According to Rolling Stone, Janelle Monáe took a breath before she revealed, after much public/obsessive speculation, to the magazine that she identifies as pansexual.
Pansexuality? Apparently a lot of people don’t know what that means because they quickly turned to Merriam-Webster for help.
“Pansexual was among our top lookups on April 26th, 2018, after singer Janelle Monáe was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine self-identifying with the term,” the dictionary folks revealed on Thursday.
Pink News in the United Kingdom notes that “Pan” comes from the Greek word meaning “All.” “So pansexual means that you are capable of being attracted to any and all genders,” writes the publication.
“Safe to say, though: if someone tells you they’re pansexual, that means gender does not matter to them in terms of who they want to have sex with. ‘Hearts, not parts,’ as the pansexual saying goes.”
“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 told Rolling Stone.
“A lot of this album is a reaction to the sting of what it means to hear people in my family say, ‘All gay people are going to hell,'” she said.