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Hikaru Utada has come out as Non-Binary

Hikaru Utada has come out as Non-Binary! Many of us here at EGF would like to say “Congratulations, Hikki!”

Utada is well known to Evangelion fans for singing the theme songs to the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. This is only a part of her substantial body of work.

Utada made this announcement on a June 26 social media livestream with Evangelion director Hideaki Anno. Details from the Japanese site Genxy say that Utada had said “I’m non-binary. Happy pride month!” during the chat before the talk with Anno. The announcement was made following this Instagram post from last week

I’m sick of being asked if I’m “Miss or Missus” or choosing between “Miss/Mrs/Ms” for everyday things :( It makes me uncomfortable to be identified so markedly by my marital status or sex, and I don’t relate to any of those prefixes. Every time, I feel like I’m forced to misrepresent myself. I long for an alternative option, one that anybody of any gender or social standing could use.

…After writing thus far I looked it up and discovered that “Mx.” (pronounced as “mix”) has been suggested! That’s awesome and I hope it becomes more widely used. I’m afraid my idea for a neutral prefix has come too late…

Text of instagram post by Hikaru Utada