In recent years, gender fluidity has been embraced by celebrities and the world. While most people identify as male or female, some say they do not fit into either of the two categories. So they see their gender identity as fluid or non-binary.
What does it mean to be non-binary?
A non-binary person is one who does not identify as exclusively male or female.
In very simple terms, a non-binary person may feel like they are a mix of genders, or have no gender at all. Other terms used to refer to a non-binary person are genderqueer, agender, bigender, and gender fluid. None of these terms mean exactly the same thing, but all of them refer to a gender experience that is not expressly male or female. Being non-binary is also part of the gender-neutral spectrum – the idea that policies, language and other social institutions must avoid distinguishing between roles according to the sex or gender of people, in order to avoid discrimination arising from the perception that there are social roles for which one sex is more suited than another. The celebrities below have spoken openly on the gender issue …
In a recent interview, singer Sam Smith opened up about being non-binary, saying he doesn’t identify with men or women because he “floats in between.”
The “Stay With Me” singer spoke candidly to Jameela Jamil on her Instagram channel for the project ‘I Weigh’, in which she talks about fame, body image, and sexuality. “You are just you. You are a mixture of all kinds of things. You are your own special creation. That’s how I take it,” Smith said. “I’m neither a man nor a woman, I think I’m floating somewhere in between. It’s all on a spectrum. I think the same with sexuality.” The artist added: “I’ve always been very free to think about my sexuality. You fall in love with people, not genitals. I tried to change that in my thinking about gender.”
Amandla Stenberg was in the limelight even before she became famous from her role as Rue in The Hunger Games.
Since then, Stenberg has used social media as a platform to speak out on issues affecting the LGBTQ + community, people of color, the black community, and women. As a queer biracial black person, Stenberg identifies as pansexual and non-binary, meaning she is drawn to all genders and her identity falls outside of the traditionally established gender binary. When asked what her favourite pronouns were, Stenberg replied, “Honestly I don’t know … I mean ‘they/them’ makes me feel comfortable, but I know the media and the general public who follows me are going to criticize / not understand it, which makes me sad and almost uncomfortable. So I guess she / he for now.”
Miley has always been open about the fluidity of her gender, recently citing that she considers herself “a weird person in a straight relationship.”
Cyrus, who became pansexual in 2016, explained to Vanity Fair: “The reason people get married sometimes may be old-fashioned, but I think the reason we got married isn’t out-of-date – I actually think its kind of New Age. We’re redefining, to be frank, what a gay person like me looks like in a heterosexual relationship.”