Revry’s “To Be Me” Shines a Light on Gender Identity
If you’re searching for something new to watch during Pride Month, To Be Me is the latest Revry original series added to the streaming service. It is a scripted drama that tells the story of a young, Midwestern African-American who struggles with their gender identity.
To Be Me shines a light on a story we don’t get to see much of in media. Kate Rose Wilburn plays a non-binary trans female, along with Emmy award-winning actor Kim Estes as their father, and transgender model Corey Rae as their best friend.
Amanda Dash and Daan Jansen, both producers on ABC’s The Bachelor, joined forces to create this series when it “dawned on them that positive and realistic representation for the LGBTQI+ community in the media was few and far between.”
Dash, who served as a producer and writer on To Be Me, said, “I’ve been lucky enough to live in cities that are widely accepting compared to other parts of the world, yet there are still instances where I witness others dehumanizing my friends, and it breaks my heart every time.”
She went on to share, “As a TV producer in today’s society, I feel it’s not only my duty to cover the subjects that aren’t shown enough in mainstream media but to tell stories that truly reflect the lives of my friends.”
Jansen, who directed and co-wrote the series, echoed those sentiments and said, “It frustrates me that people who are transgender or struggling with their gender identity, do not receive that love and support and have to live their lives in fear. During our research, I met so many amazing people that inspired me to do anything and everything I can to make sure that their stories are being told. All humans, no matter who they are, deserve love and support to be their true selves.”
You can go ahead and watch To Be Me on Revry right now.
To Be Me is campaigning for the Emmys under the categories of Outstanding Short-Form Comedy or Drama as well as Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama for Kim Estes.
Good luck to the cast and crew involved!
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