Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie has come out as pansexual.
The musician revealed the news during an interview with Paper magazine.
Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I’m attracted to.
The 31-year-old has been married to his wife, Sarah Orzechowski, for five years:
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.
Urie joins actress Janelle Monae, who also revealed that she is pansexual during an interview with Rolling Stone.
Being a queer black woman in America – someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.
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.
Urie has always been open about his views on sexuality and has hinted about his own in both interviews and songs. His hit song Girls/Girls/Boys is inspired by Urie’s experiences with homosexuality and bisexuality.
Coming to terms with his sexuality was not a ‘weird’ process for the singer.
I know that it made a few people uncomfortable, when somebody gets uncomfortable about me doing what I used to call ‘stage gay’. It kind of presses me to want to do more.
Urie recently donated a massive $1 million to the charity GLSEN, which supports LGBT+ youth across America.
What is pansexuality?
This is different to 'bisexual', although definitions of the term are expanding quickly. While 'bisexuality' has historically been thought to describe sexual attraction to 'men' and 'women' - and therefore exclude anyone who doesn't fit those descriptors - others have argued that it can describe someone who is attracted to someone who shares their gender identity, and someone that doesn't.
'Pansexuality', on the other hand, explicitly incorporates attraction to non-binary people. It's essentially a catch-all term, but one which has been described as contributing to the erasure of bisexual identities and upholding biphobia.
On the other hand, there are commentators who feel that 'bisexual' as a term is too exclusive and should be broadened out to incorporate those that identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming.
It's a complicated debate from all sides, but it's one which Monáe's statement has reignited and introduced to new audiences.