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John Cameron Mitchell comes out as non-binary after ‘getting flack’ for playing trans character

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John Cameron Mitchell has come out as non-binary after “getting a little bit of flack” about playing a trans character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The 58-year-old stars as Joe Exotic in Joe vs Carole, a limited series based on the Wondery Podcast of the same name. Mitchell discussed the ongoing debate about whether or not gay characters should be portrayed by gay actors during an interview with Pride. “I believe that acting means you’re playing someone that you’re not,” they told the outlet. “And I played all kinds of stuff that I’m not, but you bring your own life to it.

For so long, there weren’t a lot of queer stars. We all know why, because of homophobia.” They do, however, believe in giving “everybody an opportunity” though this does not mean “we only need to play ourselves because otherwise, it’s nothing but autobiographies.” Mitchell then referenced Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2001 musical comedy-drama they starred in. “Lately I’ve been getting a little bit of flack,” they explained before adding that some people believe “only trans people can play that role because it’s a trans role.” The star then casually came out as non-binary. “I’m not trans, I’m non-binary, but that’s a slippery slope because the character is forced into an operation and is not really trans,” Mitchell continued. “The show is really about drag really more protecting them.

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