EXCLUSIVE: Ser Anzoategui Talks About Their Journey Identifying as Non-Binary
For Pride Month Ser Anzoategui, who identifies as non-binary opened their heart and spoke exclusively with Latinx Now! about the change that is currently being experienced regarding the identity of a person, which can change at any time.
As part of the LGBTQ + community, Ser was sincere about the moment in which they felt they belonged to this group.
“I really had my experience and knew this feels good and it not just feels good, it aligns. I am free,” they said. “I am flowing through my day to day and I feel this vibration, this energy that I haven’t felt before. That’s when I was like yes, I am definitely, definitely queer,” they expressed.
The Hollywood star acknowledged that the term "non-binary" to define people is often misunderstood. The main misconception that people have about this new form of inclusion is that people think that it is a label that defines someone in a single way, which, as Ser explains, it is not.
Non-binary gender identity is a term used to describe individuals who may experience a gender identity that is neither exclusively male or female or is in between or beyond both genders.
The LGBTQ + community breaks the stigmas and conservative norms of society under which Ser once had to live. That’s why, currently, with all the information they have and the freedom in which they live, they have an important message for their "younger self.”
“I want to commend you on everything that you have gone through and know that everything is for a reason. Write it down and know that your intuition and what you feel about things are spot on,” Anzoategui said. “Just keep going and keep loving everybody around you,” they added.
On who their greatest ally has been, Ser said that film producer Roland Palencia
has not only been an ally for them, but also for many others.
In 2011, Palencia was named the new CEO of Equality California, the state's gay rights group.
Roland is a pioneering LGBTQ activist and founded a series of Queer Latinx organizations in the 1980s, including Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos and VIVA !, an arts organization. Currently, he is the Director of Community Benefits, and a leadership coach in L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation's largest public health plan.
Anzoategui who plays Eddy in the Starz series, "Vida", says the new term "Latinx" is important in a context of inclusion of gender identity, which according to Ser does not anything to do with sexuality.
Ser Anzoategui believes that they have no other option, other than to share with their fans part of what they are and how they joined the LGBTQ + community. Anzoategui also considers it important to express themselves and create their own characters, since they did not have the opportunity to be part of castings.
“We talk about work and employment. It’s utterly important to hire those LGBTQ folks. People that do not pass. Those that are within the binaries, without the binaries it’s important to really close the gap,” they said.
“Because I had no other choice but to produce my own work, and that was the story that I needed to tell,” they added. “I was tired of being silenced, tired of being invisible and it was my time to tell a story in my terms and being mindful of others as well,” they concluded.
Watch the video above to find out more details about Ser's journey.
For the rest of Pride month, Latinx Now! will continue to release exclusive journey videos. Find out who will be the next celebrity participating next Friday.