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What does it mean to be pansexual? Singer Janelle Monae speaks out about sexuality

In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monae addressed her sexuality, a subject that’s long been speculated under the limelight.

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Monae spoke to the magazine about being in relationships with men and women and said that while she initially identified as bisexual, after learning about pansexuality, she realized she identifies with it as well.

Compared to being bisexual, which means someone is attracted to more than one gender, being pansexual “means being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender,” according to LGBTQ organization GLAAD.

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“Pansexual people may be sexually attracted to individuals who identify as male or female; however, they may also be attracted to those who identify as intersex, third-gender, androgynous, transsexual, or the many other sexual and gender identities,” Stop-Homophobia.com notes on its website.

Pansexuality often goes hand in hand with another term, omnisexuality.

Other celebrities that have spoken out about being pansexual: Miley Cyrus, Laci Green, Angel Haze and Jazz Jennings.

“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.

“This album is for you. Be proud,” she added about her long-awaited third solo album “Dirty Computer,” which drops on Friday.

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Many Twitter users embraced Monae for speaking out.

Monae will be performing at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5.

Read Monae’s full interview with Rolling Stone.

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