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Real Talk: LGBTQ Conversations for Change
June 21 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Seattle Pride is hosting “REAL TALK: LGBTQ Conversations for Change” – a 2.5 hour town hall, developed by SocialScope Productions and moderated by nationally recognized LGBTQ anti-violence advocate, Randall Jenson.
REAL TALK will focus on critical, frank discussions of Seattle’s community perspectives, including conversations about pride, racism, and nationalism in LGBTQ communities, access to safety and spaces and LGBTQ experiences with local law enforcement. This town hall will include both experiential activities, small and large group conversations. This town hall will be introduced and moderated by Randall Jenson, Director of SocialScope Productions and nationally recognized LGBTQ anti-violence and hate crime advocate, and feature local LGBTQ community organizers and leaders as facilitators.
This REAL TALK will focus on community conversations on
– sexual exploitation in our lgbtq communities
– violence against LGBTQ people of color, specifically particularly trans women of color
– reflections on the consumerism and commercialization of Seattle Pride
– LGBTQ communities experiences with law enforcement
Join board members of Seattle Pride, local community leaders, and Randall Jenson of SocialScope Productions in conversations pertaining to the Seattle QPOC community.
More about the MODERATOR:
RANDALL JENSON (aka DJ STUNT QUEEN) is a queer, multiracial anti-violence advocate and artist of color. For the past 16 years, he has worked closely with street-based youth, youth of color and LGBTQ youth and in the fields of youth programming and anti-violence advocacy. Randall is the Director of SocialScope Productions, a consulting and coaching company focused on LGBTQ multimedia projects, community storytelling and building innovative youth program design models. He also serves as the Producer for the #GetWoke event and web series, focused on uplifting and affirming queer and trans communities of color, and the Program Director for Transformations, a KC transgender and gender expansive youth group.
Randall’s intersectional media projects have received multiple awards, including “outstanding anthropological work” by the Association for Queer Anthropology (2010) and the Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund (2016) and Kansas City Rocket Grant (2016). These recent grants helped fund the startup of both the KC transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth group and KC TGNC Summit: building a leadership fountain for TGNC youth and TGNC people of color. Randall is a published writer, having been featured in “BOYS: An Anthology,” and a blogger for The Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Bitch Media, The Advocate. In 2015, Randall was appointed as the lead advocate to help loved ones and their communities cope and heal from 3 LGBTQ homicides in Kansas City. He previously worked as the Manager of Youth Services for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, providing multi-state advocacy directly to LGBTQ youth affected by trauma and violence, as well as the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Safe Connections in St. Louis, helping build the first regional LGBTQ youth anti-violence program.
Randall has received national awards for his leadership and work with young people and homeless and vulnerable youth, racial justice advocacy, addressing the juvenile legal system and media’s impact on queer lives. Through his work as an anti-violence advocate, has keynoted Yale University’s “Pride Month” series in 2016, “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” for University of Iowa in 2015, as well as “Take Back the Night” at Southern Oregon University in 2015. Randall’s work as an artist and documentary filmmaker has allowed been featured at The Nelson Museum of Art, Missouri History Museum, MIX: New York’s Queer Experimental Film Festival, and have headlined Seattle Pride in 2017 and the 2010 and 2012 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender and Ally Collegiate Conferences (MBLGTACC). He was awarded the 2003 Jim Hoefer Community Service award for creating the “Youth Advisory Board” – the first ever LGBTQ youth teen social justice group – by St. Louis Pride, a featured speaker at the 2003 National ACLU Membership Conference in Washington D.C., featured in 2006 on The Oprah Show and awarded the “Youth Impact Award” by the National Youth Advocacy Coalition.