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Drag Race star Valentina comes out as non-binary: ‘I am my own gender’

Drag Race star Valentina comes out as non-binary: ‘I am my own gender’

Valentina comes out as non-binary | Photo: VH1

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 star Valentina has come out as non-binary.

Previously starring on the ninth season, winning Miss Congeniality, the performer has opened up about her gender identity.

‘I identify as non-binary,’ Valentina told Out.

‘I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman.

Valentina added: ‘I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.’

Other RuPaul’s Drag Race stars have previously come out as non-binary or gender non-conforming.

Others include season six star Courtney Act, season seven winner Violet Chachki, season three winner Raja, season five winner Jinkx Monsoon and All Stars 3’s Aja.

Valentina is getting ready to make her debut in Fox’s Rent.

She is playing Angel, a character at the center of ongoing speculation. Many believe she could be a cisgendered male drag queen, while others say Angel is a trans woman or non-binary.

Both Angel, and Valentina while in drag, go by female pronouns.

‘I get to bring that aspect to my Angel character,’ she added.

‘[I] really have an idea of like, Why is she so happy and so confident in her armor, in her drag?”‘

But there’s a lot of pressure.

‘I do take the responsibility of being a gay nonbinary drag queen person taking on a really important iconic role like Angel and I hope [audiences] tune in for it,’ she said.

Fans have applauded Valentina.

One said: ‘The more people who embrace who they truly are and feel confident enough to tell the world the better.’

Rent: Live airs on FOX on 27 January. The show stars Tinashe as Mimi, Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen and Kiersey Clemons as Joanne.

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