She’d apparently never really spoken out about her own gender identity, but the Drag Race alum and current contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 has now spoken out about how she self-identifies. This Valentina gender reveal comes ahead of a live TV performance later this month.
“I identify as nonbinary,” Valentina said in a recent interview. “I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman. I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.”
The Drag Race Season 9 queen is hardly the only contestant to self-identify by a non-heteronormative gender, either during their stint on the series or following. The current season of All Stars includes Gia Gunn, a queen who came out as a trans woman last March following her initial stint on the reality competition series.
Contestants on the series have spanned the gamut in terms of gender identity. While the majority of contestants identity as gay men, some are genderqueer (Courtney Act), some consider themselves genderfluid (Violet Chachki), some are nonbinary (Jinkx Monsoon, Aja) and several are trans (Sonique, Carmen Carrera, Stacy Layne Matthews, Kenya Michaels, Monica Beverly Hillz, Peppermint, Jiggly Caliente).
A spokesperson for Valentina has reportedly said the drag star continues to favor female pronouns for herself.
The Valentina gender reveal comes ahead of her appearance on the live production of RENT, airing Sunday, Jan. 27 on Fox.
Valentina will play the HIV-positive character of Angel, a role that itself has sparked some intrigue into gender identity. Some believe Angel is a gay male drag queen, while others believe the character is better referred to as trans or genderfluid.
Tinashe, Vanessa Hudgens and others will star in the RENT live production.
“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 [viewers] tune in for it,” Valentina says.