Janelle Monaé has come out as non-binary.
As Out points out, on Friday, GLAAD and The Human Rights Campaign promoted the Twitter hashtag #IAmNonbinary as a way to increase non-binary visibility and to correct misconceptions associated with the term. Monaé used the opportunity to publicly declare her own gender fluidity.
The 34-year-old musician quote-tweeted a pro-gender fluidity meme along with the hashtag #IAmNonbinary. “Are you a boy or a girl?” I am an experience,” reads the text portion of the meme, quoting a line from the TV show Steven Universe. The Twitter user who posted the meme added as a caption, “There is absolutely nothing better than living outside the gender binary,” to which Monae replied by posting the hashtag #IAmNonbinary.
Monaé previously said she identifies as both bisexual and pansexual, explaining that she is attracted to men, women, and androids. “I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new ‘other’. You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman… what I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the ‘other’ to connect with the music and to feel like, ‘She represents who I am.'”
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) January 10, 2020