Janelle Monáe Tweets #IAmNonbinary

Editor’s note: We use the gender-neutral “they” to refer to Monáe, however they did not explicitly state their pronouns.  

“Dirty Computer” singer Janelle Monáe appeared to come out as nonbinary in a lowkey tweet posted Friday (January 10).

The hashtag #IAmNonbinary was trending on Friday, with many people using it to come out or educate on the gender non-conforming community. GLAAD was one such account to use the hashtag, accompanying it with informational graphics about inclusive language and videos of popular nonbinary celebrities, like Sam Smith, Jonathan Van Ness, and Amandla Stenberg.


Monáe also took part in the movement, quoting a tweet saying, “There is absolutely nothing better than living outside the gender binary” (accompanied by a gif of nonbinary Steven Universe character Stevonnie) with the hashtag.


Monáe, who came out as pansexual in 2018, divulged no further information—including their pronouns or clarification on if the hashtag was even them coming out or just showing solidarity with the community.

Regardless, their followers reacted very positively to the tweet, congratulating them and thanking them for the visibility.