by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
Inspired by the online series of 'TED Talks,' JAKE Talks was conceived to spotlight the voices of speakers and thought-leaders who are LGBT who can intimately speak to the unique social and cultural experiences celebrated as a community alongside community allies in an entertaining yet inspiring and accessible format.
On November 14, JAKE Talks will produce HOME, their latest installment of intimate talks from 3-7 p.m. at Distillery Lofts (1735 Westlake Ave. N.).
'More than the place where we live, home can be thought of as the relationships which bring us comfort, centeredness and even purpose,' say JAKE officials. 'All of us have not one home, but many - physical, emotional, spiritual ones which bind us to ourselves, our families, our communities and beyond.'
It is these ties that officials say they wish to explore at 'JAKE Talks: HOME.' Addressing what do we do; who we are; what becomes of us when we find home; when our home is under siege or are forced away from home; and when we must (re)create home.
'This very special edition of JAKE Talks focuses a lens on how we as individuals of our own created path generate a sense of community + connection as well as how we might learn to allow others to participate alongside that journey, contributing to the richness of our ever-evolving queer experience,' said JAKE officials.
'Speakers will gather their talents, research, and life experiences in a 'TED'-inspired format to inform, impact and inspire the queer community; the result of which are profound conversations shaping the very idea of HOME,' JAKE officials told SGN.
o Professional Entertainer, Gregory Conn: Emcee;
o Emerging talent across multiple disciplines and industries, Kimber London: Emcee
o David Haack, Living Care Lifestyles Vice President of Sales and Marketing: Featured speaker on LGBT Aging Issues;
o Sister Glo Euro N'Wei, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of Saint Joan: 'Rhinestones & Revelations;'
o Paris Mullen, founder of 'HOPE For US' whose mission as an organization is to build the hope and self-worth of those experiencing life's challenges with a specific emphasis on survivors of boyhood sexual violence and those living with HIV: 'Home is in the Heart;'
o Rebecca Heineman, computer programmer, game designer, writer, engineer, pilot, nurse, pastry chef, markswoman, and loving mother: 'At Home in the World of Video Games;'
o Zachary Pullin, communications for SEIU 775 Benefits Group and president of the Capitol Hill Community Council: 'My Home in a Story of Stories.'
In addition to the lineup of speakers, 'JAKE Talk: HOME' will feature Far From Home, a short film by JAKE Talks founding member and Seattle filmmaker David Albright and Peruvian-born, Seattle-based photographer and curator Rafael Soldi.
Thousands of miles from his childhood home in Lima Peru, Soldi has a built a new life for himself in Seattle. In this short film directed by Albright, Soldi explores the divide he's created between himself and his one-time home, as well as that between his physical home and his work.
Tickets are $19 pre-sale until Monday and then become $25 thereafter and at the door November 14.
Beyond a series of provocative talks with an LGBT narrative, JAKE is an innovative and interactive experience including live DJ and/or performances with an eye-catching stage design reminiscent of TED connecting the speaker to the audience while captivating our attention. Drawing from the vast talent of our community, JAKE always includes in some form an aspect of art + music + design + film relevant to our culture.
For more information, visit JAKE Talks' official website http://www.jake-talks.com or email officials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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