Janelle Monáe has seemingly announced via Twitter that she is non-binary. 

The "I Like That" artist tweeted Friday’s trending hashtag of #IAmNonBinary.


Some people who have publicly identified as non-binary used the hashtag as a way to bring visibility to themselves and their community, others used the hashtag as a tool of education. GLAAD tweeted out information and graphics meant to help people use language that is less binary and more inclusive. The Human Rights Campaign similarly used the hashtag to educate their followers that there is actually no one way to look gender non-binary and other prominent false beliefs. 

"Identifying as non-binary isn’t new, but visibility is helping more people embrace their identities as non-binary. In fact, 12% of respondents to @HRC’s 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report identify as non-binary," The Human Rights Campaign tweeted. 

Nonbinary visibility has spread through awareness and education. Still, some struggle to understand gender non-binary identity and appropriate terminology.

"People whose gender is not male or female use many different terms to describe themselves, with non-binary being one of the most common. Other terms include genderqueer, agender, bigender, and more. None of these terms mean exactly the same thing – but all speak to an experience of gender that is not simply male or female," according to the National Center for  Transgender Equality

Monáe’s identity has evolved before our eyes. In 2019, after years of coyly answering questions about intimate preferences, Monáe let the world know that she considered herself a proud pansexual

"Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf**ker," she told told Rolling Stone. "I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.' I'm open to learning more about who I am." 

The “PYNK” star has become the most recent celebrity in a growing list to announce their nonbinary identify. In June, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness opened up about his nonbinary identity in a sit down with Out Magazine

“The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place,” Van Ness said. 

This past year, multi award-winning artist Sam Smith announced they identify as they/them, subsequently confirming their nonbinary status via tweet. 

“Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out...,” Smith said.  

In 2017, The Hate You Give actress Amadla Stenberg opened up about their gender identity. 

"I tend to believe that gender as we've set it up in current-day society doesn't actually exist," Stenberg told PEOPLE.