Janelle Monáe Clarifies Why She Tweeted #IAmNonbinary

The pansexual queen shared the trending hashtag last month.

Janelle Monáe and her energy defy explanation.

While #IAmNonbinary trended on Twitter last month with many using it to promote nonbinary visibility or education, the pansexual performer shared the hashtag, quote-tweeting a gif of nonbinary character Stevonnie from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.

“Are you a boy or a girl?” the meme read. “I am an experience.” Camryn, who originally posted the gif, wrote, “There is absolutely nothing better than living outside the gender binary.”

It was unclear at the time whether Monáe was tweeting about her own gender identity or merely expressing solidarity with the nonbinary community.

“I tweeted the #IAmNonbinary hashtag in support of Nonbinary Day and to bring more awareness to the community,” the 34-year-old Grammy nominee told The Cut this week. “I retweeted the Steven Universe meme ‘Are you a boy or a girl? I’m an experience’ because it resonated with me, especially as someone who has pushed boundaries of gender since the beginning of my career. I feel my feminine energy, my masculine energy, and energy I can’t even explain.”

Is she sharing that inexplicable energy with anyone special? “I don’t talk about the folks I’m dating,” she said. Oop.

Monáe came out as queer in 2018, revealing that she identified with “pansexuality” and had been in “relationships with both men and women.”

“I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker,” Monáe continued. “I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you.”

Monáe’s acting credits include Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Harriet. She will next be seen in Antebellum, The Glorias, and the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming.

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