TikTok’s pansexual COO Vanessa Pappas has come out as non-binary

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TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas
TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas

Now the party don’t start ’till they/ them walk in…

 

TikTok’s Chief Operating Officer, Vanessa Pappas, has revealed they are non-binary.

While Twitter is now headed up by Elon Musk, the man who called pronouns an “aesthetic nightmare” and whose trans daughter reportedly cut ties with her billionaire father, TikTok is once again showing it is ahead of the curve in its company practices.

Current TikTok COO Pappas shared that they “primarily go by V” in their personal life and have recently started to use both they/them and she/her pronouns.

Vanessa Pappas (V), Chief Operating Officer for TikTok, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing to examine social media's impact on homeland security, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Vanessa Pappas (V), Chief Operating Officer for TikTok, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing to examine social media’s impact on homeland security, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Since representation matters, I recognize the importance of language in identifying and affirming gender differences,” Pappas, who has been TikTok’s COO since 2021, said.

Pappas, who is pansexual and in a same-sex relationship, added that their identity best fits with “being both a woman and non-binary.”

“I don’t worry if you don’t use V or they/them all the time, but I do appreciate the effort to recognize my preferences,” Pappas said.


“As a parent I also want to set an example on how it is ok to represent yourself in a way that you most identify with and to have pride and to celebrate such difference,” Pappas said. “In my position I am also aware of how I have an ability to bring greater visibility, discussion and ideally acceptance within my community whether among work, family or friends.”

Congratulations, V! 


See all the people who have come out as LGBTQ+ in 2023 (so far…) by clicking here.