Janelle Monae is FREEING herself. The ‘POP ANDRIOID’, actress MODEL, comes OUT as PANSEXUAL!
As she sings on a song from her new album, Dirty Computer, “Let the rumors be true.” Janelle Monáe is not, she finally admits, the immaculate android, the “alien from outer space/The cybergirl without a face” she’s claimed to be over a decade’s worth of albums, videos, concerts and even interviews – she is, instead, a flawed, messy, flesh-and-blood 32-year-old human being.
And she has another rumor to confirm. “Being a queer black woman in America,” she says, taking a breath as she comes out, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.” She initially identified as bisexual, she clarifies, “but 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.”
Monáe, who has long since kept her sexuality under wraps, told The Guardian in February that she felt “sexually liberated” following the release of her Make Me Feel music video, which many were quick to dub a bisexual anthem.
While celebrities may be bringing media attention to pansexuality, the concept is not new, GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, told USA TODAY in 2016 after Miley Cyrus came out.
That means a person who identifies as pansexual may be attracted to a transgender person, someone who goes by the gender neutral terms of “ze” or “zir,” or someone who identifies as straight or gay.
Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenage woman, told Cosmo in 2015 that pansexual means you are “attracted to anyone, no matter their sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, everything.”
“There’s no limits,” she said. “I’ll date anyone. It’s more that I love someone for their soul. Physically, I think I’m more attracted to boys but sometimes I’m attracted to girls too, so it’s weird.”[USA Today]