Janelle Monae Comes Out As Pansexual – Becomes Most Searched Word On Merriam-Webster
Singer Janelle Monae came out as a pansexual during in an interview this week and within 24 hours it became the most searched word on Merriam-Webster’s website.
Monae was featured as the cover story for Rolling Stones where she talked about what it was like to be queer and a woman of color in 2018.
I am thankful to all my musical heroes who graced this cover before me . Thank you @rollingstone for recognizing this lil’ #DirtyComputer . -JM 🤖💗🙏🏿 Article in bio ! •••••• Hair: Nikki Nelms (@NikkiNelms) Makeup: Jessica Smalls (@JessicaSmalls) Styling: Alexandra Mandelkorn (@mandelkorn) and me Photo: Matt Jones (@theonlymattjones)
“Being a queer black woman in America,” she said, “Someone who has been in relationships with both men and women ― I consider myself to be a free-a– motherf–ker,” she said.
At first she thought she was bisexual, but then realized she identified more as a pansexual. “I was like ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am,” she said.
Monae noted she made her new album Dirty Computer for everyone who is “dealing with their sexuality.”
“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,” Monae said. “This album is for you. Be proud.”
Following the release of her interview, the search for the word “pansexual” went up 11,000%.
📈 ‘Pansexual’ is our top search today. 👑https://t.co/DJ8gUex3qs
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 26, 2018
The online dictionary defines “pansexual” as “of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation.”