SAMJ: A NON-BINARY ARTIST

Artists who identify with a gender that is outside of the gender binary (non-binary or genderqueer). Non-binary gender identities include agender and bigender.

By Balthazar Malevolent

SAMJ: A NON-BINARY ARTIST

SamJ is a designer based in Amsterdam.

As more celebrities are coming out as non-binary – last but not least, Jonathan Van Ness – they are shedding a light on this gender identity.

Despite what a widespread misconception states, identities beyond the gender binary aren’t new. There is evidence of people identifying as something other than male or female as far back as 400BC.

Someone who is non-binary or genderqueer thinks of gender as a spectrum rather than a binary opposition. And this, obviously, happens regardless of sex assigned at birth.

There are also frequent cases of parents deciding to raise their kids as non-binary. This genderfluid parental approach allows children to pick the gender they feel more comfortable identifying with when they’re old enough.

What does non-binary look like?

An underrepresented part of the broader LGBTI community, non-binary folks are constantly challenging gender stereotypes associating this identity with androgyny.

Being non-binary, in fact, doesn’t necessarily imply enbies need to be androgynous or rather comply with the traditional idea of what androgynous should look like.

Notable nonbinary people include celebrities, activists, and historical figures who identify outside of the Western gender binary, regardless of whether they have used the word "nonbinary" for themselves. They may call themselves genderqueer, use an indigenous word for their identity, or they may simply describe their identity with words like "I'm not a man or a woman," "I'm some percentage of both," or "I often change back and forth." They were not necessarily born physically intersex, and they do not necessarily transition. This article is about a few such people who are well-known. Due to the nature of how people become well-known, people who are musicians, actors, or activists tend to be overrepresented in this list. (There many more nonbinary people all over the world who are not famous, and who have other types of careers.) The entries in the below table are sorted alphabetically by surname. You can click on the headings to change it to sort by birthdate, nationality, or gender identity instead.

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