Janelle Monáe revealed that she is non-binary on the April 20 episode of “Red Table Talk.” In a 2018 Rolling Stone cover article, the Grammy nominee came out as pansexual.

Monáe said at the time that she originally identified as bisexual but “later 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.” Pansexuality is an attraction to people regardless of their gender.

“I’m nonbinary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely,” Monáe said on “Red Table Talk. “I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ If I am from God, I am everything. I am everything, but I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything beyond the binary.”

‘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****r,’ they said.

Her huge on-and-off-stage presence was partly built to shield the diminutive singer..

‘It had to do with the fear of being judged,’ they said. ‘All I saw was that I was supposed to look a certain way coming into this industry, and I felt like I [didn’t] look like a stereotypical black female artist.’

Monae used the hashtag #IAmNonbinary on Twitter in January 2020, leading fans to fear they were coming out as nonbinary; however, they later explained to The Cut that it was only a show of support for the community to raise awareness and visibility.

Monae explained at the time: ‘I tweeted the #IAmNonbinary hashtag in support of Nonbinary Day and to bring more awareness to the community.

‘I retweeted the Steven Universe meme “Are you a boy or a girl? I’m an experience” because it resonated with me, especially as someone who has pushed boundaries of gender since the beginning of my career. I feel my feminine energy, my masculine energy, and energy I can’t even explain.’

The edition of Red Table Talk began with presenter Jada Pinkett Smith noting the now-famous incident of her husband Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, and while she did not go into detail, she did vow that it would be addressed at some point in the future on the chat show.

The 50-year-old media personality remained silent on the subject, but she did provide a written statement at the start of season five of her Facebook Watch series, which premiered on Wednesday.

It read: ‘Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing.

‘Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls. Until then…the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring, and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.’

Red Table Talk streams every Wednesday on Facebook Watch at 9 am PST.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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