Sara Ramirez, best known for playing Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, [has come out] as gender nonbinary. Ramirez, who came out as bisexual in 2016, announced they will use both she/her and they/them pronouns.
In a post shared on Instagram Thursday, Ramirez said:
“In me is the capacity to be” everything from a “girlish boy” to a “boyish girl.”
Their announcement has sparked elated responses online, with some dubbing the actor a “nonbinary queen.”
“Coming out publicly was something that I was afraid of because I was concerned that it would affect my career in a negative way,” they told People magazine.
“I was afraid of the discrimination I might face, not just outside Hollywood, but inside.”
Yet after the shooting, Ramirez felt called to use their voice to bring increased attention to the violence LGBTQ people regularly face.
“As I continued to read and hear about the countless forms of violence perpetrated against us, including the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, an organic, incremental urgency to use my platform to empower those who are part of these communities that I’m a part of came over me in a way that I’ve never felt before,” Ramirez told People.
Ramirez joins a growing number of celebrities who identify as nonbinary, including Sam Smith, who came out as such last year. Billions star, Asia Kate Dillon, Transparent creator, Jill Soloway, and Valentina, a previous contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, also identify as nonbinary.