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Season 2 of ‘Vida,’ Starz queer Latinx series, to premiere in May

Starz’s queer Latinx drama “Vida” will be returning for its second season in late spring.

Queer Latinx series

“Vida” follows the drama, romance, and novela-type shenanigans of the Hernandez sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), who have returned to the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights after their mother dies. For example, they quickly discover that their mother’s female roommate, Eddy (Ser Anzoategui), was her wife, and the sisters get entangled with long buried ghosts from their pasts.

Tanya Saracho, who identifies as queer, is the series creator and showrunner.

Anzoategui identifies as queer and non-binary and uses the pronouns them/they.

Starz’s ‘Vida’ explores queer Latinx experience

‘Vida’ season 2 premieres

“Vida” will premiere on the network May 26. For fans who want to binge the series’ 10 half-hour episodes, they will be available May 23, Starz announced this week.

“Vida” also will have a world premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival May 2.

Season one ended with Eddy surviving a brutal hate crime attack, and the sisters deciding to save their mother’s lesbian bar and help the tenants living in the apartment building they inherited.

‘Vida’ season 2, actor Ser Anzoategui wants these storylines

Season 2 storylines

What’s in store for season 2? It’s very complicated.

“Lyn and Emma begin the monumental task of rebuilding their mother’s business while navigating financial constraints, competing developers, and the growing anti-gentrification movement,” according to a statement from Starz. “They must contemplate the relationships in their lives, including their own, and are forced to dig deep to unearth what their mother’s legacy means to them.”

‘That badass show’

Anzoategui told Q Voice News last year that “Vida” spotlights not only the intersectionality of the audience, but also the writers, and the “possibilities are endless”

“The LGBTQ storyline is important, and there’s an intersectionality in audiences,” Anzoategui told Q Voice News last year. “The story is being told by all brown people, some Latinx and some queer. This is what can happen. We can show that we can create our own stories. The possibilities are endless.

“It’s more than a Latin show. It could become a universal show,” Anzoategui said. “That badass show.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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