Over the past few years, major artists like Sam Smith and Demi Lovato have come out as nonbinary, paving a new path for people to see themselves, their identities and experiences reflected. Smith and Lovato, each with multiple top 10 smashes, now use “they/them” pronouns to refer to themselves, while artists like Big Freedia use both “he” and “she” pronouns.
But what does it mean to be nonbinary? And how can the nonbinary community best be supported?
In celebration of Pride Month, the latest episode of Billboard Explains explores being nonbinary in the music industry, including common misconceptions, major recent gains and tips on effectively helping the nonbinary community. Representatives for GLAAD also sound off on the importance of understanding nonbinary distinctions as a means of promoting LGBTQ acceptance.
After the video, catch up on more Billboard Explains clips and learn about the Billboard Music Awards, the Free Britney movement, rise of K-pop in the U.S., why Taylor Swift is re-recording her first six albums, the boom of hit all-female collaborations, how Grammy nominees and winners are chosen, why songwriters are selling their publishing catalogs, how the Super Bowl halftime show is booked and why Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” was able to shoot to No. 1 on the Hot 100.