‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness says he’s non-binary: Some days ‘I feel like a woman’

Jonathan Van Ness officially came out as gender nonconforming in an interview for Out magazine, talking about his self-pride along with the shaming he’s encountered for his identity. 

“The older I get, the more I think that I’m non-binary — 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,” he said. “Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it. I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to.”

Van Ness serves as the grooming expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” reboot, along with the other members of the “Fab Five’ – Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown and Bobby Berk.

When remembering his childhood, which included nail polish, heels and scarves, Van Ness recalled, “When I was really young, I had really femme-shamey, gender-shamey (comments) when I would dress like that. When I would play with those things, I knew it needed to be before the sun came up or after the sun came down, like, in the basement and it needed to be something I couldn’t wear to school — like when I would do it, it had to be behind closed doors.”

Reality TV personality Jonathan Van Ness at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 9, 2018. (Photo: FilmMagic)

When asked whether he came into his femininity later in life, Van Ness slightly took issue with the question, pointing out that his coming-out experience did not sum up his life so far.

“I just didn’t know what the name was,” he said about his non-binary identity. “I’ve been wearing heels and wearing makeup and wearing skirts and stuff for a minute, honey. I just like didn’t know that that meant — that I had a title.”

Van Ness previously spoke out against criticism of the sheer black gown he wore to the Creative Arts Emmys in Sept. 2018 in an Instagram post, writing, “We absolutely came to slay this lewk & (expletive) a gender norm…” 

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