About our Panelists
About Camille Pier
Camille Pier has been writing and performing under the pseudonyms Nestor (in slam) and Josie (in cabaret) since 2012. He is a writer and performer of poems, songs and shows that mix poetry, humor, dance and queer activism.
He is currently recording an album for his new musical project "Pierre Rococo", at the crossroads of music, performance and cartoon. Since 2020, he has returned to the visual arts to illustrate his texts and those of other authors, and is preparing a comic book project. Since April 2020, he has been conducting a poetic investigation into masculinities with men and people who identify with the masculine. The future work will aim to represent other models of men.
About Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull
Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull is a French intersectional multidisciplinary artist based in Paris. From 2017-2018 she was spotted trying her hand at theater, acting and modeling. She thus begins to live thanks to her image. Putting aside her artistic practice, which is censored as soon as she arrives in Paris, in order to focus on her transition and to be able to support herself.
In 2019 she signs in agency as an « inbetween » model. In the continuity she makes her debut in the cinema, and after some small roles she becomes known in 2018 in the film Climax by Gaspar Noé, thanks to her role of a cisgender mother. She was also contacted in 2020 to interpret a role in the music videos of the EP Air by Jeanne Added.
Mainly at the beginning of her career as a model, she also works as a physiognomist at Parisian LGBTQIA+ and/or racialized parties. This contact with the nightlife opens new doors for her as she simultaneously tries her hand at DJing and performs at an event at the Gaité Lyrique in 2019. Finally, because of her intersectional position and her commitment to the trans community, she was recruited in 2021 as a queer consultant for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Although her plastic art practice has slowed down, Claude-Emmanuelle is in perpetual representation of her main subject: the construction of identities. This is what she strives to bring to life every day through her transition on social networks.
About Sandy Duperval
Dynamic, passionate, talented are just some of the words that describe solo artist Sandy Duperval. Born and raised in Montreal, she started singing at age 3 and by 5 years old began performing, becoming a lifelong passion. While in college majoring in jazz vocals, Sandy found her footing as a solo artist and began an 11-year residency at Unity Nightclub in Montreal, Quebec.
Her unique stage presence has kept her schedule full with bookings in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City in her native Canada, and she has also performed in Florida, Morocco, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Dubai.
She has opened for acts such as Bob Sinclair, Lil Jon, Ultra Nate, Carnage, Travis Scott, Chus & Ceballos, Morabito, Ruby Rose, and others. She has recorded with dance music producers such as Jason Fraser (Toronto), Kone & Marc Palacios (Spain), Edhim (Morocco), Stan Courtois (NYC), Etienne Osborne (Ottawa), and Martin Villeneuve (Gatineau). Among her achievements is her appointment as Ambassador of the first Canada Pride in 2017 and Montreal Pride since 2016. You can now listen to her latest remix of talented Canadian Artist December Rose “When we were young”.
She has toured 30 dates in the United States and performed live on television for “We Day” and the US Open. She was also the performer for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Holiday events in 2019.
About Richard Morales
Richard Morales is Manager of Community Partnerships at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. He was previously manager of Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio. Originally from Brooklyn and of Puerto Rican descent, Richard attended Oberlin College where he studied Latin American Studies with a concentration on Literature and Fine Arts. He has independently curated exhibits/events that address inclusion/representation for the Hispanic Federation’s Fuerzafest and for the Leslie Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Teatro Círculo, NYC as well as on the advisory board for Making Gay History.
About the Moderator
About Sarah Prager
Sarah Prager, a graduate of Boston University, is the author of three books for youth about LGBTQ+ history. She has presented on this topic to dozens of audiences across six countries and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, HuffPost, The Advocate, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, Fodor's Travel, JSTOR Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in central Massachusetts with her wife and their two young children. Learn more at www.sarahprager.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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