Why Janelle Monae is speaking out on her pansexuality and why she’s now free AF
Janelle Monae is a free black woman, so to hell with your boundaries.
The singer opens up to Rolling Stone about her sexuality and says she identifies as “pansexual” and is open to exploring different facets of her sexuality, without finger-pointing a specific preference, reports the New York Daily News.
“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–cker,” she told the magazine.
Once identifying herself as bisexual she now says her identity changed saying “…then 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.”
Her latest album entitled ‘Dirty Computer’, has easily been her most personal offering yet; especially with songs like ‘Pynk’ that boldly explores sexuality and left many wondering about the nature of her longtime friendship with actress Tessa Thompson.
“I am such an honest person and speak very candidly when I’m with friends and family, and that’s what you’ll hear on this album,” Monae promises. “I sing about politics, race, sexuality, gender on the record but to release the album, I needed to make sure I had the confidence to not self-edit. I needed to be vulnerable, honest and open.”
She covers Rolling Stone and in the revealing interview says it important she is forthright about her sexuality so that it helps others to come to terms.
“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.”
Janelle Monae explains pansexuality as being attracted to all genders, or attracted regardless of gender—no boundaries.