Chet Sewell is a comedian based out of San Diego. During the day he is an educator in the San Diego Unified School District and big supporter of the LGBT community.
"I have always been an entertainer. Growing up in a big family, I needed someway to get attention.
As an educator, I’ve learned laughter and humor is an excellent way to teach. Students learn so much more when they are having fun and being entertained.I am motivated to keep doing it because there is nothing like the feeling of making folks laugh. To quote Sally Field: “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"
"All of my comedy is based on life experiences, growing up gay in Iowa, trying to fit in, things I find weird or odd. I have an M.A. in English so I love plays on words. I make fun of myself. Growing up, I used comedy as way to fend off the name-calling and bullying. I figured if I could make people laugh, they’d like me and not make fun of me or call names."
"I am co-chair of GLSEN San Diego and have been involved with GLSEN in Des Moines and San Diego for 15 years. I had the brilliant idea of combining the two things I’m passionate about (safe schools for ALL students and comedy) into an event that would help raise money to further our mission to support schools, staff and students and create school environments that are inclusive and safe."
"I worry that young LGBTQIA folks take for granted and/or are unaware of the struggles that those who came before us endured in order for us to reach this pinnacle in our history. I would love to see young folks taking a more active role in advocating for equality, not just for the LGBTQIA community, but for every community that has been/is still being repressed. "
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