Beginning as a digital magazine in 2013, OZY has moved into podcasts, events and original TV series featured on A+E, History, Lifetime, Amazon, Hulu, OWN, PBS and BBC. Chef Pax, Eggers and Montoya will now be part of those multi-platform storytelling initiatives.
“At OZY we feel the immense responsibility of pushing culture forward with the content we share and conversations we foster with our audience,” said CEO Carlos Watson. “We feel this is an important moment to highlight the complexity of humanity and the truly diverse life experiences of these incredible talents are one important way in which we can do that.”
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“Amplifying voices from within the trans community is not just in-line with OZY’s philosophy: It’s personal,” said Executive Director of OZY Studios Chris Rantamaki. “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know the impact of seeing ourselves reflected in pop culture. I’m excited about showcasing a wide spectrum of trans talent in our content, alongside some of the biggest celebrities in the world.”
Chef Pax is a Puerto Rican trans man who was named Best New Chef in 2019 by Food and Wine magazine. “I’m excited to work with OZY because I felt at home with them immediately,” says Chef Paxx. “I can’t wait to highlight my culinary skills and bring my queer kitchen sensibilities to the entire world.”
The Alabama-born Eggers is the first openly transgender person to enter a top college musical theater program. Of his new deal Eggers said, “I felt that my experience would be properly honored in the OZY family rather than tokenized…OZY sincerely brings forward those who have often been left behind. I am ready to help #ResetAmerica!”
Montoya, who identifies as a non-binary trans woman, is a makeup artist and model well-known on TikTok and Instagram. “Queer people need accurate representation,” said Montoya. “When I felt like I didn’t have a future or life wasn’t worth living, it was seeing positive representations in the media that proved to me that I have a happy and successful life ahead.”