23 Celebrities Who Are Proudly Nonbinary

Being open about one’s gender and sexual identity—AKA “coming out”—is not as intimidating as it used to be, as demonstrated by those celebrities who have publicly declared themselves non-binary.

Sam Smith

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In a revealing 2019 conversation with Jameela Jamil, Sam Smith shared their perspective on gender identity, explaining that they see themselves as floating between male and female, all within a broad spectrum. By late 2019, Smith had adopted they/them pronouns. Their career continued to break barriers—in 2022, alongside Kim Petras, Smith became part of the first nonbinary duo to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their collaboration Unholy

This achievement marked a significant moment in music history, with Smith being recognized as the first openly non-binary solo artist and Petras as the first openly transgender solo artist to lead the chart since its inception in 1991.

Elliot Page

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Elliot Page publicly came out as transgender in 2020, sharing his journey and new pronouns (he/they) with the world through an Instagram post. 

In 2021, Page became the first trans man to appear on the cover of Time magazine, where he discussed the significance of his transition despite the challenges it posed. His visibility and advocacy continue to inspire many within and beyond the transgender community.

Brigette Lundy-Paine

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Brigette Lundy-Paine, celebrated for their role in Atypical, publicly came out as non-binary in 2019, embracing they/them pronouns. 

Lundy-Paine’s character in Atypical explores various aspects of LGBTQ+ identity, including bisexuality. Their personal and professional life reflects a commitment to representing and supporting diverse identities within the media.

Janelle Monáe

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While promoting their book The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer on Red Table Talk, Janelle Monáe came out as nonbinary in April 2022. They expressed their pronoun preference as they/them and she/her, emphasizing their commitment to standing with women, particularly Black women, on critical issues. 

Monáe’s announcement adds another layer to their multifaceted public persona, intertwining their artistic and personal identities with their advocacy.

King Princess

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King Princess, who came into the spotlight with their debut EP Make My Bed in 2018, has always identified as genderqueer. In a 2022 interview with Rolling Stone, they expressed comfort with any pronouns, reflecting a relaxed attitude towards the pronoun discourse. 

Their openness about their identity challenges traditional gender labels and promotes a broader understanding of gender fluidity in society.

Emma Corrin

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Emma Corrin, renowned for portraying Princess Diana on Netflix’s The Crown, came out as nonbinary in 2021. 

Corrin shared their insights about the binary constraints of society and their personal journey towards understanding their identity, which remains a work in progress. They use they/them pronouns, reinforcing their non-binary identity in both professional and personal contexts.

Miley Cyrus

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In 2015, while launching her #InstaPride campaign, Miley Cyrus discussed her sense of identity with Time magazine, emphasizing that her feelings of gender don’t connect to her physical appearance or fashion choices. 

That same year, Cyrus founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, inspired by the tragic story of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who ended her life. Through her foundation, Cyrus aims to support LGBTQ+ youth, advocating for acceptance and understanding.

Shea Couleé

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Shea Couleé celebrated for their triumph in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, has utilized drag as a medium to explore and express their non-binary identity. 

In an interview with Them, Couleé discussed how drag allows them to fully embrace their authentic self, describing the experience as liberating and integral to understanding their gender identity. Their presence in drag culture both entertains and educates about the fluidity of gender.

Cara Delevingne

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In her BBC documentary Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, British model and actor Cara Delevingne talked about her personal struggles with gender identity and sexuality during her teenage years, revealing the profound emotional challenges she faced. Delevingne, who identifies as gender-fluid and pansexual, shared how these internal conflicts once drove her to consider suicide. 

Throughout the documentary, Delevingne discusses the fluidity of her gender expression, explaining how she switches between identifying as female and occasionally presenting as male.  She criticizes the rigid binary structures society imposes and asserts her pride in being a woman, while also dismissing the need to confine herself within strict labels.

Miss Fame

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Miss Fame, known from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7, boldly declared their femme identity on Instagram in 2020, challenging societal labels and expectations. 

They have continued to use their platform to advocate for non-binary and transgender rights, appearing as a guest judge on Germany’s Next Topmodel and using their visibility to foster a greater understanding of gender diversity.

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato, an influential figure in music and acting, announced their shift to they/them pronouns in 2021. Lovato has openly shared their journey towards identifying as non-binary, marking a significant personal revelation on Twitter. 

Additionally, Lovato has embraced a fluid sexual orientation, highlighting an evolving understanding of their own identity, which includes the possibility of finding love across any gender spectrum.

Asia Kate Dillon

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Asia Kate Dillon made history as television’s first non-binary lead character on Billions. Dillon, who first gained wider attention on Orange Is The New Black, challenged the traditional actor/actress distinctions in Hollywood. 

In 2017, they questioned the necessity of gendered acting awards in a letter to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, influencing a shift towards more inclusive recognition practices, including the option for nominees to be recognized with the gender-neutral term ‘Performer’ at the Emmys.

John Cameron Mitchell

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John Cameron Mitchell, renowned for his role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, disclosed his nonbinary identity during a March 2022 interview with Pride magazine. This announcement was made casually, amid discussions about the mixed reactions his performances have sometimes elicited. 

Post-interview, there was some confusion regarding his preferred pronouns, as attempts by Pride to confirm this with Mitchell’s representatives remained unanswered. However, a later article in a Los Angeles magazine in June revealed that Mitchell had not opted to change his pronouns.

Angel Haze

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Throughout their career, rapper Angel Haze has been open about their gender identity, approaching it with a sense of straightforwardness and authenticity. 

In a 2015 conversation with CBS Philadelphia, Haze expressed indifference towards the pronouns used to refer to them, stating that they are comfortable with any label, including “he.” 

Halsey

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Halsey has previously expressed comfort with both ‘she’ and ‘they’, and shared her feelings about this change on Instagram. She emphasized the authenticity this pronoun update brings to her identity and expressed gratitude for the support from her fans. 

Halsey’s message highlighted the importance of expressing one’s true self and thanked her followers for their understanding and acceptance.

Lachlan Watson

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Lachlan Watson gained recognition for portraying the nonbinary character Susie Putnam on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Identifying as nonbinary themselves, Watson views their personal gender journey as a form of rebellion against societal norms. 

They have spoken openly about rejecting the expectations placed on them regarding their body and identity, encouraging others to embrace their true selves without conforming to conventional standards.

Bex Taylor-Klaus

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In 2018, Bex Taylor-Klaus announced their identity as trans non-binary through Twitter. Known for their role on the Scream TV series, Taylor-Klaus has since portrayed a nonbinary character on Fox’s Deputy, grateful for the opportunity to bring such nuanced representations to the screen. 

Their openness about their identity continues to resonate with fans and contributes to broader conversations about gender in media.

Amandla Stenberg

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Amandla Stenberg, known for their role in The Hunger Games, has been an active voice for LGBTQ+ youth and gender identity discussions. 

In 2017, Stenberg shared their views on gender, emphasizing its fluid nature and the limited significance of pronouns to their personal identity. They advocate for a flexible understanding of gender, encouraging conversations that challenge traditional norms.

Jonathan Van Ness

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Jonathan Van Ness, celebrated for their role in Queer Eye, discussed their non-binary identity and gender nonconformity in various interviews. 

Van Ness feels that their gender identity is fluid, shifting between feeling like a man and a woman on different days. They have expressed comfort with using any pronouns, emphasizing the fluid nature of their gender expression.

Nico Tortorella

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Nico Tortorella, known for their role in Younger, publicly shared their journey of gender exploration during the 2018 GLAAD Awards. Although the Instagram post has since been deleted, Tortorella’s message resonated with many. 

They discussed the evolution of their sexual identity and the recent developments in their understanding of their own gender identity and expression. Tortorella has begun to use they/them pronouns for themselves and advocates for the same consideration towards others when appropriate. 

Dua Saleh

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Dua Saleh, known for their work on the album Rosetta and their role in Sex Education, stands out as both an artist and activist. Saleh, who identifies as non-binary, discussed their journey and artistic inspirations in an interview with Them. 

They highlighted the transformative potential of various art forms, including manga, and expressed how these mediums provide unique opportunities for visibility and exploration for someone trans and nonbinary like themselves.

Sara Ramirez

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Sara Ramirez is best known for their portrayal of Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, a character that became one of the longest-running LGBT figures in US television history. 

Ramirez, who added the character’s bisexuality to the role, later came out as bisexual and subsequently as non-binary, adopting they/them pronouns. Ramirez continued to explore queer themes through their roles, including the non-binary character Kat Sandoval on Madam Secretary and the bisexual Che Díaz on And Just Like That….

Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose sparked significant conversations about gender identity following a 2014 interview with the Guardian after starring in Orange Is the New Black. 

In the interview, Rose expressed a feeling of being neither exclusively male nor female, identifying outside the traditional gender binary. This perspective has influenced her subsequent choices in both personal expressions and professional roles, particularly in action films like John Wick: Chapter 2.

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