The issues facing people who do not identify within a gender binary have been gradually seeping into the public consciousness thanks to the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox’s openness about the transgender experience. But it’s still fair to say that these are still quite mainstream representations of non-binary gender identification and that Vinny Ohh’s story is much more unique.
Vinny Ohh is a makeup artist. He was born male, but today neither identifies as a male or a female. Instead, he believes that he is “genderless” and that his gender ideal is that of a “hot extra-terrestrial.”
In short, Vinny’s mission in life is to transform from a human male to an alien lifeform that is free of gender and the politics that go with human gender roles.
In order to achieve his ambition, Vinny has spent a lot of money on surgery to change his appearance. To date, he has handed out more than $50,000 in cash to transform his body. He’s had 12 cheek fillers, 2 nose jobs, multiple Botox treatments, and more.
He’s also expecting to work with his surgeons to eventual remove his belly button, his nipples, and yes, even his genitals are due for removal. When Vinny’s finished with all the surgery that he has planned, he will have spent nearly $200,000 to become an alien.
He was just 17 when he first knew the cut of the surgeon’s knife, and he’s 24 now. It’s worth noting that though Vinny desires to be sexless, the doctors that he has seen have all refused to grant his wish of a genderless existence, at least so far. He feels confident that one day they will change their minds.
He says he “wants his outside to match how he feels on the inside” and that he simply identifies as an alien far more than he does as human. Vinny cites the fact that he thinks he already looks like a Martian, and that his role seems like a natural progression for him.
As an alien, Vinny does not identify as gay, bisexual or transgender. However, he has huge sympathy for that community and works as an LBBTQ activist whenever he can.
He says people should be free to be whatever they want. His own appearance provokes strong reactions and he finds many people want to tell him how much they admire him. Sadly, others want to assault him instead. ‘‘I don’t look real and people love it. Some people have said they want their kids to be like me and that I’m an inspiration for children who don’t feel like they belong,” he says proudly.
Vinny is clear that he’s not bothered by the pronouns people use in conjunction with him, unlike some gender fluid individuals. He just doesn’t identify with any standard pronouns and that leads him to believe he should be allowed to remove his genitals because he “shouldn’t need to have anything down there.”