The Language of Gender: a mini JAKE event

Within the LGBTQ community, gender identity and gender expression are distinct constructs that individuals must define for themselves with regard to how they live and operate in society.  Quite often, however, trans* & gender non-conforming peoples find themselves existing in the blurred lines of well-defined categories.   

The Language of Gender is an evening dedicated to showcasing the brilliance of individuals contributing to the overall cultural discourse in this arena.

Speakers use their talents, giftings and life experiences in a TED-inspired format to inform, impact and inspire the queer community; the result of which are profound conversations shaping Gender Identity and Expression.

 

Featured speakers share compelling insights and experiences including:

 

  • Rediscovering Masculinity: Confronting Men's Notions of Gender & Sexuality after Surviving Cancer
  • Using Art As a Vehicle for Expression and Gender Presentation
  • Visibility and Accessibility of Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Peoples in Healthcare

 

SPEAKERS

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ADE ConnERE

THE MC 

A talented and well-known fixture in Seattle's queer community, Adé is a performer,singer/songwriter, actor, and producer intricately involved with thought-provoking and entertaining shows.  As a karaoke host, Adé's disarming personality has been known to draw out surprising talent at places such as the former Bus Stop and McCloud Room, Pony.  You can find him most Sunday evenings at Re-Bar for Seattle's longest running house music night.


AARON OLSON

“Two Out Of Three And Still Me”

This talk will explore conceptions of what Gender Justice can look like as a lense to understand our interactions, our community, or way of working, and both the issues that we tackle as a community and the way we go about tackling them.  Drawing from her 15 years as a grass roots Trans Activist, Danielle Askini will discuss how Gender Justice as a frame shifts us away from the "rights" frame that has preoccupied the LGBT movement for the last 35 years.  From dismantling the non-profit industrial complex, to new approaches to organizing, to the issues we take on and center as being vital to the health and well being of LGBT people - Gender Justice is a new way of thinking about community activism.

 


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DANIELLE ASKINI

"What is Gender Justice?"

This talk will explore conceptions of what Gender Justice can look like as a lense to understand our interactions, our community, or way of working, and both the issues that we tackle as a community and the way we go about tackling them.  Drawing from her 15 years as a grass roots Trans Activist, Danielle Askini will discuss how Gender Justice as a frame shifts us away from the "rights" frame that has preoccupied the LGBT movement for the last 35 years.  From dismantling the non-profit industrial complex, to new approaches to organizing, to the issues we take on and center as being vital to the health and well being of LGBT people - Gender Justice is a new way of thinking about community activism.


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Mac Scotty McGregor

"STICKY LABELS”

The Mayor appointed Mac as a Seattle City Commissioner  in 2011. This position has enabled him to be a voice and an activist for civil rights;  including but not limited to the transgendered and gender non-conforming community.  Mac is the transgender and gender non-conforming outreach director for Social Outreach Seattle and a board member for Seattle Counseling Center. He is on the Seattle Police Department LGBT advisory board. Mac has been the volunteer director and is now the VIP director of the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. He continuously speaks on panels at numerous colleges, non-profit groups and state and city government on gender & sexuality. Mac is invited to speak and consult on many issues that affect the trans/gender non-conforming communities throughout the country and on the internet.


FEATURED ARTISTS

Cherry Sur Bête

Cherry Sur Bête is a self-described gender ambiguous lunatic performance artist on the fringe of Seattle queer lifestyle.  Cherry can also be found regularly delighting customers at Dr. Jen's House of Beauty / Atomic Cosmetics.  As a member of the House of Ladydude, she has also been a vocal advocate for entertainers and performers to be able to maintain their anonymity on Facebook with regards to a petition on Change.org.

 


LEJA WRIGHT

Leja Wright has been working with the transgender community for over 15 years. As a medical assistant she helped run the Spectrum clinic and later went to study psychology at Antioch University. She is a photographer and advocate currently working on The Dragonfly Project, a photographic series of trans people in various states of transition. She is also founder of transresourceguide.com,a website that provides contact information for resources across the United States.