Nico Tortorella comes out as gender-fluid and gets full drag makeover…
Nico Tortorella has come out as gender-fluid with the help of RuPaul‘s Drag Race season 9 queen Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor. The 29-year-old actor, who plays heartthrob Josh in TV Land’s Younger, has previously identified as sexually fluid and bisexual
In March, Tortorella married Bethany Meyers, a fitness instructor who identifies as gay, and with whom the actor has been in a polyamorous relationship with for a decade.
In a new video with them., Taylor gives Tortorella a drag makeover and initiates the frank conversation by telling him: “You identify as gender-fluid.”
Tortorella, who has recently started using the neutral pronouns ‘they’, ‘them’, and ‘theirs’ instead of ‘he’, ‘him’, and ‘his’, responds by saying: “This isn’t actually anything that I’ve really talked about on a public level quite yet, but I just pretty recently have come to terms with the fact that maybe I’m not fully cisgender.”
“And what does that mean?” Tortorella continues. “I think the vocabulary for that is so wide right now and it’s like picking which word fits best.”
NEO TUCK “I just pretty recently have come to terms with the fact that maybe I am not fully cisgender,” Tortorella confesses. “This isn’t something I’ve actually talked about on a public level quite yet.” This is how a drag makeover also becomes an important discussion of gender, sobriety, and what it’s like to be judged within the LGBTQ+ community. — I love you @trinitythetuck I love you @them Thank your for all of this. Full story and video link in bio.— Ok, I want to take this opportunity to address a few things from this video. Firstly, my body. My weight has fluctuated my entire life. For the past couple years, I started to really get into shape. Working out sometimes twice a day, diets, supplements, hormones, etc. Remember, I am an addict. Over the past 6 months I have worked out less, ate more, wrote a book, and have tried to love myself more and more every day; body, mind, and spirit. I have days where I love my body, and days when I’m not happy; wishing I still looked like I did. Today I am telling you all of this to shed some light on body dysmorphia and body positivity. Being in shape is so much more than having a six pack, arms, and tight skin. My incredible partner @bethanycmeyers has taught me that. Last night they text me “Just a reminder that you are beautiful and your body is too. Use this workout tonight to clear your head and strengthen your body for your busy day tomorrow” Thank you for always being an inspiration and beacon of light for body positivity. Check out @thebe.comeproject Ok next I have to talk about a comment in the @them video I made about @bigandmilky. Milk is one of my best friends, my drag mother, and complete inspirations. I feel terrible for calling her a smelly ass queen in the video. Truly. Out of context it just sounds mean. The part they cut from the video was me saying she didn’t need to wash her drag anymore. She gets custom designer looks made because she is a supermodel. Dan, the work that you do for gender nonconformity, love, and the community globally with @voices4_ is unprecedented. I love you always babe, I’m so sorry that came out that way. 📸 @1demerith @emilycgeraghty #dragme #niconiconico #allofitisyou
Tortorella then explains to Taylor that the couple are currently quite fond of the word ‘cissy, with a “c”‘, defining it as “kind of cisgender-ish, but like, a little soft.”
Repeating a claim made in a previous interviews, Tortorella adds:
“The most flack that I get from anything that I talk about, being bisexual or fluid, is from specifically white, cis, gay men… The trolls online love to just waste their time pounding away on keys.”
After Taylor finishes the drag makeover, Tortorella says “I feel beautiful.”
“You look gorgeous,” agreed Taylor.