These Hollywood stars have opened up about not fitting into a strictly "male" or "female" category.
Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Jonathan Van Ness, and Indya Moore all identify as non-binary.
Others, like "Batwoman" star Ruby Rose, have embraced a more fluid, label-free approach.
Angélica Acevedo contributed to a previous version of this post.
Lil Uzi Vert uses they/them pronouns.
Although Uzi did not clarify whether they identify as non-binary, the update took place just a few days after International Non-Binary People's Day on July 14.
Demi Lovato is non-binary and pansexual.
The "I Love Me" singer said they were "proud" to share the news on Instagram.
"Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all," Lovato wrote. "I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary & will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward."
"This has come after a lot of healing & self-reflective work," they continued. "I'm still learning & coming into myself, & I don't claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me."
Lovato had previously come out as pansexual and said they feel "so fluid now."
Janelle Monáe came out as non-binary on Twitter.
"There is absolutely nothing better than living outside the gender binary," the original Twitter user wrote.
In Monáe's retweet, she added the hashtag "#IAmNonbinary" with the Saturn emoji. (Monáe did not clarify if her pronoun preferences have changed, but has previously used she/her).
Back in 2018, Monáe said that she identifies as pansexual.
Sam Smith is now using they/them pronouns "after a lifetime of being at war with my gender."
In a 2017 interview with The Sunday Times, Smith said they feel "just as much woman as I am man."
In a subsequent conversation with actress Jameela Jamil, Smith discussed their gender identity as well as other topics relating to body image.
"I'm not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between," Smith said during the interview, which was part of Jamil's Instagram show "I Weigh Interviews."
The Grammy-winning singer said they realized they were non-binary when they learned about the words "non-binary" and "genderqueer."
Smith later took to Instagram to announce that they've officially decided to change their pronouns, despite understanding "there will be many mistakes and mis gendering."
"After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out," they wrote in a lengthy caption. "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it!"
"All I ask is you please please try," Smith added. "I hope you can see me like I see myself now."
Netflix star Brigette Lundy-Paine said they "always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither."
Lundy-Pain, who stars on Netflix's "Atypical" and previously appeared in the 2017 film "The Glass Castle," clarified their gender identity on Instagram.
"I'm non-binary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither. using they/them as of late n it feels right," Lundy-Pain wrote. "scary af to come out n been rly putting this off. But I feel I owe it to myself and to all of us who struggle w gender. If you're NB comment and celebrate yourself! u r beautiful and u r whole."
Jonathan Van Ness is "gender nonconforming."
Van Ness stole the hearts of many when "Queer Eye" premiered on Netflix in 2018. Since then, he has become a beacon for self-love and self-expression, by unabashedly sharing his own journey of acceptance and making killer fashion statements on the red carpet.
In an interview with Out Magazine, Van Ness 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."
The stylist also clarified their pronoun preference in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
"I am literally OK with 'he', 'she' or 'they,'" Van Ness said. "I've never felt the binary was something I fit into anyway, even though I didn't know there was anything I could do about it."
Amandla Stenberg identifies as non-binary, but said she doesn't need gender-neutral pronouns "to feel comfortable."
Stenberg, who broke out as a young actor playing Rue in "The Hunger Games" and recently starred in the celebrated film "The Hate U Give," first came out as non-binary with a Tumblr post in 2016. Stenberg, who also identifies as gay, wrote that she doesn't feel like a woman all the time.
She subsequently shared that she'd like to begin using they/them pronouns, even as followers criticized her for it: "I'm allowed to explore myself and how I see myself in the world however the fuck I want," she wrote.
In 2018, Stenberg told the Washington Post that she realized she "didn't need those pronouns to feel comfortable... And it felt almost detrimental to those who really did need them."
Ruby Rose's short film "Break Free" was an ode to gender fluidity.
In 2014, the Australian model and "Batwoman" star posted a five-minute video on YouTube, described as "a short film about gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo." It has since been viewed more than 50 million times.
"I put this video out that I really intended to be therapeutic for myself and was intended to be viewed by, you know, the hundred-or-so-thousand people that are on my Facebook," she told the Guardian. "Obviously it's very autobiographical."
Rose went on to say 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, Rose embraces a more fluid identity. She uses feminine pronouns, but told the Guardian that she's "neither" male nor female.
"I feel like I'm a boy, but I don't feel like I should've been born with different parts of my body or anything like that," she said. "I feel like it's just all in how I dress and how I talk and how I look and feel, and that makes me happy... I really sit in a more neutral place, which I'm grateful for as well."
Nico Tortorella is gender fluid and uses they/them pronouns.
Nico Tortorella, the breakout star of TV Land's "Younger," wrote about their approach to gender, sexuality, and monogamy 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," Tortorella wrote. "Today Bethany and I both identify as non-binary and prefer 'they/them' pronouns."
Tortorella has also written about gender identity on Instagram.
"We are ALL multidimensional dynamic creatures and as much as I understand the spectrum, the less I believe in the binary of gender, the more liberated I myself am becoming," they wrote in 2018.
Asia Kate Dillon asked for their "John Wick" character to be non-binary.
Asia Kate Dillon appeared on the silver screen alongside Keanu Reeves in "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum."
In an interview with Insider, the actor revealed how they advocated to bring a bit of their own identity to their role as the Adjudicator in "John Wick."
"I just said to [director] Chad [Stahelski] and Keanu, you have a real opportunity here," Dillon said. "I'm a non-binary person. This character could be non-binary."
Dillon added that they were all on board to include an aspect of gender diversity to an already diverse franchise.
"It was a real thrill for me to get to bring that to the table and have it be warmly received," they said.
Dillon is also known for their role as Brandy Epps on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and Taylor Mason on Showtime's "Billions," a character who's also non-binary.
Tommy Dorfman said "biologically I am male... yet inside, I am considerably more female."
You might remember Tommy Dorfman as the openly gay character, Ryan Shaver, on Netflix's "13 Reasons Why," but they also joined the cast of "Jane the Virgin" for its final season. The Atlanta native also starred alongside Tortorella in "Fluidity," a 2019 film that follows the lives of 10 millennials residing in New York City.
The actor and writer told Out Magazine in 2017 that they've "had a lot of insecurities about being gay in this industry."
Last year, they wrote an essay for Teen Vogue about the complexities of wearing gendered clothing as a non-binary person.
"Physically, biologically I am male, and I've never wanted to change that," Dorfman wrote. "Yet inside, I am considerably more female. My spirit is more female, this even my therapist could intuit."
Bex Taylor-Klaus is trans non-binary.
Bex Taylor-Klaus has had quite a successful career in Hollywood so far, with roles in Netflix's "Dumplin,'" and on AMC's "The Killing," The CW's "Arrow," and MTV's "Scream" (to name a few).
In an interview with Autostraddle in 2018, the young actor spoke about their struggle to freely explore gender, both in our society and in the industry.
"In this day, exploring gender is taboo and stigmatized but to a lesser extent [than in the past], and it's something that I've always been a little bit afraid of because my industry can be a little bit brutal," Taylor-Klaus said.
The Atlanta native added that the shoot, which features them wearing various looks — such as a crop top with boots in one instance and a button down shirt with a tie in another — was a way to show that they can be a "chameleon."
Just a month after that, Klaus tweeted that they did in fact identify as non-binary.
"I came out as trans non-binary in a room full of people today," Klaus wrote in the tweet. "Guess it's time for me to do that on here, too … Hi. I'm Bex, and the rumors are true. I'm v enby [non-binary]."
Indya Moore has self-identified as "non binary," "femme," and "Agender feels fitting too."
Moore was assigned male at birth. Although they began their career as a model, they broke into TV and films by playing background characters. Now, they play a trans woman named Angel on FX's "Pose," a trailblazing show about NYC's legendary underground ballroom culture that began in the 1980s.
In a conversation with costar MJ Rodriguez for L'Officiel Magazine, Moore talked about why representation is mandatory, as well as identifying as non-binary.
"I'm non-binary but I don't really talk about it that much," they said. "I don't feel like people really are there yet for understanding it, which I don't mind, but I also acknowledge the way people see me as a woman."
Moore has also clarified that they prefer they/them pronouns on Twitter: "I'm non binary, femme, Agender feels fitting too. My pronouns: they/them/theirs. I correct people often. At times they ignore me & I tolerate it to avoid conflict/irritation but it's upsetting to feel like i'm 'too much' in a world that takes so much from trans people constantly."
Lachlan Watson is one of the youngest non-binary actors in Hollywood.
Lachlan Watson is just one of the breakout stars of Netflix's "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," who plays trans teen Theo Putnam.
In an interview with MTV News, the teenage actor opened up about their gender identity journey, describing it as a three-part opera. In Act 1, at 13 years old, Watson said that they identified as a cisgender lebian. For Act 2, they came out as trans.
Now, in Act 3, they identify as non-binary.
The North Carolina native also explained that they are in a constant struggle to not put themself inside of a box.
"That's sort of why I call it 'gender freedom' as opposed to gender fluidity, because instead of fluctuating between two options or three options or four options, you're just sort of free," Watson said in the interview. "I've found it a really beautiful thing to just not limit myself as much as I used to."
Liv Hewson would "love to play a non-binary person."
Liv Hewson starred alongside Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant on Netflix's dark comedy, "Santa Clarita Diet." Although the show was canceled in April after three seasons, the Aussie actor has a few projects in the works.
Hewson, who is also a playwright, spoke to A Beautiful Perspective last year about coming out as non-binary when they were 16.
"For a long time, though, I had no idea how I was going to be open about it professionally," Hewson said. "For ages it seemed like a possibility so out of reach, it never really crossed my mind, because I felt like it was impossible."
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