Morning Workshops From 9:30am – 11:20am
Title: Talking Across Generations, Room 210
In LGBTQ community(ies), there is often a lack of conversation between generations, and as a result, we can lack context for our organizing, knowledge of our history, and experience a disconnect from our future. Very real challenges, such as ageism and adultism, can stand in the way of us talking honestly with each other. How can we start to organize in an intergenerational way? How can we learn to speak openly with each other and learn from each other’s experiences? What are some of the ways to build dialogue amongst youth and elders?
This workshop will allow us to address these questions together. It will feature a panel of youth and elders who will speak about our experience as participants in LGBTQ Allyship’s intergenerational dialogue. After sharing our experiences, we will invite everyone who is participating in this workshop to be part of our own intergenerational dialogue, centered around coming out stories and dating in the LGBTQ community. We will share stories across generations and see what we can learn about and from each other.
Where have we been? Where are we going? Let’s talk about it together!
Jack Barker: I’ve been a member of the Seattle Leather Community since 1982, and out as Queer since the late sixties. I used to go by the name Dragon Xcalibur, but more recently I’m known as Jack. Over the years I’ve taught a few workshops, helped produce a few conferences and contests, held a few leather titles, and performed on a few stages.
I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than forty years, having originally come from New England. I make custom corsets and other lovely things for a living. I’ve been sewing and making art since 1958, when my maternal grandmother — an old-time ladies’ tailor — first taught me to use her treadle sewing machine. She always used to say, “Make your lining as good as your jacket, or there’s Hell to pay.” As far as I’m concerned, that’s gospel.
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.
Justine Winnie: is a native Washingtonian with a lifelong passion for justice and creativity. She works in Labor and LGBTQ communities to advocate for youth, support leadership development, and push for the ever-more loving, vibrant world she wants to live in. She completed a B.A. from Antioch College in 2008, finishing with the Irwin Abrams Peace Prize for her senior thesis. A lifelong learner, out-of-the-box thinker, and lover of all animals, Justine lives in Seattle with nephews, a niece, brothers, sisters, dogs, cats, and lots of dear friends.
Title: Take a tour of history Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBTQ Equality Timeline
This workshop will help the audience to identify the common experiences of people of color and LGBTQ communities in the US. In this interactive workshop, intergenerational dialogues will be encourage as the audience takes a “tour” and learns about LGBTQ history facts . The pictures and newspaper articles that form the timeline are part of the Western State Center toolkit. The material is a select history of the struggle for racial justice, immigrant and refugee justice and LGBT equality in USA.
Emma Moreno emigrated from Mexico City and has lived in Seattle, WA since 1994 where she obtained her MPH from the University of Washington. Emma’s passion for connecting people to helpful resources has led her to work with health programs that utilize the equity and social justice lens to impact the built environment and to promote a more livable community. In her current position as a Civil Rights Contract Analyst for the Purchasing and Contracting Division of the City of Seattle manages a diverse portfolio of construction projects with the Office of Housing citywide. Emma was the first paid ED of Entre Hermanos and has volunteered as a board member of the Open Meadows Foundation, based in New York and Pride Foundation, Latino Community Fund and more recently with the Social Justice Fund in Seattle.
Julio Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico and has resided in Seattle since 1996. His professional life has covered, among other, the areas of fundraising training, facilitation, communications, media production and community organizing.His guiding principle in life is the discovery of his abilities and talents. The goal of this process is personal growth with the intent of being fruitful to himself and the community that surrounds him. Since 2007 he has lived in collective housing. This experience has enhanced his understanding of diversity, gender and sexual orientation. If you like to start casual conversation with him, you could say “So, tell me about that zombie novel you are writing…”
Title: BDSM for Life, Room 160
This workshop will focus on intergenerational dialogue regardingsex positivity and BDSM. The goal of the workshop is to start a discussion across groups of individuals around BDSM, from the framework of sex positivity. Topics could range from examining power and privilege in the kink community, sharing practical knowledge, examining intersectional identities within the context of the BDSM, safer sex practices, and effective communication techniques. We will be exploring these issues in relation to intergenerational similarities and differences. The ways in which BDSM and kink communities and ties have changed and could potentially change in the future will also be explored. The workshop will flow with the interests of the participants.
BDSM spans all orientations, identities, and cultures, yet it is still a subculture even within LGBTQIA. There are many misconceptions about what BDSM is and is not, and it’s important to address misinformation and stigma within our communities and across generations. Part of this is sharing space and information in an affirming, safe space.
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.
Kian Leggett is a BDSM-identified member of the LGBTQIA community, an activist/sex educator, and recent graduate of the University of Washington’s MSW program.
Kyle Czeh is a long-term activist for issues of sexuality and self-identification, especially in the queer and trans* community. He is a volunteer for Ingersoll Gender Center, facilitating a bi-weekly support group called All Genders and Expressions which explores topics of non-binary trans* identification. He recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Social Work degree.