Joanne Vannicola

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Joanne Vannicola
Date of birth 1968
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Nationality Canadian
Pronouns they/them[2]
Gender identity nonbinary[3]
Occupation actor, activist, author


Joanne "Jo" Vannicola is a Canadian actor. Some of their roles include Dr. Naadiah in Being Erica, Dr. Mia Stone in PSI Factor, Jerri in Love and Human Remains, Sam in Stonewall, Renee in Slasher: Guilty Party, and Amber Ciotti in Slasher: Solstice, as well as voice roles in Crash Canyon and My Dad the Rock Star.

In 2004, they founded the organization Youth Out Loud to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.[1]

Vannicola has been out as a lesbian for many years, and came out as nonbinary in 2018.[4] As of 2020, they describe themself as "lesbian and or butch and or nonbinary".[5]

They wrote about their life's struggles in their 2019 memoir All We Knew But Couldn't Say[6], which was nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2020.[7]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"It was so hard for me my entire life to explain what that was. People would say 'Well just because you're a lesbian doesn't mean that you can't be feminine' [...] I didn't have the language growing up, and if I'd had the word nonbinary, I would have been able to say 'But I'm nonbinary.'"[8]

"I must write about LGBTQ people and I must never stop being authentically me. Hiding, passing, even acting or pretending to be anything other than queer and non-binary, is a road I never want to walk. Be brave lgbtq people. We are reflecting who we are for the next generation who need us to step up and take space, be visible."[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jo Vannicola Actor Bio". LezWatch.TV. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  2. @joannevannicola (14 September 2019). "I'll soon be updating my pronouns to They/them on my websites. It's going to take some time but I want to be part of the change, to reflect the language that fits gender, those of us who are nonbinary & trans. #lgbtq #nonbinary #trans #gender #language" – via Twitter.
  3. "Joanne Vannicola Official Website". Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  4. Vannicola, Joanne (14 November 2018). "Nonbinary, Trans, & Queer. The Film Biz". Joanne Vannicola Blog. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  5. Instagram post, 15 June 2020
  6. Wilner, Norman (18 June 2019). "Joanne Vannicola wants to push Canadian film beyond gender binaries". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  7. "Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced". Kobo News. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  8. WhatSheSaid Talk (19 August 2019). "Joanne Vannicola talks memoir 'All We Knew But Couldn't Say'". YouTube. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  9. Instagram post, 20 December 2019
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