Marcos worked in community radio for 20 years in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Vu Le is the Executive Director of the Rainier Valley Corps, a start-up nonprofit with the mission of cultivating leaders to develop the capacity of ethnic-led nonprofits and create space for communities to collaborate to effect systemic change.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There are tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts. He is also the humor columnist for the awesome nonprofit online magazine, Blue Avocado.


Title: Healing Through Art-Poetry for and of LGBTQ generations, Room 160

Be it painting, music, dance, or poetry; Art is for and by everyone, so you do not need to call yourself an artist to benefit from this poetry workshop. We seek to challenge our guests to look within themselves and discuss topics around healing through artistic expression- centering our focus on how art, and especially poetry, can and has been used as a healing mechanism.  Has poetry assisted you in dealing with or overcoming hardships? Why or why not?  We will have dialogue between elders and youth about poets and other artists that have impacted them, and a number of activities to get you warmed up and your pens moving! To end, we will all be sharing our writings, individually and as a group, and will be hearing from local LGBTQ poets, some who have represented Seattle’s own slam teams! Come out to inspire and be inspired!

Presented by:

Symone Ashley Greene, also known as “Symone Ashe’” and “Queen Ashe’”, is an artist from Bakersfield, California. She began writing at the age of 12 and discovered passion for painting in recent years. Symone began to grow and find love in herself at the age of 19, when, she changed her major and enrolled in Black Studies courses in College. A big turning point for her, was receiving spiritual guidance from Dr. Starla Lewis aka “Mama Lewis”, a professor at the college. With the help of Mama Lewis and these courses, Symone became more aware of her history and fell in love with Africana Studies. Her aim is to graduate college and proceed to travel the world, practicing and teaching self-love and esteem from a spiritual place. In the near future, she also looks to get into journalism and start her own magazine. Her artistic influences range from Erykah Badu and James Blake, to Kid Cudi, Me Shell NdegeOcello, Toni Morrison, Floetry, Iman Omari, Lykke Li, and Iyanla Vanzant.

In her free time, Symone studies metaphysics, practices meditation, and travels.
As she evolves and journeys through the universe, she is becoming more conscious though self-improvement, love, and healing and wishes to share this energy with others, especially the Black and LGBT communities.

A native of the Universe, Joann Cathleen Roberts, known as simply “Jo” or by her recent stage alias “Paradigm“, grew up in the Chicago area. A poet/MC, musician, and producer; she discovered a love for playing instruments, such as drums, bass, and guitar at the age of 10 and by 13 was writing her own poetry and songs.

Jo’s focus is the promotion of reflection, growth, healing, and awareness through art. She is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerful words and has had featured shows from Japan and Las Vegas, to Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta. Jo has also performed poetry on stage with Reggae artist Pato Banton and for students and Dr. Cornel West in Washington. Her work has been featured on many LGBT websites, blog talk radio stations, and promoted by many other organizations such as Butch Voices, The Quare Square Collective, and The Spitfire Poetry Group. She is the Savannah Slam champion for years 2013 and 2014, and continues to release a number of albums and poetry books since first taking her art on the road in 2012.

Jo is always in a space of creativity, but in her free time enjoys teaching poetry workshops, tutors both math and science, and volunteers with various organizations and clubs. She is most passionate about science and spirituality, spending time outdoors, traveling, and making a difference in the world through artistic expression. Jo studied Philosophy and Aviation Flight in college, and is a licensed private pilot.


Title: Ten More Good Years – a film screening, Room 130

Facilitated by: Travis Taylor

Travis Taylor is the Assistant Human Resources Director for the Seattle Fire Department, a co-chair of the City of Seattle’s LGBT Employee Association, and a former Allyship Board member.  Travis has nearly 14 years of experience in Civil Rights, Human Resources, and social justice equity in the City of Seattle, and has over ten years of experience as a senior policy advisor addressing institutional privilege in City government.  He has also been a licensed attorney in the Washington State Bar Association since 2001.

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