Notable people who aren't nonbinary

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Notable people who aren't nonbinary is where this wiki lists a few famous contemporary and historical people who may have ended up in the notable nonbinary people article at one point, either because they formerly identified as nonbinary, or who were popularly misrepresented as being nonbinary. This list will be in alphabetical order, by family name.

Anohni[edit | edit source]

This wiki previously had an article apparently interpreting the English composer and visual artist Anohni as nonbinary, but not citing sources to support that interpretation, only that Anohni prefers she/her pronouns.[1] In a 2016 essay, Anohni calls herself an "androgynous transwoman." For this reason, we have removed the article that seemed to misrepresent her here.

jayy dodd[edit | edit source]

The writer/poet/artist jayy dodd came out as nonbinary in 2016[2], but in December 2020 she stated she is a binary trans woman.[3]

Tommy Dorfman[edit | edit source]

Tommy Dorfman (born May 13, 1992) is an American actor known for playing the role of Ryan Shaver in the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why. Dorfman came out as nonbinary in 2017[4] and had some difficulty finding a talent agency due to discrimination against nonbinary people, with one agent telling Dorfman that being nonbinary was "a fad" which would make the actor a poor investment for the agency.[5]

Dorfman announced she was a trans woman in July of 2021[6].

Laganja Estranja[edit | edit source]

Drag queen Laganja Estranja was previously identifying as nonbinary, but in June 2021 she came out as a trans woman. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said "I tried to be male and be in-between and nonbinary. The truth is I'm a feminine entity and I can live this life."[7]

Grimes[edit | edit source]

The Canadian musician Grimes tweeted in 2015

« I vibe in a gender neutral space so I'm kinda impartial to pronouns for myself. Don't have a preferred so much but I wish I didn't have to be categorized as female constantly. Everything I ever hear about Grimes is super gendered and it's always really made me uncomfortable. »

Some people interpreted this to mean that Grimes had a gender neutral identity or that Grimes uses gender neutral pronouns.[8][9] However, Grimes deleted the tweet and has not made any statement on gender since then.

Amo Hall/Amo Elizabeth[edit | edit source]

From 2017 to 2019 the reality show star was identifying as nonbinary with singular they pronouns.[10] However, as of 2020, Amo is a trans woman[11] and uses she/her pronouns.[12]

Jo Kwon[edit | edit source]

In 2020, the K-pop star Jo Kwon spoke about embracing an androgynous "genderless image". Due to mistranslation, some fans thought that Kwon had come out with a genderless identity.[13][14]

Anunnaki Ray Marquez[edit | edit source]

Intersex activist Anunnaki Ray Marquez previously identified as a nonbinary man[15] but later stated that "I now will never refer to myself as non-binary again. I like to now call myself an intersex, nonconforming, androgynous gay man."[16][17] However, Marquez still uses the title Mx.

Janelle Monáe[edit | edit source]

In January 2020, the hashtag #IAmNonbinary was trending worldwide on Twitter. Well-known queer musician Janelle Monáe tweeted the hashtag along with retweeting a gif of Stevonnie from Steven Universe. Many people interpreted this as Janelle coming out as nonbinary. In a later interview, Janelle said, "I tweeted the #IAmNonbinary hashtag in support of Nonbinary Day and to bring more awareness to the community. I retweeted the Steven Universe meme 'Are you a boy or a girl? I’m an experience' because it resonated with me, especially as someone who has pushed boundaries of gender since the beginning of my career. I feel my feminine energy, my masculine energy, and energy I can’t even explain."[18][19] "I look at myself as someone who will always stand with my nonbinary people," she said in an Associated Press video interview.[20]

Andreja Pejić[edit | edit source]

Andreja Pejić (born 1991) is a world-famous fashion model. She came out as a woman in July 2014, with the intention to model only women's fashion.[21] She has stated that she prefers she/her pronouns[22] and that she identifies with the term transgender as an umbrella term.[23].

During the years before she came out as a woman, she used to self-identify as neither male nor female, which was widely reported by the media. She had modeled both men's wear and women's wear, and would defy interviewers' attempts to label her with a gender. In 2011, in response to a question about how she self-defines, Pejić said "Define, refine, constrict, package, and sell... No thank you. I would like to live in a world where your gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and, above all, financial status didn't affect the opportunities you are given in life, the way you're treated by others, and your overall freedom. In a world like that, I wouldn't be given such a complex definition"[24]. When pressed in an interview to reveal whether she saw a girl or boy in the mirror growing up, Pejić replied simply, "I saw a child"[23].

Tom Phelan[edit | edit source]

Actor Tom Phelan used to identify as a nonbinary lesbian but as of 2018 is a gay trans man.[25]

James Clifford Shupe[edit | edit source]

James Clifford Shupe (born 1963) is a retired United States Army soldier who in 2016 became the first person in the United States to obtain legal recognition of a nonbinary gender. In early 2019, he released a statement explaining that he had "returned to [his] male birth sex". He has become a vocal critic of transgender rights and the very concept of gender identity, blaming "out-of-control, transgender activism" for making transition too easy.[26][27][28]

Billy Dee Williams[edit | edit source]

William December "Billy Dee" Williams Jr. (born 1937) is one of America's most well-known black film actors of the 1970s, best known for playing the adventurous Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise. In an interview with Esquire in 2019, Williams said, "I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously. [...] And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself."[29] Although that Esquire interviewer labels Williams with the word "genderfluid," Williams was not recorded as using that word during that interview. Based on that interview, several other news articles afterward misreported that Williams had come out genderfluid.

A few days afterward, Williams explained that that was a misrepresentation of him, that he had never identified as genderfluid, and that he didn't know what the word "genderfluid" meant. He explained that his remark in the Esquire interview was meant as a reference to the anima, the feminine side present in all manhood, in Jungian psychology.[30]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Traynor, Cian (4 November 2014). "An Intimate Portal: Antony Hegarty Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  2. dodd, jayy (2 July 2016). "homies don't come out, they let you in". Medium. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  3. dodd, jayy [@jxzz_hndz] (6 December 2020). "(I identify as a binary trans woman for context)" – via Twitter.
  4. Peoples, Landon (16 November 2017). "Tommy Dorfman's Latest Fashion Statement: Gender". Refinery29. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. "How gender-nonconforming actors are changing Hollywood". NBC News. June 8, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  6. tommy.dorfman (22 July 2021). "thrilled to reintroduce myself as the woman i am today. my pronouns are she/her". Instagram. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  7. Nolfi, Joey (15 June 2021). "RuPaul's Drag Race star Laganja Estranja comes out as trans: 'I feel so beautiful'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  10. "The Challenge's Amo Reveals They Are Transitioning, Started Taking Hormones". Us Weekly. October 23, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  11. I AM A PROUD TRANSGENDER WOMAN., September 29, 2020
  12. Instagram bio, retrieved Nov 3 2020.
  13. Gonsalves, Jenifer (13 August 2020). "Jo Kwon embraces his 'genderless image', fans misconstrue his words and remain divided in supporting K-pop star". MEAWW. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  14. @hyunsuinseoul (12 August 2020). "Mistranslation got people arguing over which pronounce to call Jo Kwon when all he said was embracing his "genderless image"" – via Twitter.
  15. Marquez, Anunnaki Ray (1 March 2016). "The Difference Between my Biological Sex and My Gender". Retrieved 21 March 2021. What all this means is that my SEX is INTERSEX. My GENDER is MALE. And I am a NON-BINARY man. My personhood is HUMAN. I am valid. I EXIST.
  16. Marquez, Anunnaki Ray (10 October 2016). "Why I don't like saying "non-binary gender" anymore". Retrieved 21 March 2021. However, I now will never refer to myself as non-binary again. I like to now call myself an intersex, nonconforming, androgynous gay man.
  17. @anunnakiray (3 October 2019). "I love you back! I am not non-binary, but I am a nonconforming 46XX intersex man. I was told I can't exist too. Your message to the world has helped me profoundly! Much love to you!" – via Twitter.
  18. Parsons, Vic (5 February 2020). "No, Janelle Monáe didn't come out as non-binary. She was just standing in solidarity with the community". PinkNews. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  19. Gay, Roxane (3 February 2020). "Janelle Monáe's Afrofuture". The Cut. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  20. Associated Press (15 January 2020). "Janelle Monae: 'I defy every label'". YouTube. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  21. "Model Andreja Pejic comes out publicly as a transgender woman, shares her experience with media and Facebook fans",, July 2014
  22. "ANDREJ PEJIC" in La Monda, 2013-11-05
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Genderless: World's Most Popular Male Model Walks Runways in Heels, Dresses", Sept 2011, abc
  24. "Catching Up With Andrej Pejic",, Nov 2011
  25. Broadly Hotline (24 October 2018). "Trans Actor Tom Phelan on Gender Pronouns". YouTube. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  26. James Shupe (10 March 2019). "I Was America's First 'Nonbinary' Person. It Was All a Sham". The Daily Signal. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  27. Shupe, James (2019-03-25). "Jamie Shupe Name Change: Please Address Me As James Shupe Now". Website Of James Shupe. Retrieved 2019-03-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. Shupe, James (26 January 2019). "Public Announcement: I Have Returned To My Male Birth Sex". Website Of James Shupe.
  29. Matt Miller. "The Enduring, Intergalactic Cool of Billy Dee Williams." Esquire. Nov 26, 2019.
  30. Wakefield, Lily (5 December 2019). "Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams says he's not actually gender fluid and he doesn't 'really know what it means'". PinkNews. Retrieved 28 April 2020.