Musician and actor Janelle Monáe announces they are non-binary

The Grammy nominated singer and actor recently came out as non-binary on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk show.

A photo of actor and singer Janelle Monáe. They are wearing a red dress and holding their hand out.
Image: Image via Twitter @Papermagazine

Janelle Monáe recently sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris on their critically acclaimed Facebook Watch show ‘Red Table Talk’ and announced that they are non-binary.

The Grammy-nominated singer explained “I’m non-binary so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely, I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘’he’ or the ‘she’.” 

They further went on to say “And if I am from God, I am everything. But I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am. Beyond the binary.”

This interview is the first time that Janelle has officially confirmed that they are non-binary. 


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Janelle Monáe ????⚪️⬛️??⚫️⚪️? (@janellemonae)Janelle Monáe also discussed what it was like to come from a conservative Baptist background and has described the coming out process as very personal to them 

Monáe explained how they were advised to understand their identity internally before sharing it with the world “Somebody said, ‘If you don’t work out the things that you need to work out first before you share with the world, then you’ll be working it out with the world. That’s what I didn’t want to do.”

They also spoke about their family “My whole family is church … church, church, so I was just like ‘what does it mean to go against your whole family on this thing?’ But I was ready! I was like: if they don’t love me, don’t call me asking for no money. You will not get my LGBTQIA+ money. How about that?”

In January 2020, they tweeted the hashtag #IAmNonbinary which fans thought was a coming-out tweet but they later confirmed that they were tweeting their support for Non-Binary day “to bring more awareness to the community”.

Throughout Janelle Monáe’s interview which is available on Facebook, they explained that when they see people, they see their energy as opposed to their gender “I don’t see how you identify, and I feel like that opens you up to fall in love with whoever, with any beautiful spirit”

They did not express their preferred pronouns during their Red Table Talk interview but a reporter with Variety informed Janelle that someone had changed their pronouns from “she” to “they” on Wikipedia. 

© 2022 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.