Says who? SEZ ME!
Opening Party and Performance | Saturday December 2, 6-9 PM
Sez Me is an LGBT web-series for the whole family based in NYC’s Lower East Side. Abrons Arts Center and Sez Me have teamed up to create a celebration of gender fluidity, the wisdom of youth, and art.
The live performance on December 2nd is an opportunity to meet the creators of Sez Me and SpokesCreature Hello Mellow, hosted by Charmin Ultra, and featuring Jenny Romaine of Circus Amok, Miz Jade, Mary Jo Cameltoe, Miss Ohms, Ryder Lickquor, and Yula Be’eri. Refreshments will be provided.
What is Sez Me?
Sez Me began as an LGBT web-series for kids and evolved into a multidisciplinary educational program for all ages. Hosted by drag queen Charmin Ultra with cartoon anchor Hello Mellow, Sez Me captures unscripted interviews with children from all backgrounds.
SezMe.me is an affirming, uplifting, colorful and educational tool to engage all people in conversation about Gender and identity. This is the show we wish we could have watched when we were kids!
Mor Erlich is an openly trans visual artist, and the creator of Sez Me. Since relocating to New York City from Israel in 1996, and being rewarded precious mentors such as Circus Amok and Great Small Works, Mor has steadily created collaborations in animation shorts, music videos, and films dedicated to highlighting social issues and political undercurrents. For two years Mor worked with homeless LGBT teens at the Ali Forney Center as a youth counselor. He has continued his advocacy work promoting trans visibility and gender fluidity through presentations on inclusiveness and drag workshops with youth in the NYC area.
Jeffrey Marras/Charmin Ultra is a performance artist and self-proclaimed “Dragvocate.” He has been playing with gender for the past 10 or so years, but honestly since the first time he found his mother’s lipstick tube at a young age. In 2011, he shifted her focus from nightclub drag performance to working with Mor Erlich on the LGBTQ+ webseries, Sez Me. Since then, advocating for and mentoring queer youth has become their central focus. Marras/Ultra could not be more excited to partner with Abrons Art Center again after he and Mor co-facilitated a Drag Workshop for Urban Youth Theater in 2016.
Santiago Felipe was born and raised in Miami, Florida – a self-taught visual artist, photographer and director who currently works out of Brooklyn, New York. Santiago has had the pleasure of working alongside many talents such as Björk, SIA, Icona Pop, Tove Lo, Kate Nash and many others! He keeps busy as a contributor at Gettyimages and has had his work published in numerous publications around the world in print and on the web. Currently he keeps busy as Björk’s sole photographer for all live shows and public appearances, and worked on the artist promos for her 9th studio album, Utopia.
Kyrk Corbin is an NY-based artist and conceptual designer who joined the Sez Me crew for the show as a consultant and art assistant.
History UnErased (HUE) is an education non-profit whose mission is to bring LGBTQ history into all classrooms to create a more just and harmonious world. HUE’s educator trainings and unique LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Kits prepare K-12 teachers to proficiently and confidently infuse LGBTQ voices into all core subjects. HUE will begin working with NYC Public Schools in January 2018.
The Making Gay History podcast is bringing the voices of queer history to life through intimate conversations with LGBTQ champions, heroes and witnesses to history. The interviews Eric Marcus recorded for his authorship of Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights (1992) and Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights (2002) are engaging and empowering adult audiences around the world!
Sez Me, History UnErased and the Making Gay History podcast have teamed up to bring LGBTQ voices to all families, classrooms and communities! As a team, they are working to disrupt the cycle of fear and shame by engaging everyone with a more honest reflection of our shared human experience. #ReFuse2BErased