Litchfield's newest inmate Stella Carlin is stirring up trouble within the prison's walls, but in real life, Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose is stirring up an important conversation.
In an interview with Elle, Rose said that both she and her OITNB character Stella identify as "gender fluid." In other words, she doesn't describe herself as strictly male or female. And, as she told the Guardian last year, she struggled with that idea growing up, praying that she "wouldn't get breasts."
“I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one," Rose explained. "So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which — in my perfect imagination — is like having the best of both sexes.”
While she's not the only androgynous character on the show, she thinks that the inclusion of a character that publicly identifies as gender fluid will help people's understanding of gender. Rose has also openly voiced her support for the trans movement and Caitlyn Jenner.
"I’m just proud to be alive during this massive shift in the world,” she said.
We're also happy to see the tide shifting to provide acceptance of everyone, regardless of gender.