Kersh Branz is a nonbinary artist, photographer, writer, speaker, and influencer based in San Francisco, California.
Kersh is a passionate advocate for queer families, the arts, education, and inclusion and is available to speak to both large and small groups about identity, creating art through trauma, healing, and other topics relating to gender and sexuality.
Kersh has over 12 years of industry experience working as a photographer. They have worked with a variety of publications, organizations, and individuals throughout the U.S. and the world. Their photography work focuses on portraiture, weddings and events, the arts, and curated projects.
In 2014 Kersh created their first independent portrait series called, The Pride & Joy Project that focuses on queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and their families. The work seeks to increase visibility and social equity for queer parents. The Pride & Joy Project has been featured in numerous publications, interviews, and pieces including O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and more. In 2016 Kersh created the facebook group, Queer Parents (formerly called, Queer Mamas*) that is a vibrant online community of over 18,000 people. Queer Parents provides a necessary space for conversation, support, and feedback for queer women, queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and people.
In 2017 dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, invited Kersh to collaborate on a brand new piece called Otherness for The San Francisco Ballet that explores gender and the effects of binaries in the world. Otherness is set to make its world premiere on April 21st, 2018 featuring costume designs by Sylvie Rood, promotional photos by Quinn Wharton, and music by John Adams. The podcast, Conversations on Dance, interviewed Myles, Sylvie, and Kersh during a Meet the Artists pre-show talk. You can listen to their conversation here: Bonus Episode: Live from San Francisco Ballet's Unbound Festival.
Kersh is currently writing, producing, and hosting a new podcast called Still Here Still Queer that is set to premiere in the fall of 2018. SHSQ focuses on queer identity and experience and aims to center the stories of transgender, gender nonconforming, gender expansive, and nonbinary artists and individuals in our community. For more information visit: www.stillherestillqueer.com.
Kersh is available for work as a photographer, speaker, and artist.
Kersh has worked with numerous clients (as a photographer) that are listed below.
They have spoken at schools and organizations around the Bay Area about gender, sexuality, and identity for years.
Bank of San Francisco, Mother Coders, Lesbians Who Tech, Northern California Grantmakers, Youth Speaks, The San Francisco Opera, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Family Equality Council, Néstle, MTV, OpenTable, Bloomspot.com, EaterSF, San Francisco Classical Voice, The Merola Opera Program, Silicon Valley Boys Choir, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Festival Opera, The Domestic Violence Consortium, Architecture for Humanity, Autodesk Gallery, The San Francisco Health Department HIV/AIDS Awareness Program, The GLAAD Media Awards, GO Magazine, The San Francisco Ballet, INSPIRARE Magazine, and many more.
O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, A Bicycle Built for Two, Elixher Magazine, GO Magazine, 86 Magazine, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, Offshoot Magazine, INSPIRARE Magazine, Jeanne Magazine, and others.
Creating The Pride & Joy Project and Queer Parents
The Pride & Joy Project began in the fall of 2014 and is an ongoing, independent portrait series focusing on queer mothers, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary parents and their families. For more information visit: www.prideandjoyproject.com
Interviews: LezBeMommies Radio & RoundHouse Radio, Vancouver
Publications: O! The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Jeanne Magazine, A Bicycle Built for Two.
- Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery presents The Pride & Joy Project: Portraits of Queer Motherhood*, August 5 - September 17th, 2017. SF, CA.
- The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center & The LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Associates presents LGBTQ Family Portraits, October 2 - 31st, 2017. Oakland, CA.