Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness says he faces misogyny as a ‘nonbinary trans person’


Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness says he faces misogyny as a ‘nonbinary trans person’ for being feminine: ‘It doesn’t only affect women’

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has opened up about being on the receiving end of misogyny.

Speaking to Vogue’s Into The Gloss podcast, the gender nonconforming star insisted that experiencing misogyny isn’t just limited to women. 

‘As a nonbinary trans person who is very femme, I feel that I’ve faced a lot of the misogyny,’ JVN explained.

Struggles: Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness (pictured) has opened up about being on the receiving end of misogyny. The gender nonconforming star said that experiencing misogyny isn't just limited to women in a new interview this week

Struggles: Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness (pictured) has opened up about being on the receiving end of misogyny. The gender nonconforming star said that experiencing misogyny isn’t just limited to women in a new interview this week

‘I’m obviously not a woman so I don’t know what it is to be a woman and that’s not what I’m saying, but misogyny doesn’t only affect women,’ he continued.

‘And I think that’s what’s so hard for trans people and gender nonconforming people, is like, misogyny is an energy, it’s like a thing, and so is the patriarchy. It’s like this insidious thing and it effects everyone, obviously in different ways.’

Jonathan, 35, identifies by a variety of different pronouns which span the gender spectrum.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph last month, the star said he’s comfortable with all identifiers, from masculine and feminine to non-binary.

Me too! 'As a nonbinary trans person who is very femme, I feel that I've faced a lot of the misogyny,' JVN explained to Vogue's Into The Gloss podcast

Me too! ‘As a nonbinary trans person who is very femme, I feel that I’ve faced a lot of the misogyny,’ JVN explained to Vogue’s Into The Gloss podcast

‘When I say, he, she, they, whatever, I mean it because I feel like in ways I am all of those things and I’m none of those things at the same time,’ Van Ness said.

‘That’s why I feel like whether you want to say he, she or they, it is okay for me,’ he continued.

‘If it is they or she, for me who I am is so much more than what that means to other people and to me.

Diverse: Jonathan, 35, identifies by a variety of different pronouns which span the gender spectrum

Diverse: Jonathan, 35, identifies by a variety of different pronouns which span the gender spectrum

‘That is where I come at it and why I identify as he, she or they ­because I feel like I’m everything and I feel like I’m nothing at the same time. That is kind of existential, but it is how I see it.’

Jonathan is set to return to Australia in September for his Imaginary Living Room Olympian tour.

He’ll stop at Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, before heading over to New Zealand for one show in Auckland.

Down Under! Jonathan is set to return to Australia in September for his Imaginary Living Room Olympian tour

Down Under! Jonathan is set to return to Australia in September for his Imaginary Living Room Olympian tour

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