Says Who? SEZ ME!
November 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018
*Opening Reception and Performance Saturday, December 2nd, 6-9 pm at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
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 at the Abron’s Arts Center 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.
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, he has collaborated 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.
Jeffrey Marras/Charmin Ultra is a performance artist and self-proclaimed “Dragvocate.” He has been playing with gender for the past decade, 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.
Visit the Abrons Arts Center exhibition (November 29th through January 1st) and experience how Sez Me, History UnErased and the Making Gay History podcast are bringing LGBTQ voices to all families, classrooms and communities!
As a team, we are disrupting the cycle of fear and shame by engaging everyone with a more honest reflection of our shared human experience. #ReFuse2BErased
Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Arts Exhibition & Perfect City activities are made possible through the generosity of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Daniel J. and Edith A. Ehrlich Family Foundation, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders.