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Inspired by the online series of "TED Talks", JAKE was conceived to spotlight the voices of speakers and thought-leaders who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) that can intimately speak to the unique cultural experiences we celebrate as a community alongside our allies in an entertaining yet inspiring and accessible format.

 

Featured speakers share powerful stories and insights ranging from:

 

  • Sex, Intimacy, and Relationships to Health/Fitness.  
  • From Leather History & Culture to Gay Marriage & Chosen Families.  
  • The conversation continues beyond to Self-Discovery and Queer Spirituality.

 

More than a series of provocative and inspiring talks with an LGBT narrative, JAKE is an innovative and interactive experience bringing you at the forefront of art + music + fashion relevant to our culture.  Drawing from the vast talent of our community, JAKE features live DJ and musical performances while showcasing art in various mediums in addition to eye-catching fashion and design.  

 

As an intersection of dialogue & culture, discover what's new at JAKE.


SPEAKERS

DAVID NETH

IN THE BEGINNING… CREATING SEATTLE'S FIRST PRIDE WEEK IN 1974”

What was it like to try and come out when there was no internet, no family support, no positive culture and no role models? David will discuss the transformative experience of being in that position and then suddenly being exposed to and joining a rapidly evolving activist community in the early Seattle LGBTQ rights movement.

David Neth, with a B.A. in Psychology, has lived life outside the box. Raised in a small town Christian family in Pennsylvania, David came west to work as a National Park Ranger at Mt. Rainier in the very early 1970’s. After opening the closet door, he eventually left the bears of Mt. Rainier to become a community organizer in Seattle’s emerging LGBTQ community. As co-founder and co-director of Seattle’s Gay Community Center in 1974 he spearheaded the drive to create Seattle’s first Gay Pride Week in June of that same year. A number of years later he became Seattle’s first ‘out’ Gay Realtor.”

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ED SWAYA, LMHC

“WHAT THE F*&K IS CONSCIOUS SEX AND SEXUALITY?”

How do I get me some? Is it fun? Why would I want it? Is it hot? Is it a lot of work?

Ed Swaya is a psychotherapist, counselor, and coach, in private practice here in Seattle. In addition to his work as a therapist, he is a writer, a parent of a 12 year old, a student and teacher of classical Indian tantra, and a really good cook. He brings warmth, humor, compassion, and some intensity to all he does.


GARY PERRY, PH.D.

“…LOVE THE ONE YOU WITH: BEYOND GAY MARRIAGE TO BUILDING QUEER COMMUNITY.”

The movement for same-sex marriage has progressed in recent years. A recent report by Psychology Today, however, reminds us that most adults, in the United States, will spend most of their adult-age years living single (or unmarried). If we cannot be with the one we love, how do we learn to love the one(s) we are with? Dr. Gary Perry will lead a panel discussion about the “marriage myth” and look at the necessity of forging communities-of-care in the queer community. Because isolation, abandonment, depression, and singlehood are common experiences for queer-identified people, Dr. Perry’s panel will discuss how creating a family-of-choice has been essential to their well-being. Attendees will leave this talk with a more robust vision of queer intimacy. It is a vision of queer intimacy that goes beyond sex, dating, and gay marriage.

Gary Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Seattle University. He writes and teaches about issues regarding urban politics, anti-racism, the prison industrial complex, and urban black spaces. He is currently writing a book titled Black Spaces: The Erosion of Black Spaces in an Era of Neoliberalism and Colorblind Racial Politics. You can follow his musings @ Looking for Black Space


CHRISTOPHER WELCH, LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED CROSSFIT INSTRUCTOR

“STRENGTH IN HUMILITY”

Christopher Welch was always one of the last kids selected for dodgeball and freeze tag, but he showed all those boys and girls by growing up big and strong. "In 2011 I tried out CrossFit, a slight 170lbs. I had never done a deadlift, didn't even know what a kettle bell was and had no idea what I was in for. Fast forward 2 years and 30 pounds - I jump out of bed in the morning and feel better than I did in my 20's. I loved CrossFit so much I decided to get my CFL1 in early 2013 and now enjoy helping people modify their lifestyle to feel as great as possible.” Christopher focuses on an overall approach to healthy living with regards to physical, mental and emotional health and well-being in addition to developing and maintaining a healthy body image.

You can find Christopher, often in exuberant tights, teaching morning classes at OGER CrossFit in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Outside of the gym, he is a digital marketing professional who operates his own consulting company. He has previously contributed for GLBTQ pop site Unicorn Booty. Christopher’s work has been featured in digital and print on Mother Jones, Perez Hilton, Glamour Online and The Huffington Post. He lives in Seattle with his partner Daniel and their cat Bug.


PETER JABIN, M.DIV., LMHCA

"QUEERITUALITY: THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF BEING QUEER"

Drawing from his experience leading a queer men’s spirituality group of the same name from 2009-2013 at Gay City Health Project, Peter " will address the distinct spiritual heritage, aptitudes and responsibilities that are ours as queer men. That we are here, now, is no accident. How are we uniquely suited to contribute at this pivotal moment in history? What do we bring to the evolution of human consciousness?

Peter Jabin is a pastoral psychotherapist in private practice on Capitol Hill and a Diaconal Minister in the United Methodist Church. Peter also serves as Deputy Director for Gay City Health Project.


JEFF HENNESS

“THIS MAGICAL JOURNEY WE CALL LEATHER”

Living life and taking on those who seek to understand how we got here and where we might be going on this magical journey we call Leather.

Daddy Jeff can best be described as a survivor. Starting in 1981, he has survived producing way too many fundraisers and contests, serving on numerous boards and committees, being a neighborhood activist, a historian, managing a large nightclub, owning a leather shop, holding two leather titles and living with HIV. He has survived and thrived with the help of his partner of 21 years, Dan “Puppy” Daniels.

Daddy Jeff is the Founder of Seattle Men in Leather (1989), Seattle’s largest men’s club, a manager of The Cuff Complex (now retired after 20 years) and Owner of Doghouse Leathers. Currently, he is the President of the Washington State Mr/Ms Leather Organization and the SML Membership Coordinator. Jeff was Seattle Leather Daddy 1998 and Seattle Leather Grand Dad 2012. He is a member of Mama’s family, Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M), and is the Patriarch of the Bear Clan.


FEATURED ARTISTS

JACKY GOTIN, ART

There are many subcultures inside of the gay community - bears, femmes, drag queens and many others. For black gay men, it is sometimes difficult to find a place inside of the gay world when we are limited to being a fetish or a thug. Being black and gay becomes a life-long effort in simply asserting our humanity.

Jacky Gotin is a photographer from the island of Guadeloupe, FWI. He has photographed and lived in the Caribbean, Europe and now Seattle. His photography questions the idea of Identity inside the black gay diaspora. Jacky is also a French Language Arts and History teacher at the French American School of Puget Sound.


JUSTIN ZACHARY, DESIGN

Justin Zachary is a Seattle-based fashion brand that makes custom evening and bridal gowns. Justin Zachary's mission statement is to produce custom made clothing made in the USA with a European feel and touch


SOUL CITY, MUSIC

Born of a 9-piece funk, Philly soul, and Motown cover band - Soul City is an eclectic music duo consisting of keyboard, guitar, and vocals. Performing both covers and originals, singers Laura Moreau and Clayton Coleman deliver with undeniable chemistry and passion adding their own flavor to every song. Influences include Etta James, The Stones, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt, Mariah, Prince, Stevie Wonder and more...

Bringing heart and soul with original music and lyrics in hopes to connect with, and touch every audience.