by Robert Roth
JAKE Talks has a problem. Born from the idea of giving the many, varied voices of the queer community a platform, JAKE Talks has done nothing but grow. Literally. They’ve grown so large, in fact, that they’ve had to leave their former home at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for a roomier venue. That’s a great problem to have.
The organization is an important, up and coming contributor to Seattle’s queer arts community. With the challenges of gentrification that Seattle is facing due to it’s rapid growth, JAKE Talks provides one more vital outlet for queer voices that need to be heard above the din of heteronormative society.
This weekend will see the 4th event produced by JAKE Talks. Titled For The Love Of..., the event promises to let “audiences experience stories of love and relationships, overcoming steep challenges and discovering what moves, challenges and inspires” them. Speakers include Gender Justice League‘s Tobi Hill-Meyer, BLCKSMTH‘s Michael James Schneider, and Gay City‘s Chief Odood. Topics include everything from polyamory and dating apps to the impact that marriage equality has had on Washington State. Artists and performers will also be on hand, including performer Tami Miami, filmmaker Alex Berry, and artist John Criscitello.