Bella Thorne Is The Latest Celebrity To Identify As Pansexual -- But What Does It Mean?
Bella Thorne said she now identifies as pansexual during an appearance on 'Good Morning America' to promote her book 'Life of a Wannabe Mogul'.
In today's world, it's amazing to see that there are now so many different ways queer individuals can verbalise their identity, but with so many labels to describe one's sexual identity entering the modern lexicon, it's easy to get confused.
One label in particular that is often misunderstood is pansexuality; and with more and more stars identifying as pansexual -- such as Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Courtney Act, Brendon Urie, and most recently, Bella Thorne -- the term is slowly being brought into public awareness.
This week, actress Bella Thorne was the latest star to declare that she now identifies with the term -- having previously told fans via Twitter in 2016 that she was bisexual.
“I’m actually a pansexual, and I didn’t know that,” Thorne said in the interview, describing the label as, “You like what you like.”
“Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or … you know, a he, a she, a this, or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being,” Bella added.
“It doesn’t really matter what’s going on, over there. If I just like it, I like it!”
But what exactly does it mean to be pansexual?
Queer advocacy organization GLAAD broadly defines being pansexual as: “being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender." So essentially, it means that like with bisexuality, pansexuals are sexually attracted to men and women.
However, the key difference is that pansexual people tend to consider themselves as more “gender fluid” and may also be drawn to those who identify as intersex, non-binary, androgynous or transgender.
If you're still puzzled as to what that encompasses, you're not alone -- so who better to explain than the following A-listers who identify as pansexual?
In a 2018 interview with Attitude, Act explained, "It’s important to acknowledge bisexual, pansexual."
"We have such a rigid idea of what heterosexuality is and that’s problematic. We have such a rigid idea of what gay is and that’s also problematic," she added.
"The reason I identify as pansexual is not because I wander around the street looking at women thinking I wanna bang 'em, it's because I've had sexual and emotional experiences with women, and I don't count that out as being a possibility," the 'Dancing With The Stars' runner up said.
Speaking to PAPER Magazine in 2018, he said, “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.”
He elaborated, “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 am attracted to.”
“I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.”
“I’m a little bit boyish. But I can also be super femme and dress as a bunny rabbit. Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex -- I’m super open, pansexual, that’s just me,” Miley told Billboard in 2017.
While she previously identified as bisexual, Monáe told Rolling Stone last year that upon learning about pansexuality, she felt it was a label that fit her more appropriately.
"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," she told them.
She added, "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-a** motherf***er."
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Dillon, who also identifies as non-binary and prefers the pronouns "they," "their," and "them," is known for making history as the first non-binary TV character in history with their role as Taylor Mason on 'Billions'.
Speaking to HuffPost in 2017, they said, "From the time I came to understand sex and sexual orientation, and all of that, I've identified as pansexual and I've always felt like I had the spiritual, emotional, physical capability of being attracted to any gender."
Speaking to The Guardian in 2012, the rapper said she identified as both pansexual and agender, saying, “Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that's hard – then I can be with you. I don't care if you have a vagina or if you're a hermaphrodite or whatever.”