“TO BE ME”
Struggling with Gender Identification
“To Be Me” is the latest Revry Original series added to their Pride Month slate. It is a scripted drama in the form of a queer digital series telling the story of a young, mid-western African American who struggles with their gender identity. Played by Kate Rose Wilburn, 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, “To Be Me” is here to shed light on the under supported subject of gender identity.
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 say, “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 stated, “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.”
To Be Me is campaigning for the Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama and the Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama for Kim Estes. This is the fourth year ever of all short form categories. To everyone involved with To Be Me, the short form category represents emerging creatives. It represents the work of those who may not have the support of a huge studio or multi-million dollar platform. Everyone involved with To Be Me voluntarily committed their time to create this story because of the passion they all had for the project. Regardless of how campaigning turns out, we know that everyone who watches the series will feel its impact.