Drag isn’t just for men.
Crowned in the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon has had a lot on their plate as a drag performer. But that doesn’t stop them from opening up about their gender identity.
“Because this apparently needs to be repeated... I am male bodied, I prefer to identify as non-gendered/non-binary,” they wrote on Twitter Monday. “I prefer They/Them.”
Because this apparently needs to be repeated... I am male bodied, I prefer to identify as non-gendered/non-binary. I prefer They/Them.— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
Monsoon continued to explain how long they have identified as non-binary, stating they came out almost four years prior.
I came out as NB/non-gendered almost 4 years ago. I have privately identified under the Trans umbrella since my teens.— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
Even though Jinkx identifies as they/them, they still prefer she/her pronouns while in drag. “And frankly, she/her always works for me,” they added. “My future is female.”
In drag, I prefer She/Her. :) and frankly, she/her always works for me. My future is female.— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
Originally, they didn’t see the necessity in coming out publicly. But Monsoon was eventually inspired to come out about who they are to enlighten and teach others.
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 Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
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 Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
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. ????⬇️— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
Monsoon stated the “rant” came after seeing arguments over the topic, namely people correcting each other over which gender Monsoon identifies as. “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.”
The two are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 24, 2017
Monsoon spoke with Queerty earlier this year about their gender identity.
“I’ve never identified as fully male. I’ve always identified as more gender fluid or gender ambiguous, but I never knew the vocabulary to explain it for myself,” they said at the time. “Embracing that in myself meant that I started to embrace the fact that there are a lot of people out there that really like gender fluid people. So now I’m meeting all these hot guys who would have been into me this whole time if I just knew how to find them!”
After winning Drag Race, Monsoon went on to release two albums — “The Inevitable Album” and “ReAnimated.” They have a new album on the way, titled “The Ginger Snapped.” They also released seven singles including “Can I Get an Amen?” and “Schizophrenic.”
Aside from the music scene, Monsoon has a documentary about their life in and out of drag, “Drag Becomes Him.” The documentary is set to premiere Thursday, April 13 on Logo.