Transgender Actor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Zach Barack Will Speak to Valencians

Friday, October 15, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Zach Barack, a young transgender actor who appears in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” will speak via Zoom on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 1 – 2 p.m. The talk will be hosted by Humanities Professor Chris Mason.

Originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, Zach made history in summer 2019, as the first out transgender actor to carry a major role in a Marvel film. He also appears in the musical finale to the landmark Amazon series “Transparent.” Zach is also a comedian, a songwriter and a student at the University of Southern California.

After he graduated from high school, Zach split his time between working at a queer youth organization in Washington, D.C., and a cookie store. No one knew or discussed his trans identity at the store, but it was all he talked about at the organization — a double life not unlike Peter Parker’s, albeit one with less earth-shattering stakes.

“The story of having an identity that is hidden, or difficult to pick apart, goes hand in hand with a lot of superhero stories,” Zach said. “There were moments throughout my whole life where I thought: I have to be a kid, but there’s this other side of myself that everybody else doesn’t know about. Do I share it with them or do I not?”

In his talk, viewers will get to hear his insights on queerness, coming of age, and the complexities of seeing yourself as a hero.

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