Pansexual? Singer Janelle Monae opens up


Pansexual? Singer Janelle Monae opens up

In Summary

  • Monae says she's still learning about her sexuality.
  • Her sexual orientation has been a source of speculation in the past.
  • According to USA Today, a pansexual is “a person who is attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender, according to Ellis.

Singer and actress Janelle Monae sheds light on her sexual orientation in a new interview.

“Being a black queer woman in America … someone who has been in relationships with both men and women — I consider myself to be a free-** mother****,” she said in a Rolling Stone cover story published online on Thursday.

Monae, a six-time Grammy nominee who has also starred in films such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures, says she’s still learning about her sexuality.

“But then later I read about pansexuality and I was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to leaning more about myself,” she said.

According to USA Today, a pansexual is “a person who is attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender.

“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.”

Monae’s sexual orientation has been a source of speculation in the past. 

In a 2013 interview with Pride Source, she said, “I just live my life, and people can feel free to discuss whatever it is that they think and use whatever adjectives they feel. It’s a free country.”

Monae told Rolling Stone that the answers to the questions around her sexuality were always in her music. 

She cites Mushrooms & Roses and “Q.U.E.E.N” as two songs that portray a woman named Mary as a love interest.

In Q.U.E.E.N she sings:

“Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?/And is it rude to wear my shades?/Am I a freak because I love watching Mary?”

Monae’s hope is that her new album, “Dirty Computer,” which debuts Friday, will inspire those who feel left out for being different.

“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracised or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said.

“This album is for you. Be proud.”

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