Comedian and actor Mae Martin says they are ‘attracted to all genders’ (Picture: Channel 4)
Mae Martin has spoken out about being non-binary and opened up about their experiences with gender dysphoria.
The Feel Good star shared a lengthy post on Instagram explaining that they are ‘attracted to people of all genders’, adding that being ‘referred to as a female comedian or a lesbian comedian’ is ‘inaccurate’.
They also confessed that they haven’t been ‘clear’ with their friends about their preferred pronouns until now.
They added a few professional black and white photos on Instagram of themselves ’embracing’ wearing a binder to ‘help me feel more confident’.
Mae revealed: ‘The way I feel about my gender identity is ongoing and evolving, and it’s personal, but I thought it might be good to say for clarity and in case anyone finds it helpful – I’m nonbinary, my pronouns are they/them and she/her (I love it when people say “they” but I don’t mind “she” at ALL).
‘I’m very bisexual and attracted to people of all genders. I experience gender dysphoria sometimes – not always! – and have done since I was a tiny kid.
‘When that dysphoria hits it sucks, and I find wearing a binder (the one in these photos is from a wicked company called @gc2b ) can sometimes help me feel more confident.
‘Photo shoots can trigger these feelings, so in a recent press shoot with legends @josephsinclair and @society_makeup I tried to face the anxiety and do a few photos embracing wearing the binder rather than being embarrassed. These are those pics.’
Mae continued: ‘Annnnyway, this aspect of my identity is just one part of me and not the main part at ALL, but I get asked about it a lot in interviews/by online people, and am often inaccurately referred to as a female comedian or a lesbian comedian, so I thought I’d just clarify.
‘I haven’t been that clear publicly, or privately to some of my friends to be honest. That’s mainly because I’m still figuring it out. I thought I would be transparent, you know?
‘Now I can just go back to talking about Bette Midler, corn, sloths, etc.’
Mae received messages of support from fans after sharing their pronouns, with many friends and fans leaving red love heart emoji.
As well as the Channel 4 comedy Feel Good, about a recovering addict, Mae has also appeared in the comedy Uncle and mini-series Outsiders.
Credit: Original article published here.