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Episode Three: On today's podcast we discuss our schedule of events, why you should get your convention tickets ASAP, where to see Merman Jax chase a lobster, and how we are supporting Asian and Pacific Island merfolk in May
We are so excited to be hosting a Pride Panel with these awesome mers! This is part of our ongoing Merfolk Representation Panel series, which as been championed and spearheaded by Merman Jax.
This panel is in celebration of Pride Month, and how it pertains to LGBTQ+ merfolk in the community. Panelists will discuss their experiences, triumphs, struggles and stories. Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ Merfolk around the world in legend, religion and tradition, and hear stories of these modern mermaid navigating the Mermaid community as both professional and recreational mers.
We are so lucky to feature panel moderator Merman Jax, Mermaid Echo, Mermaid Ariel, Merman Onyx and Mermaid Kairi!
Our tickets for this panel range from $1 - $20 and ALL proceeds will benefit the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. We support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community. We know your donations will help them continue their important work.
- This panel takes place on Friday, June 18th at 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
- Tickets $1-$20
- This panel takes place on an online platform
Based out of Los Angeles CA, but originally from the San Francisco area, Merman Jax (Jack Laflin), has always had the sea in his veins. From his Irish heritage on father’s side, his last name origins literally means Land of Lakes. The Irish grandfather he was named after was a sailor, while his Filipino grandfather was an abalone diver.
As the most actively working professional merman for about 10 years, he also founded and runs his own event entertainment company, Dark Tide Productions.
His company Dark Tide Productions is rooted in diversity and has become a leading force in suppling mermen, LGBTQIA+ performers and entertainers of color. Merman Jax seeks to create a world where the merfolk of the world who feel different, not only feel accepted, but celebrated and given the professional opportunities that many do not afford them. He and his company also support a variety of charity events including Make a Wish, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Wolf Connection, Breakfast with Santa, shark ‘adoption’ through the Aquarium of the Pacific and of course the CBS Studios Pirate fundraiser.
Echo is a professional mermaid entertainer of 6 years who specializes in children's conservation education. Long interested in how environmental justice intersects with gender, Echo was the co-founder of the University of Wisconsin - Madison's first intersectional feminist publication, Bell Magazine, where they served as the managing editor until their graduation in 2019. With a BA in journalism and marketing, and minors in gender and digital studies, Echo currently works for a prominent natural resources agency. They were a 2019 applicant for the Irish Hardiman Scholarship with a proposal to study how marginalized genders are disproportionately affected by environmental injustices. This topic is still of interest to them, and they are now in the application process of pursuing a MA in freshwater sciences with a thesis that will focus on environmental justice and the marginalization of disenfranchised youth and/or marginalized genders.
Merman Onyx was born and raised along the San Joaquin river, in beautiful California's San Francisco bay area. Onyx became a mer in 2018 but was swimming before he could walk. He is a creative soul who's passions range from photography to interior design. His colorful aquatic inspired pieces can be found at Willow Park Mercantile, a home decor store owned by him and his husband of 21 years.
Ariel (she/they) is a professional mermaid at Dive Bar in Sacramento, CA and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. She loves that there is so much overlap between the two worlds, especially when it comes to embracing and celebrating parts of yourself that are often deemed unconventional by society's standards. She has a deep appreciation for all things queer and whimsical and is grateful to be a part of this wonderful panel
Mermaid Kairi grew up in Southern California and has been mermaiding for over 4 years now. Working with Dark Tide Productions, she has had the opportunity to be a part of pride celebrations like Gay Days Anaheim. While she rarely talks about it, she is a part of the LGBTQ+ family and is very excited and a bit nervous to share that side of her life with you all.
Congratulations to Erin St Blaine for winning our Sand Castle Contest! You voted this glowing, color changing, musical castle as your top pick.
Check out the video to see it in action!
Join our Panalists, and Merman Jax as he hosts our Second Annual Representation Panel. Panelists will discuss visibility and representation in the mermaid community and industry; and how their personal journeys have shaped their mermaid experience. At this important turning point in American history, it is of the greatest importance to discuss issues of race, gender, and sexuality in all aspects of life...including our relationship to merfolk.
TRIGGER WARNING: This video contains discussions on race, exclusion, pain and judgement.
Hosted by Society of Fat Mermaids founder, Chè Monique; meet plus sized professional mermaids from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists will share how they made their way in the world of mermaiding. Learn how their size impacts their lives as merfolk. Panelists will discuss how they handle bullying and criticism online and in person, practicalities such as tail fit and transport, and what it means for them to be fat mermaids.
Learn four helpful poses for those tricky gigs where you are a landlocked mermaid! Join professional mermaid and bellydancer, Mermaid Farasha, the Desert Siren, as she breaks each pose down for easy use.
Find Mermaid Farasha the Desert Siren at http://www.mermaidfarasha.com/
Learn about the #MerfolkforBlackLives movement, as well as the organizations Black Womxn United, and Sisters of Nia - we will be collecting donations to both groups during The California Mermaid convention - http://californiamermaidcon.com/
Original #MerfolkForBlackLives videos by Mermaid Che Monique - https://youtu.be/S2QIpfIX2jg and https://youtu.be/u__CwHnkitU Mermaid Che Monique - www.mermaidchemonique.com, www.facebook.com/mermaidchemonique and www.instagram.com/mermaidchemonique Mermaid Che's Body Positive Clothing Brand - www.societyoffatmermaids.com
You’ve seen them in films such as Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the Harry Potter-world of Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindlewald, of course The Water Horse and even very recently in Frozen 2. These enigmatic and fascinating creatures while related to each other, absolutely have their own unique, geographical origins and physical attributes. From a merman’s perspective, we will be primarily discussing the differences between Hippocampi and Kelpies, as these are the two species that are most often confused with each other. Where do these creatures live? What do they look like? Are they dangerous or are they friendly? Please join Merman Jax as we whimsically dip our toes in the water with these magnificent and aquatic steeds. Just make sure a Kelpie isn’t lurking around…
Participate in our Digital River Clean Up and donate to the American River Parkway Foundation - https://californiamermaidcon.com/sund...
Join Beyond Geek host Joe Gillis, and convention organizer Mermaid Rachel as they showcase the mermaid-themed episode of Beyond Geek! Surprises in store for the future of the show...
Beyond Geek - http://www.beyondgeek.com/
Academy Award winning FX artist Robert Short tells us about making the iconic tail for Daryl Hannah's 'Madison', in the Touchstone film, Splash. What went into creating one of the most iconic movie mermaid tails to be captured on celluloid? And what was the deal with that lobster scene? Tune in and find out all this and more!
Join professional FX and makeup artist, Nicole Nemecia as she creates a dreamy mermaid look, inspired by one of her favorite artists!
Have some amazing Mermaid Content you want to share with us?
The California Mermaid Convention is seeking out presenters to engage in digital meetings during our online event. If you have Mermaid Content you would like to share in the form of an online symposium, lecture, workshop or class, we would love to hear your pitch!
Our digital presentations will be held on an online platform (platform TBD) for a live audience. Check out the application below for more details
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