Actor, model and activist Nico Tortorella has come out as gender fluid.
“This isn’t actually anything I’ve talked about on a public level quite yet, but I just pretty recently have come to terms with the fact that maybe I’m not fully cisgender,” they explained.
“What does that mean? The vocabulary for that is so wide right now, and it’s like picking which word fits best. I’m not quite at that stage yet, but I don’t feel one way or the other.”
Tortorella then said they identify with the expression “cissy with a C” because it’s “kind of cisgender-ish but a little soft.”
When asked about online trolls, Tortorella said they get the “most flack” for their candid debates on sexuality and gender identity from “white, cis gay men.” They continued: “The trolls online love to just waste their time pounding away on keys.”
The 29-year-old star was gifted a dazzling drag makeover by Trinity courtesy of Them, and of course, they had trouble tucking.
Watch the video below:
Last weekend, Tortorella served “gender fuckery” at the GLAAD Awards with their spouse, Bethany C. Meyers.
After the event, they posted a note to Instagram in which they declared their white privilege and celebrated the LGBTQ community.
“This weekend was for femmes, boys questioning what boy means, and women,” they announced.
“Last night was for you. Last night was for every gender nonconforming transfeminine warrior beauty of all shapes and color. You are valid. You are worth it. You do not deserve the constant harassment and bashing you endure on a daily basis.”
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“I see you today and every day. I am you. I love you. I am here for you. Not just to tell you that you look beautiful but to help keep you alive.”
Read their full post below.
gender fuckery. it is a privilege for me to be able to wear this stunning @csiriano lewk standing next to my twin flame @bethanycmeyers for the @glaad media awards. it is a privilege i have for a multitude of reasons. the color of skin, my ability to pass as straight and cisgendered, my socioeconomic status, my celebrity, my location, my body, my face, my partner. a privilege to be able to show up to an event like this and then to throw on shorts, vans, tube socks, a t-shirt and beanie to walk my dogs safely in new york city. a privilege so many people in this world who identify as trans and non-binary simply do not have. this weekend was for them. this weekend was for femmes, boys questioning what boy means, and women. last night was for you. last night was for every gender nonconforming transfeminine warrior beauty of all shapes and color. you are valid. you are worth it. you do not deserve the constant harassment and bashing you endure on a daily basis. i see you today and everyday. i am you. i love you. i am here for you. not just to tell you that you look beautiful but to help keep you alive. i’m going to end this with a quote from my dear friend @alokvmenon from their book FEMME IN PUBLIC – "what feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world?" we shouldn’t have to simply survive, we should ALL be able to live. i love you again. ALL OF IT IS YOU. #niconiconico #glaadawards #glaad #glaadmediaawards #allofitisyou