In the past, Janelle Monáe had been coy or quiet about her sexuality. But she certainly isn’t when talking about the issue in a new Rolling Stone cover story, in which she says she’s had relationships with both men and women and currently identifies as pansexual.
“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,” she says. While she initially considered herself bisexual, “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.
The full Rolling Stone piece is here.
Thank you @JanelleMonae for sharing your music, your art, and your full self as a queer black woman in America with all of us, today and every day! Visibility matters and culture shift is possible when we boldly speak the truth and beauty of our lives as LGBTQ people. https://t.co/JkoGRn2CsH
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) April 26, 2018