Our Flag Means Death’s Vico Ortiz Sets Sail With Fandom Infamy and Queer Pride


Vico Ortiz tips their hat on a beach.

Image: Photograph by Aaron Epstein/HBO Max

“I knew my character was going to be the queer one,” Vico Ortiz said in our interview last week. “I’m used to being the queer one.” Ortiz is speaking about their role in the hit pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death. Their character, Jim (shortened from their last name, Jiminez), is a transgender, nonbinary, Latine person who uses they/them pronouns… just like Ortiz.