Bella Ramsey came out as gender fluid, Janelle Monáe won the SeeHer award, and Tina Kotek was sworn in as Oregon's first lesbian governor.

‘The Last of Us’ Star Bella Ramsey Comes Out as Gender Fluid

Bella Ramsey, best known for their roles in “Game of Thrones” and “The Last of Us,” recently came out as gender fluid.

Ramsey shared the news during an interview with “The New York Times” where they said their gender has “always been very fluid.”

“Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I would think about it, but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting,” said Ramsey. “I’m very much just a person.”

Ramsey is nominated for Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer and is happy to be nominated in a gender-neutral category.

“Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like,” they said. “But in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.”





Janelle Monáe Wins the SeeHer Award


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Janelle Monáe was presented with the SeeHer Award at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards. The award honors people who advocate for gender equality, defy stereotypes, portray characters with authenticity and push boundaries in the industry.

“I’ve tried to make an effort in my work — whether it’s storytelling through music and film or TV and fashion, through literature — to highlight the ones who’ve been outcast or relegated to ‘the other,’” said Monáe.

Monáe’s acceptance speech honored the characters she portrayed and their experiences. The actor, who is non-binary, also mentioned her journey with identity and thanked those who saw their gift and pushed them to be where they are today.

“So to anyone out there like me watching right now, I just want you to know that I see you. But I challenge you to see you,” Monáe said.

Tina Kotek Sworn in as First Lesbian Governor of Oregon


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Tina Kotek was sworn in as Oregon’s governor, becoming one of the first two lesbian governors in the nation.

At the swearing-in ceremony, Kotek was with her wife Aimee Wilson and gave her a shout-out calling her “the first lady of Oregon” and adding, “Thank you, my love, for your support.”

Starting Jan. 17, her first day in office, she plans to begin addressing issues facing Oregon including homelessness, a lack of affordable housing, and the need for access to behavioral health care.

“We won’t be perfect, but we will improve every year, so Oregonians can proudly say their state government was there for them,” she said.

She mentioned Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., saying, “It will take all of us, doing what we can, to build the Oregon we want to live in.”