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32 non-binary activists, performers and stars who are proud, visible and making the world a better place

Vic Parsons July 14, 2020
32 non-binary people who are making the world a better place

Sam Smith in rehearsals for their first-ever performance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (Instagram/samsmith)

It’s International Non-Binary People’s Day, also known as a great day to learn more about prominent people in the non-binary community.

Non-binary people have existed for as long as humans have. In some historical cultures, people living outside the gender binary were revered as spiritual leaders.

While Western colonisation wiped many of these traditions out (due to the Christian ideal of the heteronormative nuclear family unit), non-binary people continue to exist – though the language we use to describe ourselves has evolved.

At a time when non-binary people around the world have vastly uneven access to healthcare, discrimination protection and legal gender recognition, this International Non-Binary People’s Day is a good time for us to remember how many non-binary people are out, proud and disrupting the gender binary.

Jinkx Monsoon. Performer and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5.

Chella Man. Deaf actor, model and artist, who last year joined the second season of DC Universe’s live-action series Titans in the role of Joseph Wilson, aka Jericho.

Nim Ralph. Community organiser, writer and trans activist.

Tommy Dorfman. Writer, model and star of 13 Reasons Why.

Divina De Campo. The first non-binary queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

SonicFox. Black non-binary furry and gamer who was Outsports‘ first-ever non-binary person of the year.

Caitlin Benedict. Radio producer and presenter of NB: My non-binary life on BBC Sounds.

Fox and Owl Fisher. Non-binary writers, filmmakers, educators and founders of trans production company My Genderation.

Travis Alabanza. Non-binary writer, performer, and artist.

Travis Alabanza promo shot for their play Burgerz. (Elise Rose)

ggggrimes. Non-binary artist.

Wednesday Holmes. Community organiser with Voices4, activist and artist.

Amrou Al-Kadhi. Non-binary Muslim drag queen, award-winning author and performer.

Indya Moore. Non-binary star of Pose, model and trans-rights activist.

Valentina. RuPaul’s Drag Race star.

Jamie Windust. Iconic non-binary activist, model and TedxLondonWomen speaker.

Sam Smith. Singer, probably the most famous non-binary person in the world.

Aja. Musician and Drag Race alumna who’s been outspoken with their criticism of RuPaul’s lack of trans inclusivity.

Jacob Edwards. Radio presenter at Gaydio and the first openly non-binary person to present on BBC Radio 1.

Asia Kate Dillon. Hollywood actor who plays Taylor, the first-ever non-binary lead character in a TV series, in Billions. Also seen in John Wick 3.

Alok Menon. Gender non-conforming writer, poet and performance artist.

Theo Germaine. Actor and star of Netflix’s The Politician.

 

Lach Watson. Hollywood actor who starred in Netflix’s Sabrina reboot.

Jamie Wildman. Non-binary lesbian and LGBT+ activist who sadly passed away in 2020.

Joshua Allen. Artist, writer and community organiser.

Brigette Lundy-Paine. Star of Netflix’s Atypical.

Radam Ridwan. Writer and model.

Dr Ronx. Emergency medicine doctor and BBC TV presenter on The Unshockable Dr Ronx.

Nayuka Gorrie. Actor, writer and Indigenous rights activist.

Victoria Sin. Drag artist.

Tom Glitter. Author, singer and writer.

Naeem Dxvis. Co-founder of London club night BBZ London.

 

More: Aja, Chella Man, gender binary, Indya Moore, international non-binary people's day, Jamie Windust, non-binary, Sam Smith, tommy dorfman, Travis Alabanza

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