Notable nonbinary people

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Notable nonbinary people will include celebrities such as musicians and performers, as well as historical figures and activists. There are many more nonbinary people in the world who aren't famous, but these are a few of those individuals that are well-known to some degree. Sorted alphabetically by surname, with a fair use or creative commons photo if possible.

Olly Alexander[edit | edit source]

Alexander, the lead singer and songwriter for electropop band Years and Years, has said, "I feel very nonbinary, and you know, I identify as gay and queer and nonbinary[...]"[1]

Olly Alexander
  • Born: July 15, 1990 (age 29)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: he/him (assumed)
  • Profession: singer, songwriter, actor, and activist.
  • Wikipedia entry

Justin Vivian Bond[edit | edit source]

Justin Vivian Bond

Kate Bornstein[edit | edit source]

Kate Bornstein.

See our main article about Kate Bornstein.

  • Born: March 15, 1948 (age 71)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: ze/hir
  • Profession: author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist.
  • Wikipedia entry / Kate's Blog

Jonathan Rachel Clynch[edit | edit source]

"One of Irish broadcaster RTE’s best-known journalists just [in 2015] came out as 'gender fluid,' and the response so far seems wholly positive. ... The 44-year-old, who has yet to make a public statement, told his bosses that he wishes to now be known as Jonathan Rachel and would sometimes dress as a female. ... Clynch has worked with RTE for 16 years, often filling in on Radio One’s flagship 'News at One.' ... 'He has been open about it for a while now and his friends and family were all aware of his situation. He is going through a process at the moment and will speak about it in his own time and he hopes everyone will be respectful of that.'"[2]

  • Nationality: Irish
  • Pronouns: he
  • Profession: broadcast journalist

Ivan E. Coyote[edit | edit source]

Miley Cyrus[edit | edit source]

Miley Cyrus at 38th People's Choice Awards

In a 2015 interview, Miley explained, “I didn’t want to be a boy, ... I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”[3]

  • Born: 23 November 1992 (age 27)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: No preference expressed; journalists assume "she/her", possibly "she" on account of the 2019 album "She Is Miley Cyrus"
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, actress
  • Wikipedia entry

Sam de Leve[edit | edit source]

de Leve plays non-binary characters for the Geek & Sundry [3] and Saving Throw multimedia networks. They are also a dancer [4] and writer [5].

  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: They/them [6]
  • Profession: Actor, dancer, writer
  • IMDb

Rain Dove[edit | edit source]

Rain uses her naturally androgynous look to model for both men's and women's lines of clothing & identifies as genderqueer or gender variant.

  • Born: September 27, 1989 (age 29)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: Primarily she/her but accepts they/their or he/him depending on presentation
  • Profession: Model, actor
  • Rain's blog Rain Dove on Facebook

Dorian Electra[edit | edit source]

"Styling is so important to me as a genderfluid person, to be able to say “I’m a very flaming flammable guy”... it’s just very satisfying, ’cause that’s how I see myself, but I know it’s not necessarily how other people see me – they still call me ‘ma’am’ and stuff like that."[4]

  • Born: June 25, 1992 (Age 26)

Raeen Roes (Angel Haze)[edit | edit source]

Angel Haze live at Øyafestivalen 2013

Raeen Roes, better known by their stage name Angel Haze, is a well known agender rapper, as they announced via twitter. [5] [6]

  • Born: July 10, 1991 (age 27)

Eddie Izzard[edit | edit source]

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard identifies primarily as a transvestite but also uses the word transgender and has stated "I am 100% boy, plus extra girl."[7]

  • Born: 7 February 1962 (age 57)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Profession: Stand up comedian, actor, writer
  • Wikipedia entry

Elly Jackson[edit | edit source]

Elly Jackson of La Roux performing on 11 September 2010

"I don't feel like I'm female or male."[8]

  • Born: 12th March 1988 (age 31)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the electropop duo La Roux.
  • Wikipedia entry

Jinkx Monsoon[edit | edit source]

Jinkx Monsoon at the DC Capital Pride street festival in 2013.

In a Facebook post about transphobia and the drag scene, Monsoon stated "I, myself do not identify as cis-gendered. I am genderless."[9]

  • Born: September 18, 1987 (age 32)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: They/them, she/her while in drag
  • Profession: Actor, singer and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 5
  • Wikipedia entry Official website

Richard O'Brien[edit | edit source]

Richard O'Brien

In a 2009 interview O'Brien spoke about an ongoing struggle to reconcile cultural gender roles and self-described as being transgender or possible third sex. O'Brien stated, "There is a continuum between male and female. Some are hard-wired one way or another, I’m in between."[10] O'Brien expounded on this in a 2013 interview which covered using oestrogen for the previous decade, and identifying as 70% male 30% female.[11]

  • Born: 25 March 1942 (age 77)
  • Nationality: British
  • Pronouns: He/his
  • Profession: Writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. O'Brien is known for writing the cult musical The Rocky Horror Show and for presenting the popular TV show The Crystal Maze.
  • wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Tom Phelan[edit | edit source]

Tom Phelan playing Cole in The Fosters

Phelan plays a binary-trans teen on TV but identifies as non-binary themself.[12]

  • Born: 1997 (Age 22)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: He/him [citation needed]
  • Profession: Actor; noted for playing transgender teen Cole on ABC's The Fosters
  • Tumblr / IMDB

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge[edit | edit source]

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

After marrying Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge in 1993, Genesis and Lady Jaye began "project Pandrogeny" to become Breyer P-Orridge, an entity described as an "amalgam" of their two selves. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge continued this project after the death of Lady Jaye in 2007.

  • Born: 22 February 1950 (age 69)
  • Nationality: British
  • Pronouns: s/he, h/er
  • Profession: singer-songwriter, musician, poet, writer, occultist and performance artist
  • Wikipedia entry h/er own website

Amy Ray[edit | edit source]


Amy Elizabeth Ray (born April 12, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls. She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and founded a record company, Daemon Records.

Speaking about her own gender identity to, she said, "I am half and half and whatever you call me is fine,” she says. “I work every day to be comfortable in my body and in rare transcendent moments, I am, but it’s the job of my lifetime to appreciate my physicality and always project what is inside me so I can celebrate this life I’ve been given."

Ruby Rose[edit | edit source]

Ruby Rose

"On 22 July 2014, Rose came out as genderfluid, saying, "I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.". This announcement came approximately a week after she released a short film called "Break Free," in which she visually transitions from a very feminine woman to a heavily tattooed man."[7]

  • Born: March 20, 1986 (age 33)
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Pronouns: She/Her [8]
  • Profession: Model, actress, musician, and television presenter.

JD Samson[edit | edit source]

JD Samson

JD Samson is a musician with the bands Le Tigre and MEN. She identifies as genderqueer and a gender outlaw. "I do mostly go by she and her and I consider myself a woman in most senses of the word. I sometimes consider myself part of the trans community and I don't mind at all when people call me he if that's how they see me.[13]

Sam Smith[edit | edit source]

Sam Smith

"When asked if he feels like a cisgender man, they replied: ‘No. I mean, I’ve got these tattoos on my fingers.’ They pointed to small tattoos of the gender symbols and smiled: ‘I don’t know what the title would be but I feel just as much woman as I am man.’"[14]

Rae Spoon[edit | edit source]

Rae Spoon.
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Pronouns: They/their
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter
  • Wikipedia entry

Amandla Stenberg[edit | edit source]

Writing about organising a workshop, Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg wrote, "Basically, we’re trying to understand the duality of being a non-binary person and a feminist. How do you claim a movement for women when you don’t always feel like one?"[16][17].

In a later Tumblr exchange about having conflicted thoughts about preferred pronouns, Stenberg wrote "Damn you right. They/them it is."[18] As of June 2016, Stenberg's Tumblr profile reads "17 / non-binary / she/her or they/them / bisexual".

Kieran Strange[edit | edit source]

Kieran identifies as genderqueer and gender-fluid."[19]

  • Born: August 8th
  • Nationality: English & Canadian
  • Pronouns: He/him[20]
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, actor
  • Personal Website

Rebecca Sugar[edit | edit source]

Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Cartoon Network show Steven Universe has said of its characters: "They wouldn’t think of themselves as women, but they’re fine with being interpreted that way amongst humans. And I am also a non-binary woman which is been really great to express myself through these characters because it’s very much how I have felt throughout my life."[21]

  • Born: July 9, 1987 (age 31)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: She/her or they/them[22]
  • Profession: Animator, director, screenwriter, producer, songwriter
  • Wikipedia Entry

Eliot Sumner[edit | edit source]

Eliot Sumner performing at the Milkboy Cafe Phila PA in 2015.

Musician Eliot Sumner, Sting's child. "Asked if she had come out to her friends and family, she [Eliot Sumner] said that she hadn’t because 'no one had ever asked'. 'They knew already,' she added. 'So I didn’t need to. I’ve never come out to anyone. My friends always knew and I always knew'. [...] She said she did not believe in gender “labels” and preferred to dress down, shunning the glamour attached to some singers. Asked whether she identified with a particular gender, she replied 'no', saying she defined herself simply as a 'musician'. 'I don’t believe in any specifications,' she said."[23] (Note that this article uses "she" pronouns for Sumner, but Sumner's pronoun preference hasn't been stated.)[24]

  • Born: July 30, 1990 (age 29)
  • Pronouns: not stated
  • Profession: musician
  • Personal website

Tilda Swinton[edit | edit source]

Swinton at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

"I don’t know if I could ever really say that I was a girl – I was kind of a boy for a long time. I don’t know, who knows? It changes."[25]

Pete Townshend[edit | edit source]

Pete Townshend during a book signing in Toronto.

"I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman," Townshend said in an interview with White that ran on White's radio show in September 1989. "And I won't be classified as just a man."[26]

Steven Tyler[edit | edit source]

Steven Tyler

"I've been misquoted as saying that I'm more female than male. Let me set the record straight -- it's more half and half, and I love the fact that my feelings are akin to puella eternis (Latin for 'the eternal girl')."[27]

Gerard Way[edit | edit source]

Gerard Way

"I have always identified a fair amount with the female gender..... Masculinity to me has always made me feel like it wasn't right for me.""[28]

  • Born: April 9, 1977 (age 42)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: he/his or they/their [29]
  • Profession: Musician, former lead singer of My Chemical Romance
  • Wikipedia entry

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Years & Years: Inspiring - #PlessPlayForPride Spotify, June 7 2016
  2. Tom Sykes, "A ‘Gender Fluid’ Journalist Comes Out To Irish Cheers." 2015-09-18. Daily Beast.
  3. Exclusive: Miley Cyrus Launches Anti-Homelessness, Pro-LGBT ‘Happy Hippie Foundation’,, May 5, 2015
  5. "angxl hxze on Twitter", February 14, 2015
  6. "angxl hxze on Twitter", February 14, 2015
  7. Eddie Izzard on Atheism, Transgender, and “The Invisible Bloke Upstairs”, Religion Dispatches Magazine, March 7, 2013
  8. La Roux's Elly Jackson: I Don't Have A Sexuality,, February 9th, 2010
  9. [1],
  10. Richard O’Brien: ‘Society should not dictate gender’, Pink News, 18th August 2009
  11. Richard O'Brien: ‘I'm 70% man', BBC News, 18 March 2013
  12. "TOM PHELAN" in She Wired, 2014-03-02
  13. 13.0 13.1 EQ Interview With MEN - "It's Just Gender - It's Just Whatever"
  14. Sam Smith on his gender identity: 'I feel just as much woman as I am man', Gay Star News, 22 October 2017.
  16. hi folks, @dazedfields and I are organizing a workshop on feminism,, March 2, 2016
  17. Hunger Games actress says she 'doesn't feel like a woman all the time', Gay Star News, March 4, 2016
  19. "Tear Down The Wall" music video released,, June 17, 2014
  20. [2], August 12, 2016
  23. Craig McLean, John Dunne."I don't believe in 'gender labels,' says Sting's daughter Eliot Sumner." December 2, 2015. Evening Standard (magazine).
  24. Curtis M. Wong. "Sting's Child Eliot Sumner: I Don't Identify With Either Gender." December 2, 2015. HuffPost.
  25. Interview with Actress Tilda Swinton: “I am probably a woman”,, March 20, 2009
  26. Interview with Pete Townshend: “Pete Townshend Says He Is Bisexual”,, November 8, 1990
  27. "Hollywood Stars: Steven Tyler says he’s both man and woman?" in, May 17, 2011
  28. "I am Gerard Way, musician, artist, creator, and cousin of Joe Rogan- Ask me anything!", October 1, 2014
  29. "Gerard Way on Twitter", June 9, 2015

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