Elliot Page, and Eight Non Binary Celebrities

Elliot Page

Elliot Page (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

The Hard Candy, Juno, Inception and X-Men film star, Tales of the City and Umbrella Academy TV star and Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee came out as trans on 1st December 2020. Announcing his new name as Elliot and his pronouns as both he/him and they/them, Page became front page news and received an outpouring of love and support from fans and backlash from bigots.

While most headlines reported that they had come out as non binary, they only mentioned being trans and that they use both he/him and they/them pronouns. Coming out can be a terrifying process which takes a while, so they may clarify their gender in the upcoming months or be content without a precise label of man, non binary etc. Either way, Here are eight famous people who are specifically non binary.

Asia Kate Dillon

Asia Kate Dillon (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

The John Wick 3 film star and Orange is the New Black TV star also plays the non binary character Taylor in Billions. They say it was a coincidence, but a fortunate one, as the character being played by a real non binary person is significant. They took pronouns off of their online presence in 2015, saying it felt really good to. It wasn’t until reading into the character for Billions, however, that they found the language to really explain who they are. Likewise, having a clearly non binary character in a mainstream programme is fantastic representation.

Tommy Dorfman

Tommy Dorfman (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/VF20/WireImage)

The Thirteen Reasons Why and Jane the Virgin TV star came out as non binary in November 2017. They told online magazine Refinery29 in an interview about clothing and its importance. They referred to a childhood of seeing clothes as costume and hating the idea that clothing is gendered. While it didn’t come up in the interview, they posted a comment on the article to reassure readers that they have no preference for he/him, she/her or they/them pronouns.

Brigitte Lundy-Payne

Brigette Lundy-Paine (Photo by Ryan Emberley/amfAR/Getty Images)

The Atypical TV star and Bombshell and Bill and Ted Face the Music film star came out in an Instagram post on 7th November 2019. As well as saying that they’re non binary, they say they’ve always felt partially a girl, partially a boy and partially neither of those. The use they/them pronouns and the same name, shortened to Brig (or Briiiiiiiiiig, on Instagram).

Indya Moore

Indya Moore (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

Before playing Angel Evangelista in Pose, they were a model who worked for Dior and Gucci, in New York Fashion Week and has been featured in Vogue España. She clarified in a tweet in September 2019, saying she is non binary and femme, and that agender fits too. At that point, they said their pronouns were they/them, but as of December 2020, her twitter bio lists both they/them and she/her.

Her role in Pose is a vitally important one, as the programme is groundbreaking in its sheer number of trans characters and the fact that most of them are played by trans actors.

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg (Photo from Hello! magazine)

The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give film star, and BET Award and Teen Choice Award winner came out as non binary in March 2016. In a Tumblr post, they talked about intersectional feminism and posed the question of how they can claim a movement for women without feeling like one all the time. In another post, in April 2016, they clarified that while she/her does not upset or offend them, they prefer they/them pronouns.

Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ReedPOP)

The Steven Universe creator told NPR’s 1A that she is a non binary woman, which is to say she is isn’t entirely a woman but is okay being seen as one, but she is in herself non binary. She made the crystal gems non binary characters who look female both as representation and as a way to express her gender experience.
As another programme with central characters who are not cisgender, Steven Universe is important representation. As a children’s cartoon, it is especially important for showing children gender diversity is normal and positive.

Bex Taylor-Klaus

Bex Taylor-Klaus (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

The TV star from The Killing, Scream and Thirteen Reasons Why, came out as non binary in July 2018. Saying that they had already come out as trans non binary to a room full of people that day, and that it was time to do it on twitter, too. They also used the word enby for themself, a noun for non binary person along the same meaning as girl and boy, but not a word that all non binary people use.

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

JVN is a hairdresser, the grooming expert on Queer Eye and the host of Gay of Thrones. He identifies as gay and gender non conforming as well as non binary. He has been femme since childhood, loving skirts, scarves, nail polish and other things which made him the target of hatred. He uses he/him pronouns and his male-assumed birthname, although he has said he doesn’t consider she/her or they/them to be the wrong pronouns either. While many see the concept of androgyny as a lack of gendered traits, Van Ness happily mixes skirts and a beard in a presentation style sometimes known as genderfuck.

Bonus Round!

While RuPaul has a terrible track record on trans topics, a surprising number of the drag queens who have competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race are non binary or otherwise not men or women.

This includes, but is probably not limited to:
Pandora Boxx in Season Two;
Jinkx Monsoon in Season Five;
Adore Delano, Kelly Mantle, Courtney Act and Laganja Estranja in Season Six;
Violet Chachki and Miss Fame in Season Seven;
Bob the Drag Queen in Season Eight;
Shea Coulee, Eureka O’Hara, Sasha Velour and Aja in Season Nine;
Gigi Goode and Crystal Methyd in Season Twelve;
Scarlett BoBo and Ilona Verley in Drag Race Canada;
Divina de Campo in Drag Race UK.

Published by

Aeron Gray

Freelance Journalist

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