Demi Lovato has recently self-identified as non-binary and is now using they/them pronouns. To identify as non-binary means that the person does not identify with the gender stereotypes of either “man” or “woman”. They are simply somewhere in between, somewhere that does not subscribe to any specific gender stereotypes at all.
What is Non-Binary?
Think of non-binarism as a spectrum or an umbrella. Within this spectrum, you can identify as many different things, including gender fluid, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer among others. These all mean different things and it just depends on what label the person identifies the most with. For example, being gender fluid means you flow between two or more genders. In some cases, being gender fluid allows the person to move between both “man” and “woman” depending on the time and their mood. So, you can identify as non-binary and gender fluid at the same time.
In many cases but not always, people who identify as non-binary will use the pronouns they/them. Personally, I use they/them pronouns, but I also identify with she/her pronouns. In my case, I identify as a woman, but I also don’t always like subscribing to the stereotypes of a woman. So, I also use they/them because sometimes, I feel like I am somewhere in between man and woman on the gender spectrum.
Demi is “still learning” who they are
Lovato explained, “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all. I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.” They continued, “I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or spokesperson.”
Last March, Demi Lovato was on the Joe Rogan podcast where they discussed being ‘fluid’ and ‘pansexual’. Demi expressed, “I feel [the change to they/them pronouns] best represents the fluidity 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.”
Other celebs who use they/them pronouns and identify as non-binary are singer Sam Smith, actor Ruby Rose, actor Janelle Monáe, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye.
If you want to learn more about the gender spectrum, non-binarism, gender fluidity, or anything else related to gender, visit the LGBT Foundation website or them.us.
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