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Buzzfeed’s Docuseries “The Andrea Mares Project”

BuzzFeed’s As/Is presents “The Andrea Mares Project,” a docuseries that shadows Andrea Mares, a trans-feminine Latinx, as she embarks on the journey towards a true and fulfilling self.

Spanning across the month of Pride through June 25, the six-part series follows Andrea Mares, a former BuzzFeed employee, who invited the BuzzFeed editorial team to film her transition journey in 2017.

The docuseries is an unflinching account of the full transition process— from her initial doubts, painful conversations with her family in Mexico, physical changes, feminine style evolution, coming out at her workplace, and ultimately accepting her true identity as a gender neutral, trans-feminine Chicana.

Andrea Mares on selecting BuzzFeed as the platform to showcase her story raw and unfiltered:

“When I first started transitioning, I was overwhelmed because I had never met another Trans Latina and had so many questions. I turned to Youtube for stories that looked and sounded like me. While I did find a few videos that I resonated with, it was almost impossible to find anything at the intersection of being Trans and Mexican. That’s when I realized what an opportunity we had in sharing my story and helping others feel less alone. My hope is that people who are thinking about transitioning will see some of themselves (or their future) in my story. I’m really excited to share this journey with the world and hope that it can inspire people to step into their more authentic self, or, at least, learn more about some of the complexities that Trans Latinas face.”

“The Andrea Mares Project” is the latest example of BuzzFeed creating content that both represents and taps into the Latinx and LGBTQ communities, including its Facebook Watch original series “My Quinceanera Come True” and “Tasty Pride: 75 Recipes And Stories From The Queer Food Community.” 

Beyond heritage months and commemorative observances, BuzzFeed is committed to create identity-based content year-round through its Latinx heritage brand Pero Like, its dedicated LGBTQ vertical and more.

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