Janelle Monáe just appeared to come out as non-binary
The American singer, actress and producer Janelle Monáe has seemingly come out as non-binary using the hashtag #IAmNonBinary.
The hashtag was trending on Twitter on Friday as many non-binary people used it to come out. Others used it as an educational tool, or to simply boost visibility of gender non-conforming identities.
“Are you a boy or a girl?” Stevonnie is asked in the episode. “I am an experience,” they reply.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) January 10, 2020
It’s not clear whether Monáe was using this as an opportunity to come out as non-binary, or to show solidarity with the non-binary community. The singer did not include any mention of preferred pronouns in the tweet.
Many of Monáe’s followers have taken the tweet literally, and shared their congratulations and gratitude.
A beautiful quote, shared by a stunning soul. This seemingly small thing will mean a great deal to so very many people – words that change the world. Words that are magic. Thank you for using them. ✨
— ShaharTheAlchemist (@ShaharThe) January 11, 2020
i’ve never felt more closer to you than i do now. you’ve been my inspiration since i was in high school, your music helped me come out to my parents, and now to see this makes my heart explode. my forever fairy god renny.
— Lord Hokajay (@jayloren_) January 11, 2020
this makes my heart sing ???
— Samantha Riedel (@SamusMcQueen) January 11, 2020
You will help lift up many with this declaration. Your truth will empower, encourage, and send strength to many feeling vulnerable and unseen. I hope those who needed to read this feel less lonely and more powerful. I salute you for your courage.
— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) January 11, 2020
Because you spoke up today, some person out there was lifted from the darkness of being afraid, unseen, and uncertain of their identity in a society that hates LGBTQ+ people. Thank you for being a voice to those finding their own, and for publicly sharing something intimate ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dpB0F1eYwo
— The Cali Nerd (@TheCaliNerd) January 11, 2020
This is a developing story and will be updated if Monáe offers a clarification.
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