Janelle Monáe is feeling thankful.

It’s been nearly a year since the multi-hyphenate artist came out as nonbinary, and they are now reflecting on the positive response they’ve received.

“It’s been great,” the 37-year-old musician, actor and best-selling author told People in a story published Friday. “And I say that because I think that there are a lot more discussions, and that’s so important.”

Monáe, who uses both she/her and they/them pronouns, came out as pansexual — a term used to describe a person who experiences attraction without regard to sex, gender identity or gender expression — in a 2018 Rolling Stone cover story.

In April 2022 they confirmed they were nonbinary in an interview on Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk show “Red Table Talk.”

“I just don’t see myself as a woman,” they said at the time. “I feel like God is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ If I am from God, I am everything.”

Now, looking back at the past nine months, the Grammy-nominated musician says they are grateful for the dialogue they’ve helped facilitate.

“I think that all of us want to walk in our truth. We’re just trying to find a name to put with how we feel. And I think that’s always great,” they said.

“I try to challenge people to listen. Yeah, you may not necessarily understand. But listening is such a free thing we can do. I think that by listening you can give somebody more compassion, more empathy, and that’s just one more step [to] bridging that gap between us,” Monáe added.

The star of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” said their gender identity has even helped them grow as an artist.

“Being non-binary has opened up my mind in terms of the type of art I can make and where I can go, who I can be. I’m all about surprising myself and discovering something new,” they said.

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