As media starts to grow in its representation, more genderfluid and non-binary celebrities are starting to come center stage and share their stories. Gender, like sexuality, is a spectrum and many people fall within one end of it or the other. However, there are some people who fall in-between and are open about their non-binary identities, neither identifying as female or male. As the concept of the gender binary slowly starts to recede, it does make you wonder what people’s gender identities would look like if they were never introduced to the binary in the first place (we could have a much deeper and more beautiful expression of gender!).
Some non-binary people use they/them pronouns, while others use pronouns that correlate with the sex that they were assigned with at birth. Some also consider themselves transgender and non-binary, while others prefer to not identify with labels in general.
Still, no matter who they are or how they identify, these celebrities are breaking down barriers with their powerful visibility. and showing the world that they are able to be who they are and successful at whatever they wish to do. Here are some of the biggest non-binary celebrities that are breaking the gender mold…
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Jonathan Van Ness
Jonathan Van Ness has revealed that he is non-binary in an interview with Out, “The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it.”
Jonathan also said that he prefers he/him pronouns and that he only recently found learned about being non-binary. “I just didn’t know what the name was. I’ve been wearing heels and wearing makeup and wearing skirts and stuff for a minute, honey. I just like didn’t know that that meant — that I had a title.”
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star is currently breaking down barriers as one of the youngest non-binary actors in the industry. On Netflix’s What I Wish You Knew: About Being Nonbinary, Watson said, “I identify as both non-binary and pansexual, which are two very fancy ways of saying I don’t care.”
Asia Kate Dillon
Asia made history when they became the first non-binary actor starring on TV. Their big breakout role as Taylor Mason in Billions was the first non-binary character to regularly appear on TV. They’ve also said that playing Taylor made them realize that they are also non-binary.
“When I read the script for episode two and I saw the ‘they, theirs and them,’ that’s when the tears started to well up in my eyes,” they told Refinery 29. “Then when I read Axe’s response, which is, ‘Okay,’ and then the scene just continues, that’s what ultimately moved me to full-fledged tears.”
Angel Haze has been breaking barriers in the rap scene after her first successful album, Dirty Gold, came out in 2013. She identifies as agender and revealed in 2016 that she doesn’t have a preference towards pronouns. “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,” she told The Evening Standard.
Younger star Nico Tortorella has been open about his gender identity for quite some time now. While appearing in a video with Trinity Taylor, they revealed that they are genderfluid and prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
Before they came out as non-binary, Ser played Daysi Cantu on East Los High. Soon after, they became the breakout character on Vida for their role as Eddy. According to Remezcla, “they describe themself as a non-binary Latinx/Chicanx actor/playwright/artivist.”
As a genderqueer actor, Ellie is most known for their role as Michael in Rise. They have been an open activist focusing on queer and mental health representation in the media. They are also continuing to work on their music career.
Amandla first came out as non-binary in a Tumblr post in 2016. Since then, they have been a been an open activist for more representation in the media and starred in a number of movies including The Hate U Give and The Darkest Minds.
Before the release of his second album, Sam Smith told The Sunday Times that he was identified more in the middle on the gender spectrum. “I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much a woman as I am man,” he said. He officially came out as non-binary during an interview for “I Weigh” and still continues to use he/him pronouns.
Ruby has been pretty open about her gender-fluid identity and even released a short film about it back in 2014. “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral,” she told News Corp Australia. She has also said that she prefers she/her pronouns for the time being, although, she had previously wanted to transition from female to male.
LGBTQ rights activist Jacob Tobia has been open about their genderqueer identity in their writing. In 2015, they wrote an essay for MTV talking about being genderqueer, “I’m a genderqueer person who was assigned male at birth and likes to rock high heels and lipstick, but in the current moment of visibility for transgender women and men, very few people can seem to get my identity right.” They recently released a memoir, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, earlier this year.
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