In a Rolling Stone cover story this week, Janelle Monáe says she initially identified as bisexual, but that has since changed.
“Then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
GLAAD puts pansexuality under the bisexual umbrella, defining the term as “anyone attracted to people of all genders or sexes, or regardless of sex or gender.” Some people use the labels bisexual and pansexual interchangeably, says Kate Estrop, president of the Bisexual Resource Center’s board of directors. “Pansexual came out of the complication people had with ‘bi’ implying binary,” Estrop adds. Either term can include attraction beyond the male-female gender binary, to those who are trans, gender-fluid, androgynous, intersex and more.
Monáe isn’t the first celebrity to come out as pansexual. Here are some others:
- Angel Haze
- Laci Green
“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she says in Rolling Stone. “This album is for you. Be proud.”