• Jonathan Van Ness has spoken out about his gender identity. (Getty Images North America)
"I'm just being who I wanna be."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

11 Jun 2019 - 10:22 AM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2019 - 11:02 AM

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness AKA JVN has come out as non-binary.

Speaking openly in a new interview with Out magazine, Van Ness revealed that while he's most comfortable with he/him pronouns, he does not identify as a man, saying: “some days I feel like a boy and some days I feel like a girl.”

“I didn’t really put [my behaviour] together with ‘gender non-conforming’ or ‘non-binary’ or owning that as an identity until recently because I think I just thought that I loved skirts and heels and like a kind of Whole Foods Face,” he told Out's Fran Tirado.

“I just am either like gender-bendy or non-conform-y or non-binary and some days I feel like a boy and some days I feel like a girl. I didn’t think I was allowed to be non-conforming or genderqueer or non-binary — I was just always like ‘a gay man’ because that’s just the label I thought I had to be.”

The star, who has his own podcast, Getting Curious, continued: “Comments come from everyone, but I really feel like if you’re expressing yourself and like that’s what you really feel, then I don’t care. I’m just being who I wanna be.”

The popular 'fab five' member also reflected on his experiences of being bullied as a child, saying that he was always targeted for his feminine behaviour and expression.

“Growing up, I definitely put on every nail polish, every heel, every scarf - I definitely had my mum’s knock-off Hermès scarves in my hair and around my waist - those were my skirts, and I loved it,” he said.

“But when I was really young, I had really femme-shamey, gender-shamey [comments] when I would dress like that.”

You can read the full interview here.

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