Happy International Non-Binary People’s Day! To celebrate, I’ve rounded up a list of non-binary, genderqueer, and/or genderfluid celebrities. It can be really helpful and heartwarming to see the wide variety of people who are non-binary and to know that you’re not alone in your experience of gender.
Actor Amandla Stenberg is non-binary and prefers they/them pronouns, though they requested that their pronouns remain listed as she/her on Wikipedia so as not to affect their career.
Amandla wrote and directed two short films by the age of seventeen. The first was an adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper; the second was about a “spunky foster kid...seeking to find herself.”
While singer Sam Smith is still thinking through his gender, he has come out as non-binary and genderqueer. He says, “I’m not male or female, I think I float somewhere in between. It’s all on a spectrum.” In 2017 he said “he feels ‘just as much woman as I am man.’” Entertainment Weekly stated that Smith uses he/him pronouns, though they have no source for this.
Smith came out in an interview with Jameela Jamil for Jamil’s “I Weigh” body positivity project. Check out the photo Smith posted on his Instagram, or here’s my description of it:
A picture of Sam Smith and Jameela Jamil. Jamil is wearing a bright orange sweater and has one of her arms around Smith’s shoulders. She’s eating a cupcake with the other hand and looking at the camera. Smith, in a black sweatshirt, is loosely holding Jamil’s hand with one of his and eating a cupcake with the other.
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is non-binary and genderqueer! He uses he/him pronouns “but does not identify as a ‘man.’” In an interview with Out, he said, “some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman.” In response to a question about “feminine identity,” he said, “I feel like my feminine identity is what makes me the strongest.”
Look at his beautiful cat saying Happy Pride!
If you’d rather not click the link, it is a photo posted to Jonathan Van Ness’ instagram, @jvn, of a very fat grey and white cat standing on a kitchen countertop. The cat is sniffing a rainbow cake covered in sprinkles: layers of coloured cake are sandwiched between white icing. There’s a slice of cake on a plate with a fork in the foreground.
Actor and model Ruby Rose doesn’t “identify as any gender” -- she is “somewhere in the middle, which...is like having the best of both sexes.” She also identifies as genderfluid. Advocate wrote that she prefers she/her pronouns.
Ruby Rose posted a video to her YouTube channel in 2014 called Break Free in which she cuts her hair, takes off her makeup and nail polish, binds her chest, and puts on masculine clothing. Check it out here. (Binding with ace bandages the way she does in this video isn’t safe and can cause injury. Read Ygender’s article on binding safely here.)
The rapper Roes is agender. Two different articles from 2015 give conflicting accounts of his pronouns. Buzzfeed stated that he goes by they/them and strongly dislikes she/her pronouns. In the article from The Standard, Roes said he says they/them jokingly but hates it because it makes it sound as though he is multiple people, and she/her or he/him is fine.
He posted this photo for International Women’s Day, captioning it “im not just a woman, as a woman i have the ability to be anything i want. to be more than just a word, more than just a role. i am my own hero!!! #happyinternationalwomensday 🌹.”
Actor Ezra Miller said “I don’t identify as a man. I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human.” In a sprawling interview that covered such topics as their year 1 book report on a Stephen King novel and their four goats (I recommend giving it a read!), they said that their gender is fluid and they are “‘comfortable with all the pronouns.’”
Earlier this year, they attended the Met Gala in an incredible outfit. Find a picture of them taken by Dia Dipasupil here.