Actor and activist INDYA MOORE has long used their platform to speak out as a non-binary freethinker, helping to amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide. She sat down with Porter Magazine for a thoughtful reflective conversation.
Photography Camila Falquez
Styling Sean Knight
The 26-year-old is gearing up for a time of change in their life, having said goodbye to a career-making role as Angel Evangelista on the landmark series Pose, which is coming to an end with its third season this summer.
“I think change is really helpful for me right now,” they say, of looking on the positive side of starting a new chapter after this pivotal period. “And it’ll benefit my future because I’m moving into a place where I’m prioritizing and centering myself. I actually haven’t done that [before]. The one thing that I haven’t done is center myself; my joy.”
“I feel really, deeply connected to my inner child… I don’t know if a lot of our community knows that we get to do that, but I think it’s important to be reminded that we get to be in touch with our inner youth and that place that has been threatened and taken away from us so many times in our lives. Our innocence, our human curiosity, exploring clothing, fashion, toys… These things are so gendered. And, as a result, kids get punished for it and then we’re gaslit and told that we were confused by ourselves, but it’s really the world around us that’s confused.”
Moore credits their childhood growing up in the Bronx as fundamental to the indomitable spirit and defiance that now guide their artistic and political work.
“The Bronx is a melting pot. A lot of people from all around the world meet in New York… There’s a lot of survival in the Bronx, and I think it’s a place that has been stigmatized deeply as the less-preferred borough of New York, but [that’s] also idolized as the birthplace of hip-hop.”