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Rising Stars: Meet Jay Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Lopez.

Hi Jay, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a proud gay Latino born in México living in the USA. I serve three flags and two nations. My beliefs and culture are my best tributes to this world. When I was a teenager, I questioned God many times what my mission was, my purpose in life. I was raised in a small town where the catholic religion rules. In the eyes of many people, I was cursed, weak, not welcome, a joke, and many more. My grandfather was the first person that understood me and he will make me feel special.

I had no voice and tried to kill myself several times but God never let me do it. My safe place was in the church where I could be myself. I started to break free by singing and dancing. Art gave me the strength I needed.

Art is my way to communicate with the world because it has no limits.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being openly gay on television was in the past a resounding NO. I Lived in Miami, FL for over six years with the goal to work for the most viewed Latino television networks back then, Univision and Telemundo. I kept auditioning and all I got were small parts.

I was told once by one of the casting directors that people were not ready for me and my personality. It hurt so much and made me realize that I had to do something about it. Like Queen Elizabeth said once: If you want to see changes, start making them.

I started recording myself and posting videos on YouTube, I even told my story by naming it: Out of the closet. I am a content creator, my mind never stops. During this era, anyone can be famous by just doing something silly, risky, or disrespectful, I do not support it, I believe in true talent and good morals and that will never die in me.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I consider myself multi-faceted. I write, sing, dance, act, produce, direct, and much more. My art is family-oriented and very welcoming. I want to be a good example for other openly gay and queer wanting to create and make a name.

Good values must continue growing and equality. The best way to do it is by giving love to everyone, resources, and knowledge.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
The first time I ever performed in front of hundreds of people during a pageant competition, I felt with power. Hearing women screaming, clapping, and going crazy was the best feeling ever, for the first time I was wanted and welcoming. The lights, the music, and the moment was the sign I needed to make realize that I was born to be in the spotlight.

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