Thanks to the rising profile of transgender celebrities like actor Laverne Cox and writer Janet Mock, Hollywood is finally aware of transgender issues. We know there are trans people out there who are talented, beautiful, and famous, but what about celebrities who are genderfluid or non-gender-conforming?
Until 2014, Bosnian-Australian model Andreja Pejic identified her gender as nonbinary and didn't identify as either a man or a woman. “There are just more categories now,” she told Vogue in 2015. “It’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated.” Other people, including famous and influential ones, have identified the same way. Below is a list of musicians, actors, writers, performers, and artists who have identified as non-gender-conforming, genderfluid, genderqueer, agender, pansexual, or nonbinary, or something else in between.
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Janelle Monáe came out as nonbinary during the April 21, 2022, Red Table Talk with co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
“I just don’t see myself as a woman solely. I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.' And if I am from God, I am everything. But I just see everything that I am, beyond the binary.” However, the singer noted they would “always aways stand with women" and “always stand with Black women.”
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Crazy, Stupid, Love star and America's Next Top Model contestant Lio Tipton came out as queer and nonbinary on Instagram on June 3, 2021.
"Hi. My name is Lio. My pronouns are they/them. I am proud to announce I am queer and I identify as non binary. I hope to give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large," Tipton wrote.
Demi Lovato revealed in a video shared to social media on May 19, 2021, that they are non-binary, and would prefer to be referred to using "they/them" pronouns going forward.
"I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression, and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering," they said, adding, that they came to the decision after "a lot of healing and self-reflective work."
Sam Smith took to Twitter on September 13, 2019, to reveal they would be changing their pronouns to "they/them."
Smith wrote: "Today is a good day so here goes. I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM. After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out..."
Rapper and occasional model Roes (previously known as Angel Haze) identifies as pansexual and told BuzzFeed in March 2015, "To be honest with you, I'm not really a girl... If anything I'm more on the guy end of the spectrum."
In 2015, she also told the Evening Standard, "I sound like four people when I get written about as 'they.' It drives me crazy. If you call me 'him' or 'her' it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience."
Alok Vaid-Menon, who goes by ALOK, is a writer, performance artist, community organizer, and Stanford graduate. They are the author of Femme in Public and Beyond the Gender Binary.
"I want every person questioning their gender out there to know that you are enough," Vaid-Menon says. "There is no one way to be a boy, a girl, or even transgender - there are as many genders as there are people on this planet."