Pansexuality is the sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Being pansexual differs from being bisexual. Bisexuality means sexual or romantic attraction to more than one sex, usually men and women. However, some argue that bisexuality and pansexuality are the same. Moreover, some bisexual people describe themselves as being “gender blind”, which means gender is disregard in their interactions. Meanwhile, others have more rigid views on the attraction to femininity and masculinity.
In October 2016, Miley opened up about being pansexual and gender-fluid in an interview with Variety. She said: “I think when I figured out what it was. I went to the LGBTQ center here in LA, and I started hearing these stories. I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. In addition, I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Moreover, even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral.
“I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh – that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not’.”
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Bella Thorne revealed she identifies as pansexual during an interview with Good Morning America in July 2019. The actress had previously come out as bisexual in 2016. However, after someone explained to her what it means to be pansexual she realized that it fit.
“I’m actually pansexual and I didn’t know that,” she explained. “Somebody explained to me really thoroughly what that is. You like what you like. Doesn’t have to be a girl or a guy, or a he or she, or they, or this or that. It’s literally you like personality. You just like a being.”
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In 2010, Kesha spoke about her sexuality saying she liked “people” and wouldn’t label herself as gay or straight. Although she’s never specifically come out as pansexual, in an interview with Seventeen in 2013 she said, “I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.”
Model and actor Cara recently told Variety, “I always will remain, I think, pansexual.” She continued, “However one defines themselves, whether it’s ‘they’ or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ I fall in love with the person—and that’s that. I’m attracted to the person.” The interview came a few weeks after she split from long-term partner Ashley Benson.
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The Netflix Outer Banks star opened up about her pansexuality during a 2020 Instagram Live Q&A.
“I feel zero shame, and I don’t feel that way because nobody’s ever really shamed me for it and I know a lot of people have had a lot of hate and lack of support. I know so many, countless stories of queer people that did not have support,” she said of her coming out experience. “But if you’re asking me personally, that’s just my experience with it. It was worth it. I feel lighter, I feel happy that I can just be so open and honest. It feels nice.”
Janelle Monáe revealed she is a “queer black woman” in an interview with Rolling Stone in April 2018, after initially identifying as bisexual.
“Being a queer black woman in America,” the Hidden Figures actress said. “Someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”
She added: “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.”
“I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because, to me, I like a person,” Brendon revealed. “Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.”
Brendon admits that he is “definitely attracted to men” and it’s all about the person. He continued: “If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place.”
Amber Heard came out to her parents as a bisexual. While she said she never hid her sexuality from family and friends, Heard also faced pushback from the industry once she went public about it. However, while speaking at an Economist panel, she said, “I never have myself defined by the person I’m with… I never saw myself defined as one particular thing or not.”
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Speaking to Nylon in 2019, model Tess Holliday said she once told someone who asked her if she was bisexual, “I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship to my own queerness, and I think the word pansexual speaks to me more than bi does”.
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Asia Kate Dillon identifies as non-binary, using them/they pronouns, and pansexual too. Additionally, this Orange Is The New Black star opened up about pansexuality during an interview with HuffPost in 2017.
“From the time I came to understand sex and sexual orientation, and all of that, I identified myself as pansexual. I always felt like I had the spiritual, emotional, physical capability of being attracted to any gender.”
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Incredible singer/songwriter Sia has never officially labeled her sexuality. However, she once told Same Same, “Before I was actually successful, I said I dated boys and girls and anything in between. I don’t care what gender you are, it’s about people. I’ve always been … well, flexible is the word I would use.”
Soko aka Stephanie
French singer/songwriter Soko aka Stephanie Sokolinski, once told W Magazine, “I’ve always been open with my sexuality, meaning I don’t really care about gender.”
Soko, who dated Kristen Stewart, added, “This new generation is a lot more liquid with sexuality and it’s really refreshing.”