Ruby Rose is receiving kudos for a comment that she made to raise awareness of gender fluidity. Known for her role on Orange is the New Black, Ruby was at the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) when she used her co-hosting role with Ed Sheeran as a way to turn gender fluidity into an everyday concept, reported MSN.
“Ladies and gentlemen, and everyone in-between,” greeted Rose.
Twitter went wild.
Beyond causing a stir with that comment, Ruby has been outspoken about her own gender identification and what gender fluid means.
“Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other. For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which — in my perfect imagination — is like having the best of both sexes.”
Rose pointed out that she is also aware of her characteristics in terms of ones typical of men versus those of a woman.
“I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I’ll put on a skirt,” added Ruby.
Like Rose, many celebrities have discussed LGBT issues, from Caitlyn Jenner and her I Am Cait reality TV show about the transgender community to Ellen DeGeneres and her views on gay marriage.
Miley has set up an #InstaPride campaign. Cyrus hopes that it will provide a forum for LGBT tales, from transgender, to gay, to what Miley uses as her own self-identification, which is gender fluid.
“I’m just equal,” stressed Cyrus. “I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel.”
Miley revealed that she long has been known as the go-to person for questions about sex and gender.
“They all wanted to experiment. I was always the one.”
As for her change from sweet, squeaky clean Hannah Montana to pastie-prone “Wrecking Ball” Miley, Cyrus sees it as a way to promote power.
Cyrus recalls the past with an increasingly different frame of reference, she told Time.
“People try to make everyone something,” pointed out Miley. “You can just be whatever you want to be.”
“I had to take them off immediately because of the way I looked,” Cyrus recollects. “If I was me now, I would have been like, ‘F*** you. Normal 14-year-olds have braces. I’m going to have braces on the show, so kids who have braces in real life know that’s okay.’ But I didn’t have that in my mind then. I was coming from Nashville.”
That was then, this is Miley at 22, with a no-holds-barred attitude about expressing herself and wearing what she wants.
“What I’m about is all about acceptance,” summed up Cyrus.
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