Janelle Monáe recently sat down with Sirius XM’s The Cagle Show and discussed identifying as non-binary and its importance.
The Glass Onion actress explained her approach to discussing her identity and how doing so can impact others.
“I think it’s all about just honoring your truth and your authenticity, and whatever that may look like,” Monáe told host Jess Cagle. “I’m not this arrogant person that thinks I have all the answers, so I think for me, it’s about making sure I’m also saying to people, ‘Further investigate who you are,’ you know?”
“Allow yourself to discover something new about yourself. Open up your mind to different possibilities, and listen to folks who are saying, ‘This is who I am. This is how I feel inside and outside.’”
“I think all of it, to me, is important as we evolve as humanity, as we understand more about gender, as we understand more about sexuality,” added the “Make Me Feel” musician. “So, I’m just keeping an open mind about it all.”
Last year, the Grammy-nominated musician came out with her non-binary identity while on an episode of Red Table Talk:” I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely. I feel all of my energy,” she said. “I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’”
“And if I am from God, I am everything. But I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am, beyond the binary.”