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New York actress “embraced queer identity” in Liverpool

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An actress and playwright who moved to Liverpool from the United States said the city helped her embrace her identity as a queer person.

Sasha Georgette, 22, moved from New York to Liverpool in 2017 and found “strength” among the people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer scene in Liverpool.

She first moved across the pond to study acting at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

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New York City, home of Broadway, is often considered to be the heart of the American theater scene. According to hitmakers Alicia Keys, Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel, whose biggest hits are love letters to the city, there is “nothing you can’t do” in the Big Apple.

But after graduating from high school, Sasha, an aspiring actress whose interests lie in television and film, realized that the city’s theater scene was not her calling.

Sasha ECHO: “New York is based on music theater.

“We have no theater scene there, no fringe theater or any experimental theater.”

It was at this point that Sasha began looking for educational opportunities abroad and eventually discovered LIPA.

She continued, “C When I came here, I was shocked at how many options there were to do what I wanted to do. “

When she fell in love with British theater and mingled in Liverpool’s LGBT + scene, the New York native “changed” the way she sees herself.

At just 11 years old, Sasha knew she was “not straight” but was struggling to identify with the LGBT + umbrella.

Sasha said, “None of these titles really appealed to me.”

She described what she perceived as “internalized homophobia,” which led her to distance herself from the LGBT + community.

Sasha added, “I’ve been in a four-year relationship with a man so I’ve often had the privilege of being straightforward.

“But the more I said queer, I thought, Wow, that’s it. That’s me.”

Often added to the LGBT + acronym as the letter Q, queer is a word reclaimed by the community as an umbrella term to describe a person who is not straight, cisgender, or whose identity goes beyond the standard definitions of lesbian, gay , bisexual or transgender.

Sasha’s time in Liverpool helped her learn about internalized homophobia and gave her the “freedom” to be herself.

She said, “I broke up with my partner and said, ‘I’m queer’.

“I could finally say that proudly.”

As she became familiar with her identity, Sasha found new ways to explore the UK theater scene and learn more about her LGBT + counterparts.

Most recently, Sasha worked as stage and production manager on Sodomite’s September 2021 production of Killer Queen at Manchester’s Hidden Club, a queer-themed story set in the midst of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s.

Sasha said, “It felt so cool because most of the people who were there were part of the LGBT + community and it was a show to stand up for these people and focus on issues that affect the queer community.

“A lot of queer-focused shows in the West End or on the main stage are pretty archetypal and stereotypical. It could just be the essence of those shows, they don’t have time to delve into those intimate details.”

She added, “They read plays by British playwrights and their style is so different from US playwrights who write more intense shows made for main stage relationships.”

Sasha also pointed to the surge in hate crime in Liverpool, praising survivors for courageously speaking out against bigotry.

Sasha added, “I know there is so much homophobia in this city right now, but if these people hadn’t raised their voices after these attacks and they were so proud of themselves, I wouldn’t have found the strength to say that I was am queer. “

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