Gender, like sexuality, is a spectrum — and many people land somewhere in-between, meaning they don’t identify as neither male nor female.
As the terms non-binary and gender-fluid become more accepted, people (including celebrities!) are feeling more comfortable with owning who they are and proudly living their truth.
Many non-binary individuals use they/them pronouns, while others use pronouns that correlate with their assigned gender at birth (he/she), and others choose to live with no labels at all.
Celebs have been at the forefront of visibility, especially when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, and most recently A-listers such as Sam Smith and Demi Lovato have come out as non-binary, breaking the gender mold.
Scroll through the gallery below to see more celebs who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary.
The pop icon announced earlier this month that they are non-binary and their pronouns are they/them. "Living in the fourth dimension means living consciously in both time and space but for me it means having conversations that transcend the typical discourse. I wanna take this moment to share something very personal with you," Lovato said in a clip from their "4D with Demi Lovato" podcast on Wednesday, May 19.
They explained, "Over the past year and a half, I have been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work I've had the revelation that I identify as non-binary."
In January 2020, Monáe made headlines after retweeting a hashtag that read “#IAmNonbinary.” In an interview with Variety, the singer, who is openly pansexual, cleared up some of the confusion around her gender identity.
“You know, in the same way when Prince said, 'I’m not a woman/ I’m not a man/ I’m something that you’ll never understand' in the song 'I Would Die 4 U' — that resonated with me,” she said at the time. “I feel my feminine, I feel my masculine, I feel energy that I can’t really explain.”
Jonathan Van Ness
Van Ness captured the hearts of many when Queer Eye premiered in 2018. The vivacious reality star has been a consistent beam of light and positivity by unabashedly being himself. In a 2019 interview with Out magazine, JVN explained that the older he gets, the more he identifies as non-binary.
"I'm gender nonconforming," he said. "Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman."
In an interview with TIME magazine in 2015, the pop star stated she doesn’t care for the labels boy or girl and identifies as gender fluid, even though that's not perfect either. "I'm just equal," she said at the time. "I'm just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It's literally just how I feel."
Cyrus has been sexually open and androgynous for years, she said, and was the person in Nashville growing up that other sexually curious teenage girls would go to: "They all wanted to experiment. I was always the one."
The breakout star of the hit series Younger wrote about their gender fluidity in their 2019 book, Space Between. Tortorella and their spouse, Bethany C. Meyers, are both gender fluid and their marriage is polyamorous.
"When Bethany and I met in 2006, I was a boy and she was a girl, whatever that means," they wrote. "Today Bethany and I both identify as non-binary and prefer 'they/them' pronouns."
“I think we’re never going to solve anything by going into the man/woman construct. Step back to humanity,” the Charmed alum said, adding that they don’t want to be “labelled as a woman when I don’t even know what that means.”
The Batwoman star posted a five-minute video to YouTube in 2014, described as a "short film about gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo."
In the clip, Rose revealed that she spent her childhood "convinced" she was male, despite being assigned female at birth. "I used to pray to God that I wouldn't get breasts," she said. Now, the actress embraces a more fluid identity, using feminine pronouns.
In 2017, the singer said they feel "just as much woman as I am man," Smith told The Sunday Times. In a sit-down chat with actress Jameela Jamil, Smith talked about their gender identity, explaining, "I'm not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between."
The blonde beauty proudly came out as non-binary earlier this year. “They/them/theirs,” Stodden previously wrote alongside a selfie on Tuesday, April 13, sharing their new pronouns. “I don't identify as she or her. My spirit is fluid with a kaleidoscope of color.” Stodden shared that as a child they “never felt like I ever fit in anywhere” and admitted they were “bullied horribly in school because I was different.”