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'Drag Race' winner Jinkx Monsoon comes out as non-binary

2017-07-26
Jinkx Monsoon has opened up about their gender identity, and revealed that they are non-binary. Jinkx won season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2013 after winning over fans with their lovable personality and thoughtful, nostalgic drag. Since winning the show, Jinkx has toured the world, released an album, and performed with Major Scales in the acclaimed stage show The Vaudevillians. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Jinkx clarified how they identify. "Because this apparently needs to be repeated," they wrote. "I am male bodied, I prefer to identify as non-gendered/non-binary." Jinkx's preferred pronouns they/them, though they have no problem with being referred to as she/her while in drag. They continued: "I came out as NB/non-gendered almost 4 years ago. I have privately identified under the Trans umbrella since my teens. "For a long time I didn't think I needed to make my gender identity public info until I saw that I could be an advocate for our community," Jinkx wrote. "I spoke out on a trans matter 4 years back, and someone encouraged me to come out, in an effort to enlighten. I did and I'm glad I did." Jinkx also said that they do not get angry when people mis-gender them, "as long as it is not a malicious attack on my gender. "I choose to educate rather than get upset. I choose to enlighten people rather than attack them." Jinkx also cleared up any questions people may have about their life as a drag queen and their gender identity. "To be a drag queen does not automatically mean that one is a cis-male out of drag. PLENTY of queens live under the Trans umbrella. "I've seen some discussions online about my being NB, and inevitably someone will respond with "no, he's a drag queen. "The two are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE." Read Jinkx's entire thread below: More stories: Former Skins star Jack O’Connell gets totally naked for ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ revival Photographer unveils X-rated charity calendar to help fund the rescue of gay men in Chechnya