Notable nonbinary people

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Notable nonbinary people include celebrities, activists, and historical figures who identify outside of the gender binary, regardless of whether they have used the word "nonbinary" for themselves. 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.

See Category:Nonbinary people and Category:Genderqueer people for more.

Olly Alexander[edit | edit source]

Olly Alexander is the lead singer and songwriter for electropop band Years and Years.

Olly Alexander
  • Born: July 15, 1990 (age 30)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: he, him (assumed; source needed)
  • Gender: Nonbinary. Alexander said, "I feel very nonbinary, and you know, I identify as gay and queer and nonbinary[...]"[1]
  • Profession: singer, songwriter, actor, and activist.
  • Wikipedia entry, Nonbinary Wiki page

Ser Anzoategui[edit | edit source]

Ser Anzoategui is an American actor. They are best known for portraying the butch widow Eddy on the Starz drama Vida (2018-2020), and the masculine-of-center character Daysi Cantu on East Los High (2015-2016).[2] Anzoategui was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” for their Vida performance at the 2019 Imagen Awards.[3]

B-Complex[edit | edit source]

B-Complex (Matia or Maťo Lenická) is a drum and bass music producer and DJ. Prefers the name Maťo when presenting as a man and the name Matia when presenting as a woman.[6] The artist's first major label release was "Beautiful Lies", which appeared on the compilation Sick Music from Hospital Records. The compilation went on to reach the top 30 on the iTunes UK Download Chart, and was in the top 5 on the Beatport Drum and Bass Chart.[7][8]

Justin Vivian Bond[edit | edit source]

Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond is a Tony-nominated (2007) performer who has received GLAAD (2000), Obie (2001), Bessie (2004), Ethyl (2007), and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2012) awards.

  • Born: May 9, 1963 (age 57)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: v, v's. A 2011 interview in The Guardian explained, "Bond is transgender and has adopted Vivian as a middle name and the pronoun 'v'. This is a means of rejecting the gender binary. Bond's website sets it all out: 'If I see or hear the words he or she, her or him, hers or his, in reference to me, I will take it either as a personal insult, a weak mind (easily forgivable), or (worst-case scenario) sloppy journalism.'[10]
  • Gender: Bond said, "for me to claim to be either a man or a woman, feels like a lie. My identity falls somewhere in the middle and is constantly shifting."[11] V's transition included estrogen therapy in order to appear more feminine,[12] choosing not to get a lower surgery.[13], and adopting the middle name of "Vivian."[12]
  • Profession: singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, actor, and cabaret performer. Most famous for v's cabaret character Kiki DuRane.
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Kate Bornstein[edit | edit source]

Kate Bornstein.

Kate Bornstein is an influential writer on gender theory, publishing books on the subject from the 1990s to the present.

  • Born: March 15, 1948 (age 72)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: they/them or she/her[14]
  • Gender: Nonbinary. Currently (as of 2019), Bornstein's site says they identify as nonbinary.[15] Bornstein has said, "I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man." Their transition included gender affirmation surgery.[16]
  • Profession: author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry Wikipedia entry / Kate's Blog

Tony Briffa[edit | edit source]

Tony Briffa is a Maltese-Australian[17] politician who is notable for being the first known intersex mayor, and first known intersex public office-bearer in the Western world.[18][19][20][21][22][23] Briffa is now co-executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia),[24] and vice-president of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia,[25] described as "the two leading groups advocating for the rights of intersex people in Australia".[26]

  • Born: 1969
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Pronouns: As of March 2020, Tony's official website uses "she/her" pronouns[27], although she is okay with any pronouns.[28]
  • Gender: Briffa feels she is nonbinary due to her intersex condition. She obtained a birth certificate with a blank sex designation.[29] "My natural female and male biology also reflected how I felt as a person. I'm more than just a woman or a man - I'm both."[30] "If people feel female that is great, and if they feel male that is great, but there are also people like me: I just accept the way nature made me. I am happy for my birth certificate to say that I am both male and female. One day, hopefully, we will have that as well."[31] "Sex is about biology and gender is about identity. Like most people, my gender is consistent with my sex."[32] "I am part Antoinette and I'm part Tony."[33]
  • Profession: Politician and intersex advocate

Claude Cahun[edit | edit source]

Claude Cahun.

Claude Cahun was a surrealist artist whose works encompassed writing, photography, and theatre. Cahun is most remembered for highly staged self-portraits and tableaux. Cahun and their life partner Marcel Moore were both Jewish, both had adopted these gender-neutral names, and they both often collaborated together in their art. In WWII, the couple engaged in resistance work and activism against the Nazis during the German occupation of France. The couple dressed up and attended many German military events in Jersey, strategically placing anti-Nazi fliers in soldier's pockets, on their chairs, and in cigarette boxes for soldiers to find. In 1944, Cahun and Moore were arrested by the Nazis and sentenced to death, but the sentence was never carried out as the island was liberated from German occupation in 1945.[34]

  • Born: 1894, died 1954 (aged 60)
  • Nationality: France
  • Pronouns: source needed
  • Gender: neuter. In their autobiography, Disavowals, they explained, “Masculine? Feminine? It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me.”[35]
  • Profession: surrealist artist

Jonathan Rachel Clynch[edit | edit source]

Jonathan Rachel Clynch is a well-known journalist in Ireland.

  • Born: 1971 (age 49)
  • Nationality: Ireland
  • Pronouns: he (assumed; source needed)
  • Gender: genderfluid. "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.'"[36]
  • Profession: broadcast journalist

Ivan E. Coyote[edit | edit source]

Ivan Coyote in 2017.

Ivan E. Coyote is a writer who has made significant contributions to the representation of queerness in Canadian literature. They have won the ReLit Award for Best Fiction (2007), and the Stonewall Honor Book Award (2017).

  • Born: August 11, 1969 (age 51)
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Pronouns: they/them[37]
  • Profession: Writer
  • Gender: Ivan describes themself as "a trans person who doesn't fit neatly into the gender binary"[38] and has said "I don't want to be a man but don’t feel like a woman either, and that's a difficult place to be in, yet that is my authentic self and there is nothing harder than spending an entire lifetime trying to cover up your authentic self."[39] They also identify as butch: "Nobody taught me how to be butch; I didn't even hear the word until I was twenty years old. I first became something I had no name for in solitude and only later discovered the word for what I was".[40]
  • Wikipedia entry Their Website nonbinary wiki entry

Miley Cyrus[edit | edit source]

Miley Cyrus at 38th People's Choice Awards

Miley Cyrus is a top-charting singer, songwriter, and actor who was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in both 2008 and 2014.

  • Born: 23 November 1992 (age 28)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: No preference expressed; journalists assume "she/her", possibly "she" on account of the 2019 album "She Is Miley Cyrus"
  • Gender: 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.”[41]
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, actor, activist for animal rights and LGBT rights
  • Wikipedia entry

Sam de Leve[edit | edit source]

Sam 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: USA
  • Pronouns: they/them[42]
  • Gender: Described as "half-boy" in their Twitter bio.
  • Profession: Actor, dancer, writer
  • IMDb

Du Blonde[edit | edit source]

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny performing at the Deaf Institute, Manchester, 2012
  • Born: January 3, 1990 (age 30)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns:
  • Gender: Nonbinary, also identifies as queer[43]. "I've always known I’m non-binary, I just didn't always have the words to describe it."[44]
  • Profession: musician, artist, animator
  • Wikipedia page, Official website

Rain Dove[edit | edit source]

Rain Dove uses their naturally androgynous look to model for both men's and women's lines of clothing.

  • Born: September 27, 1989 (age 31)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: Any pronouns. "Use she, he, it, one, they ... I honestly don't care ... All I'm listening for in that sound is positivity."[45]
  • Gender: "in all reality... I am nothing. Neither a man nor woman. I am a human. I just have specific anatomical capacities that I am satiated with and do not want to change."[46] "I don’t identify as 'male' or 'female' but rather as I am I."[47]. Has called themself "a 'zero gender'/'all gender' model."[48] Often tweets with the #genderqueer hashtag.
  • Profession: Model, actor
  • Rain's blog Rain Dove on Facebook

Dorian Electra[edit | edit source]

Dorian Electra performing in 2018.

Dorian Electra is an American singer, songwriter, video and performance artist.

  • Born: June 25, 1992 (age 28)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: They/them [49][50]
  • Gender: genderfluid. "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."[51]
  • Profession: singer, songwriter
  • Their Wikipedia entry Their official site

Public Universal Friend[edit | edit source]

A portrait of the Public Universal Friend, from the Friend's biography written by David Hudson in 1821.

The Public Universal Friend was a genderless evangelist who preached in the early eastern United States. The Public Universal Friend's theology was broadly similar to that of orthodox Quakers, attracting many followers who became the Society of Universal Friends. The Friend persuaded followers who owned slaves to free them. The followers of the Society included people who were black, and many unmarried women who took on prominent roles in their communities which were usually reserved for men.

  • Born: November 29, 1752, died July 1, 1819 (age 66)
  • Nationality: United States
  • Pronouns: No pronouns. The Friend asked not to be referred to with gendered pronouns. Followers respected these wishes, avoiding gender-specific pronouns even in private diaries, and referring only to "the Public Universal Friend" or short forms such as "the Friend" or "P.U.F."[52]
  • Gender: genderless. The Friend's transition started with a religious vision as part of a near-death experience at age 26, followed by a name change to the Public Universal Friend,[53] asking that others use no pronouns for this person, and wearing androgynous clothing.[54]
  • Profession: Preacher
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry Wikipedia entry

River Gallo[edit | edit source]

Gallo wrote, directed, and acted in the 2019 short film Ponyboi, which is the first film to feature an openly intersex actor playing an intersex person.[3]

Féi Hernandez[edit | edit source]

Hernandez is a visual artist, writer, and healer. Their writing has been featured in NPR’s Code Switch, Immigrant Review, Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity (Columbia University Press, 2019), Good Mood, LiveWire Issue 7, Hayden's Ferry Issue 64, BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT and the March issue of POETRY Magazine. Hernandez’s art work has been showcased at Galería de La Raza and Residency Gallery as part of Inglewood Studios. Hernandez is a certified Reiki and Akashic Records practitioner that utilizes a decolonial approach to healing centering their Mexican healing modalities which include channeling, meditation, and energy work.

Liv Hewson[edit | edit source]

Hewson in 2018

Liv Hewson starred in Santa Clarita Diet, Before I Fall, and Dramaworld. In 2020, they received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award for their LGBT+ advocacy.[59]

Eddie Izzard[edit | edit source]

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard is a stand-up comedian, who has won numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award.

  • Born: 7 February 1962 (age 58)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: he/him (source needed)
  • Gender: Eddie Izzard identifies primarily as a transvestite but also uses the word transgender and has stated "I am 100% boy, plus extra girl."[61] "I am a transgender guy. [...] I identify somewhat boy-ish and somewhat girl-ish. I identify both but I fancy women."[62]
  • Profession: Stand up comedian, actor, writer
  • Wikipedia entry

Elly Jackson[edit | edit source]

Elly Jackson of La Roux performing on 11 September 2010
  • Born: 12th March 1988 (age 32)
  • Nationality: English
  • Pronouns: She/her (source needed)
  • Gender: "I don't feel like I'm female or male."[63]
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the electropop duo La Roux.
  • Wikipedia entry

Jennie June[edit | edit source]

Jennie June in her autobiography, posing as "A Modern Living Replica of the Ancient Greek Statue of Hermaphroditos." 1918.

Jennie June was a Victorian and Edwardian era writer and activist for the rights of people who didn't conform to gender and sexual norms. He was one of the earliest transgender individuals to publish an autobiography in the United States.[64][65] June published his first autobiography, The Autobiography of an Androgyne in 1918, and his second The Female-Impersonators in 1922. June also wrote an unpublished third autobiography in 1921, which was discovered in 2010. June's goal in writing these books was to help create an accepting environment for young adults who don't conform to gender and sexual norms, because that was what he would have wanted for himself, and he wanted to prevent youth from committing suicide.[66] June had formed the Cercle Hermaphroditos in 1895, along with other androgynes who frequented Paresis Hall in New York City. The organization was formed in the hopes "to unite for defense against the world's bitter persecution," and to show that it was natural to be gender and sex variant.[67]

  • Born: 1874 - ?
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: he/him, which he consistently used for himself in his own writing
  • Gender: Jennie June self-identified as a "androgyne", "invert", "urning," "bisexual" (in the sense of being both male and female), and "fairie," which were contemporary terms for gender and sexual variance. June wrote of feeling like a combination of male and female, and of his practice of alternating between these two gender expressions. During his twenties, he transitioned by changing his name, and being castrated, both of which he had wanted from early childhood.[66]
  • Profession: law clerk

Maia Kobabe[edit | edit source]

Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. E has been self publishing comics since 2010. [3] Eir work focuses on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales, and homesickness. [68] Maia has created a graphic novel memoir called Gender Queer: A Memoir and short comics that have been published on The Nib. E created the following comics: Tom O'Bedlam (2015), The Thief's Tales #1 and #2, and The Non-Binary Bunny.[3] E has also made short comics for these anthologies: Alphabet (2015), Tabula Idem (2017), Mine! (2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (2018), The Secret Love of Geeks (2018), Faster Than Light Y'all (2018), Advanced Death Saves (2019), How to Wait (2019), Shout Out (2019), and Rolled and Told (2019).[3]

R.B. Lemberg[edit | edit source]

R.B. Lemberg's speculative fiction has been published in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Sisters of the Revolution, and Uncanny Magazine.

Brigette Lundy-Paine[edit | edit source]

Known for acting in Atypical and The Glass Castle.

  • Born:
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: "using they/them as of late n it feels right."[72]
  • Gender: "I'm non-binary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither"[72][73]
  • Profession: TV and film actor
  • Wikipedia

Foz Meadows[edit | edit source]

Fox Meadows

Foz Meadows is a Hugo Award winning writer.

  • Born:
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Pronouns: She/her[74]. "I still use she/her as default pronouns, though I'll answer to anything :)"[75]
  • Gender: "[A]t the age of twenty-nine, I realised I was genderqueer."[76]
  • Profession: Novelist and blogger
  • Wikipedia article, Blog

Ezra Miller[edit | edit source]

Ezra Miller
  • Born: September 30, 1992 (age 28)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: In 2018 Miller stated "I'm comfortable with all the pronouns. I let he/his/him ride, and that's fine."[77], but as of 2020 they use singular they.[78]
  • Gender: In 2018 Miller said "I don't identify as a man. I don't identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human."[79]
  • Profession: Actor

Bethany C. Meyers[edit | edit source]

Bethany C. Meyers launched the fitness app for be.come, specializing in body-positive workouts. They also gave a TED talk on empowerment and body neutrality.

  • Born: May 24, 1990 (age 30)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: singular they/them pronouns[80]
  • Gender: Genderfluid/nonbinary. "When I get comments about not being 'gay enough' it hurts. Aside from the way my marriage may look to others, I'm pretty gay. I'm attracted to women, I date women, I sleep with women, my friends are queer, I feel/think queer, I identity as gender fluid / non-binary, my partner the same."[81]
  • Profession: fitness entrepreneur and LGBTQ activist
  • Wikipedia

Casey Mongillo[edit | edit source]

Casey Mongillo

Casey Mongillo is an American voice actor who has played roles in animation and video games. Mongillo is best known for portraying lead character Shinji Ikari in the Netflix English dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Carol Grant, in an opinion piece for Vice, wrote that Shinji being played by a trans actor made the series feel more queer, saying that "Mongillo's delivery captures the delicate interplay between the masculine and feminine aspects of Shinji's voice and personality, bringing his bodily and gendered anxieties to life".[82]

  • Born: October 22, 1987 (age 33)[83]
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: "any pronouns will do"[84]
  • Gender: "I'm like this weird non binary alien nerd and I think I'm okay with that."[85]
  • Profession: Voice actor for many video games and animated shows
  • Wikipedia article, official website

Jinkx Monsoon[edit | edit source]

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

Jinkx Monsoon is an American drag performer, actor, comedian and singer best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

  • Born: September 18, 1987 (age 33)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: They/them[86], she/her while in drag [87]
  • Gender: genderless. In a Facebook post about transphobia and the drag scene, Monsoon stated "I, myself do not identify as cis-gendered. I am genderless."[88]
  • 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

Richard O'Brien wrote the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show in 1973, which became an international success and has remained in continuous production. He also co-wrote the screenplay of the film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975, appearing in the film as Riff Raff.

  • Born: 25 March 1942 (age 78)
  • Nationality: Britain; New Zealand
  • Pronouns: He/his
  • Gender: 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."[89] O'Brien expounded on this in a 2013 interview which covered using oestrogen for the previous decade, and identifying as 70% male 30% female.[90]
  • 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.
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

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
  • Died: 14 March 2020
  • 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 Ray at a 2005 show in Chicago.

Amy Elizabeth Ray 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.

  • Born: April 12, 1964 (age 56)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Gender: 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."
  • Profession: singer-songwriter

Raquel Salas Rivera[edit | edit source]

Raquel Salas Rivera is a poet who won the Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry.

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

Angel Haze live at Øyafestivalen 2013

Raeen Roes is a well known rapper under their stage name Angel Haze. They have been nominated for awards with MTV, O Music Awards, BET Awards, and GLAAD Music Awards.

Ruby Rose[edit | edit source]

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose is an actor who has won the ASTRA Awards, GQ Australia, GLAAD Media Awards, and the Australian LGBTI Awards.

  • Born: March 20, 1986 (age 34)
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Pronouns: She/her [6]
  • Gender: "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]
  • Profession: Model, actress, musician, and television presenter.

Justin Saint[edit | edit source]

  • Born: 4 December 1987 (age 33)
  • Nationality: Born in the Philippines, lives in Canada[94]
  • Pronouns: Any. "Justin has no preferred pronoun and is comfortable with he/she/they as long as there is no malicious intent."[94]
  • Gender: Listed as "Plural (mixed)" on Facebook bio
  • Profession: Cosplayer, makeup artist, writer, queer advocate
  • Twitter, Official website

JD Samson[edit | edit source]

JD Samson

JD Samson is a musician with the bands Le Tigre and MEN.

  • Born: 4 August 1978 (age 42)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: She/her[95]
  • Gender: 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.[95]
  • Profession: Musician
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Sam Smith[edit | edit source]

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a top-charting singer and songwriter.

  • Born: 19 May 1992 (age 28)
  • Nationality: UK
  • Pronouns: They/them[96]
  • Gender: "When asked if they feel 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.’"[97]
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Rae Spoon[edit | edit source]

Rae Spoon.

Rae Spoon is a Canadian musician and writer who was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2014.

  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Pronouns: They/their. After a decade of living as a trans man,[98] Spoon noted a preference for the pronoun "they" in 2012 during an interview with cartoonist Elisha Lim, a fellow advocate for the gender-neutral pronoun.[99] They explained to Now Magazine, "after years of fighting to be called 'he,' the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the 'they' pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It's letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them."[100]
  • Gender:
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter
  • Wikipedia entry

Amandla Stenberg[edit | edit source]

Stenberg at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

Amandla Stenberg is a singer and actor who has won the BET Awards for YoungStar Award. Stenberg's work includes roles in feature films such as The Hunger Games. Stenberg was included in TimeTemplate:'s list of Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016.[101][102] In 2016, she was included in Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.[103]

  • Born: October 23, 1998 (age 22)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: They/them or she/her. In an exchange on about having conflicted thoughts about preferred pronouns, Stenberg wrote "Damn you right. They/them it is."[104] As of June 2016, Stenberg's Tumblr profile reads "17 / non-binary / she/her or they/them / bisexual".
  • Gender: nonbinary. 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?"[105][106].
  • Profession: Actor
  • Personal Tumblr
  • Wikipedia entry

Ciarán Strange[edit | edit source]

Rebecca Sugar[edit | edit source]

Rebecca Sugar Speaking at New York Comic Con 2014.

Rebecca Sugar is a writer, songwriter, and artist whose work on the cartoon series Adventure Time and Steven Universe has earned her six Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

  • Born: July 9, 1987 (age 33)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: She/her or they/them[109]
  • Gender: nonbinary woman. 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."[110]
  • 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.

  • Born: July 30, 1990 (age 30)
  • Pronouns: not stated
  • Gender: "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."[111] (Note that this article uses "she" pronouns for Sumner, but Sumner's pronoun preference hasn't been stated.)[112]
  • Profession: musician
  • Personal website

Tilda Swinton[edit | edit source]

Swinton at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Tilda Swinton has won numerous awards for her career as an actor, including an Academy Award, the BAFTA Scotland Award, the Volpi Cup, the European Film Award, and the Richard Harris Award.

  • Born: 5 November 1960 (age 60)
  • Nationality: British
  • Pronouns: She/her (assumed; source needed)
  • Gender: "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."[113]
  • Profession: Actor; noted in the nonbinary community for her work in Orlando and as genderless angel Gabriel in Constantine.
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Bogi Takács[edit | edit source]

Bogi Takács is a Jewish poet, writer, psycholinguist, editor, and translator who has written Torah-inspired work. They won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction.

Caldwell Tidicue[edit | edit source]

Bob the Drag Queen at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2017.

Caldwell Tidicue, stage name Bob the Drag Queen, is an American drag queen, comedian, black activist, musician, and reality television personality, known for winning the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. In June 2019, New York magazine published the results from their panel of judges and writers which ranked her in the top twenty Drag Race superstars. She was also nominated for the WOWIE Awards for best podcast.

  • Born: June 22, 1986 (age 34)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: he/him/his or she/her/hers[115]
  • Gender: nonbinary[116]
  • Profession: Drag queen, comedian, musician, TV personality
  • Wikipedia page

Jacob Tobia[edit | edit source]

Tobia at Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in 2019.

Jacob Tobia is an American LGBT rights activist, writer, producer, television host and actor. In 2019, they published their memoir titled Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. They are the voice actor for a nonbinary character in the Dreamworks animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Double Trouble, who also uses they/them pronouns.[117]

Jes Tom[edit | edit source]

Jes Tom is a New York based actor, writer, and weird queer stand up comic. They have appeared in the Amazon short film Soojung Dreams of Fiji (AAIFF “Audience Award”) and played the lead in Anatomy of an Orchid. Their writing has been published by Reductress, By Shondaland, and Condé Nast's Them. In collaboration with fellow comedian Chewy May, Jes Tom wrote, co-directed, and starred in the viral video Ghost In The Shell PSA, which received praise on platforms such as Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Nextshark, iO9, and Perez Hilton. Jes has been featured in GO Magazine, Splitsider, and the Fader, and were named one of TimeOut New York's "LGBTQ POC Comedians We're Obsessed With." Jes was a 2018 StandUp NBC semifinalist. Their self-produced half hour comedy special, "COLD BREW".

  • Born: n/a
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: they/them
  • Gender: nonbinary
  • Profession: Actor, writer, and stand up comic
  • Professional Website

Nico Tortorella[edit | edit source]

Nico Tortorella is an American actor and model, who is known for roles in films including Scream 4, the Fox crime drama series The Following, and the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger.

Pete Townshend[edit | edit source]

Pete Townshend during a book signing in Toronto.

Pete Townshend is best known as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal songwriter, co-founder and leader of the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century.

  • Born: 19 May 1945 (age 75)
  • Nationality: British
  • Pronouns: He/his (assumed; citation needed)
  • Gender: "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."[123]
  • Profession: Guitarist in The Who.
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Steven Tyler[edit | edit source]

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith. Tyler is included among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers. He was ranked third on Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith and in 2013, Tyler and his songwriting partner Joe Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

  • Born: March 26, 1948 (age 72)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: He/his (assumed; citation needed)
  • Gender: "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')."[124]
  • Profession: Musician; frontman of Aerosmith
  • Nonbinary Wiki entry / Wikipedia entry

Gerard Way[edit | edit source]

Gerard Way

Gerard Way is best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He also wrote the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Umbrella Academy.

  • Born: April 9, 1977 (age 43)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: he/him or they/them [125]
  • Gender: "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."[126]
  • Profession: Musician, current lead singer of My Chemical Romance
  • Wikipedia entry

Alok Vaid-Menon[edit | edit source]

Vaid-Menon in 2017.

Alok Vaid-Menon is an Indian-American writer, performance artist, and media personality who performs under the moniker ALOK. They are internationally renowned for their creative work which they have presented in over 40 countries.[127] They were featured in the NBC Pride 50 alongside James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, and the OUT Magazine 100.

  • Born: July 1, 1991 (age 29)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: they/them[128]
  • Gender: genderfluid[128]
  • Profession: writer, performance artist, activist
  • Wikipedia page

Jonathan Van Ness[edit | edit source]

Van Ness in April 2018.

One of Queer Eye's "Fab Five".

  • Born: March 28, 1987 (age 33)
  • Nationality: American
  • Pronouns: prefers he/him/his[129]
  • Gender: "The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it. I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to."[130]
  • Profession: hairdresser, podcaster, and television personality
  • Wikipedia page

Gigi Raven Wilbur[edit | edit source]

Gigi Raven Wilbur is an American activist and writer, and is one of the people who created Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23, which is Gigi's birthday). Gigi is also intersex and underwent surgery after birth to appear "male". Some of the words Gigi has used to identify are "hermaphrodite", "third gender", and "ladyboy".[131]

  • Born: September 23, 1955 (age 65)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Pronouns: Varied. A 2008 interview used "his". Gigi's website bio in 2015 used "s/he". In a 2017 interview, Gigi asked for "both male and female pronouns".
  • Gender: "[S]ociety does not allow my true gender to exist [...] I am neither female nor male, and I am both female and male."[131] "Spiritually, I have never been comfortable with a male body, nor would I have been with a female body. I am hermaphrodite. That is my true gender."[132]
  • Profession: Activist, writer
  • Wikipedia entry

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