Janelle Monáe is honoring her truth. The non-binary actor, who made the announcement last year, explains their approach to highlighting their identity and how it can be beneficial to others.
Monáe told SiriusXM's Jess Cagle, "I think it's all about honoring your truth and your authenticity," she said. "I'm not this arrogant person who thinks I have all the answers, so for me, it's about making sure I'm also saying, 'Further investigate who you are,' you know?
The Glass Onion star later offered advice to anyone considering their own gender identification journey. "Open your mind to new possibilities, and listen to others who are saying, 'This is who I am.'
During an episode of Red Table Talk, the singer of "Pynk" affirmated her non-binary identity in April 2022.
Monáe said she doesn't see herself as a woman exclusively because she is non-binary. I feel like God is so much greater than the he or the she. But I will always, always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am beyond the binary. When I see people, I first notice your energy, and I feel like that opens you up to any beautiful spirit.”
The best-selling author also told The New Yorker earlier this month why they prefer to say they're "coming in" rather than "going out."
"You're empowering individuals to discover who they are." They continued. "It was not this huge declarative statement. It was just, 'This is who I am."