Janelle Monáe just appeared to come out as non-binary

Janelle Monáe

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.

Monáe, who came out as pansexual in 2018, included the hashtag as she quote tweeted a GIF of Stevonnie, a non-binary character from the children’s cartoon Steven Universe.

“Are you a boy or a girl?” Stevonnie is asked in the episode. “I am an experience,” they reply.

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.

This is a developing story and will be updated if Monáe offers a clarification.