Sara Ramirez of 'Grey's Anatomy' Comes Out as Non-Binary

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 31, 2020

Sara Ramirez, who starred at Dr. Callie Torres on the hit television series "Grey's Anatomy," came out as gender nonbinary on Thursday, NBC News reports.

This follows the coming out as bisexual of Ramirez's "Grey's Anatomy" character in 2009, and then Ramirez coming out as bisexual seven years later, in 2016, after the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando. Ramirez explained to People:

"Coming out publicly was something that I was afraid of because I was concerned that it would affect my career in a negative way... I was afraid of the discrimination I might face, not just outside Hollywood, but inside.

"As I continued to read and hear about the countless forms of violence perpetrated against us, including the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, an organic, incremental urgency to use my platform to empower those who are part of these communities that I'm a part of came over me in a way that I've never felt before."

Peppermint, trans entertainer and RuPaul's Drag Race contestant from season 9, responded with support to the news on Twitter:

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.