Famous American singer, Demi Lovato, has just came out as nonbinary.
The 28-year-old took to Twitter yesterday with a video announcing the news. Demi has also changed their pronouns to ‘they’ and ‘them’.
They said: “Over the past year and a half I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflecting work, and through this work I’ve had the revelation that I identify as non-binary.
I feel that this best represents the fluidity that I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am, and still am discovering.”
The video the star posted also mentions their new podcast, 4DwithDemi, and in the first episode they will talk more about their gender discovery.
Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne are also two big celebrities who are openly gender-fluid.
The term ‘nonbinary’ is still new to many; however, it is becoming more acknowledged and accepted every day. Granted, it isn’t as accepted as being gay or lesbian as people are still confused as to what it is, many still believing there only to be two genders.
This isn’t the case. Gender is a spectrum, and nonbinary is a gender identity on said spectrum. It is when a person doesn’t identify as either male or female or identifies as in between or both. It is a very fluid gender identity.
Nonbinary can be an umbrella term for those who do not identify as man or woman and fall somewhere else on the spectrum. If they don’t want to get too into the labels, they can stick with just nonbinary.
As this is becoming more talked about, with the LGBTQ+ community gradually gaining more support, or at the very least acceptance, over time, more people – celebrities included – are feeling more confident in either discovering their gender or coming out.
Lately, people have been encouraging others to add their preferred pronouns into their bio’s on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Pronouns are generally she/her, he/him or they/them.
Some people prefer ‘neo-pronouns’, such as xe/xim. Others prefer a mix, for example she/they. This means that while they may identify as a woman, they are comfortable with people calling them ‘they’ or ‘she’ when referring to them.
Pronouns aren’t inherently transgender, as some users online have thought. Everyone has pronouns, even if you are cisgender (born in the body you identify your gender with), you would still be called he/him or she/her.
Therefore, the pronoun movement was created online. For trans people to feel safe enough having their correct pronouns on display without feeling like the odd one out, and for allies to show support by adding theirs.
Demi coming out is another big step forward for the trans and nonbinary communities. Seeing such a well-known celebrity come out as something not majorly understood or accepted by society will give hope to these communities and inspire them to live their lives true to themselves and to not be afraid to show who they are.