In celebration of the history and achievements of the pansexual community, December 8 is Pansexual Pride Day. Falling under the bisexual+ umbrella, GLAAD defines pansexuality as an “identity presenting an additional opportunity to express attraction to multiple genders.” However, pansexual and panromantic identities continue to be misunderstood and underrepresented, with Pansexual Pride Day aiming to bring more visibility to the community.
In honour of Pansexual Pride Day 2021, here are 5 out pansexual celebrities who are shedding light on pansexuality and unapologetically embracing their queer identities.
Musician and Moonlight actor, Janelle Monáe, is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, having come out as pansexual in 2018 in an interview with Rolling Stone. While Monáe initially identified as bisexual, she said: “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.”
Performer and Drag Race alumni, Courtney Act, has openly discussed their pansexuality and gender fluidity, saying that “gender and sexuality are fun to explore”. The drag queen told Cosmopolitan: “I am attracted to people irrespective of their gender. I am mostly attracted to guys, but I’ve had experiences with people of different genders. I feel like if I’m attracted to someone I’ll see where that takes me.”
Non-binary singer, Demi Lovato, came out as pansexual earlier this year after previously referring to themself as queer. Appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast in March, Lovato confirmed that they identify as pansexual, saying “I’m so fluid now, and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closeted off.” They also said that they are “proud” to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Last year, Yungblud came out as pansexual during Pan Week 2020, saying in an interview with Attitude magazine that he is attracted to people of all genders. The singer continued: “My sexuality is mine and I’m proud of it…I love everyone. I’m attracted to everyone”, and explained that his previous partner, Halsey – who is proudly bisexual – helped him discover his sexuality.
Singer, dancer and YouTube creator, JoJo Siwa, opened up about her pansexual identity at the beginning of 2021, sparking joy among the LGBTQ+ community as Siwa became a role model for young queer people. Speaking with People magazine in April, she said: “Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that’s how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human.”
Happy Pansexual Pride Day from Scene!