Jonathan Van Ness is opening up about his gender identification, revealing he doesn’t contemplate himself a “homosexual man,” however reasonably non-binary.
“The older I get, the extra I believe that I’m non-binary — I’m gender non-conforming,” the “Queer Eye” star, who mentioned he prefers the pronouns he/him, advised Out journal. “Like, some days I really feel like a person, however then different days I really feel like a girl.”
He continued, “I believe my energies are actually all over. Any alternative I’ve to interrupt down stereotypes of the binary, I’m down for it.”
Based on the Nationwide Heart for Transgender Equality, non-binary and different phrases — together with genderqueer, agender and bigender — “converse to an expertise of gender that’s not merely male or feminine.”
Van Ness, 32, mentioned he thinks gender is commonly used to “separate and divide.”
“It’s this social assemble that I don’t actually really feel like I match into the best way I used to,” he mentioned. “I all the time used to assume ‘Oh, I’m like a homosexual man,’ however I believe any method I can let little boys and little women know that they’ll specific themselves they usually can like be — like, making iconic partnerships with manufacturers like [nail polish brand] Essie regardless of [how] they current is de facto vital and thrilling.”
The Netflix star additionally shared that he used to outline himself as a homosexual man as a result of “that’s simply the label I assumed I needed to be.”
Since his rise to stardom, Van Ness has proven his gender-bending sense of fashion on pink carpets and TV exhibits, like throughout his look on “Jimmy Kimmel Stay,” when he wore a sheer shirt and excessive heels.
“I’ve been sporting heels and sporting make-up and sporting skirts and stuff for a minute, honey,” he advised Out. “I simply, like, didn’t know that that meant — that I had a title.”