Janelle Monáe Comes Out As Pansexual And Starts Trending

Written by Ann Brown

Singer-actress Janelle Monáe has always been private about her personal life, so when she recently came out as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone, a media frenzy ensued.

Monáe and pansexual immediately started trending. The interview prompted a spike in web searches for the term “pansexual.” The Merriam Webster dictionary reported an 11,000-percent increase in people looking up the definition, BBC reported.

“Being a queer Black woman in America,” Monáe told Rolling Stone, “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women–I consider myself to be a free–ss motherf-cker.”

Prior to this, Monáe alluded to being bisexual, but then she found out more about pansexuality, which is being attracted to all members of all sexes and genders.

“Later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too,’” she told the magazine. “I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

Monáe explores the themes sexual fluidity on her forthcoming new album, “Dirty Computer”.

“I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, 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 said about her latest collection of songs. “This album is for you.”

Monae recently starred in the Oscar-nominated films “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.”

Speaking of sexuality, fans may be able to soon purchase a pair of the so-called “vagina trousers,” which are seen in Monáe’s latest music video for “PYNK,” the single from her “Dirty Computer” album.

Designed by Duran Lantink, the pants are puffy and ruffled pink, which many say resemble a woman’s private parts. “We may be working on that,” she told People magazine when asked about mass-producing the pants. “I’m so tickled and honored that people are talking about the ‘PYNK’ pants, I think that it’s so cool to have discussions around women’s issues and women’s bodies, I think it’s amazing.”

And according to Monáe, the pants weren’t initially crafted to look like a vagina.

“Sometimes, I think people interpret those as vagina pants, they call them vulva pants, they call them flowers, but it just represents some parts of some women,” she told People. “There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don’t believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman. I wanted ‘Pynk’ to be a celebration of women who are unique, distinct, different, maybe different from one another but when they come together they create something magical and special.”

Janelle Monáe (right) and guest attending a special screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ at the SVA Theater in New York City.
Featuring: Janelle Monáe, Janelle Monae
Where: New York City, New York, United States
When: 10 Dec 2016
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