Dance Moms alum Zackery Torres has announced that they are switching after coming out as transgender and non-binary.
The 22-year-old, who uses both she/she and she/her pronouns, took: TikTok on May 30 to share their “life update” with their followers, saying it was the first time they opened up about themselves since December 2020.
“I’m switching!” the reality star shared. That means I’m transgender if you didn’t already know. My pronouns are she/she, which means they or she are totally fine, and I’m just here to tell you I’m going to be posting more on TikTok and I’m excited about it!”
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‘Life update’: Zackery Torres announced on TikTok last weekend that they are switching after coming out as transgender and non-binary
Excited: I’m switching!’ the reality star shared. That means I’m transgender if you didn’t already know. My pronouns are she/she, which means they or she are all right’
More than 50,000 people liked the post and hundreds of fans shared their enthusiasm for Torres in the comments.
‘YES BABE, I’M SO SO SOLVED FOR YOU. I CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH MORE OF YOUR TRIP!!’ one person wrote, while another said: ‘So happy for you!!! Much love dear.’
Someone else asked if they were planning to change their name, and Torres said they would drop by Zackery Lennon.
In March, Torres celebrated their 22nd birthday by sharing childhood photos of himself, writing, “This is (and always was) Zackery Lennon Torres (she/she), a transgender, non-binary person.
“Thank you to everyone who helped me feel loved and ready to be myself on #22!” they added.
Looking back: In March, Torres celebrated their 22nd birthday by sharing childhood photos of himself
Candid: ‘This is (and always was) Zackery Lennon Torres (she/she), a transgender, non-binary person,’ they captioned the images
Memories: Torres was the first male participant in Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition with coach Abby Lee Miller, and they later played on Dance Moms (pictured, center)
Torres was the first male participant in Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition with coach Abby Lee Miller and later played on Dance Moms with Madison Ziegler.
Torres this month celebrated his graduation with honors from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance,’ e! Online reported.
The dancer shared a photo of herself in their red and gold sash, with the caption: “Today’s the big day, Zackery * in my parents’ voice.”
They are already enrolled in a Masters of Arts program in Public Relations and Advertising and are expected to graduate from the one-year program in 2022, according to their Twitter page.
Torres, who came out as a gender non-binary during their sophomore year at USC, opened up to the school’s student newspaper The Daily Trojan last year about how their experience on Dance Moms shaped their coming out.
Big moment: Torres emerged as gender non-binary during their sophomore year at the University of Southern California
Trailblazer: Inspired by their experiences as a dancer in the public eye, Torres founded Continuum Community, a company that aims to provide resources for gender inclusivity
Milestone: Torres celebrated his cum laude graduation from the University of Southern California this month with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance
“I started to see all the expectations that teachers — well-known dance teachers and well-known choreographers — had for me as a male dancer growing up and then identifying as a boy,” they said. “Oh, you’re too feminine, you have to dance like a man.” Just that teachers tell you that on national television, all these things, it really touched me.’
They added: “Everyone is always talking about how inclusive the arts communities are. But I just don’t really feel it. I don’t see it on an everyday scale.’
Inspired by their experiences as a dancer in the public eye, last July Torres founded Continuum Community, a company that aims to provide resources for gender inclusivity.
A month later, they published An Evolving Conversation on Gender: Dance Edition, a guide to gender inclusiveness in the dance community.
“Somehow my goal is to keep growing, keep pushing, so all the little young dancers out there can look up and see a non-binary dancer who’s gone through the convention circuit, who’s gone to college, trying to do something better for the community,” Torres explained during a conversation with ballet teacher Francisco Gella in March.
“When I think about gender inclusiveness and I think about how we can best move forward as a society and how we evolve and grow, I think about compromise… It’s not about compromising our identity; it’s about those who feel strong enough and comfortable enough to meet in the middle for a minute and then bring everyone on the side of inclusivity.”