Janelle Monae opens up about her sexual orientation

Joann Johnston
April 26, 2018

Singer/actress Janelle Monae has come out as queer.

"Being a black queer woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women", she told the magazine, "I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker".

In a new interview, the singer and actress spoke candidly about her much speculated on sexuality.

Initially, too, Monae originally identified as bisexual - that is to say, she feels equal attraction to both genders - but has since changed her tune, choosing to identify as pansexual because it's a more inclusive term.

On the song Q.U.E.E.N - which was apparently originally called Q.U.E.E.R - she sings: "Am I a freak because I love watching Mary"; and in PYNK, Janelle's rumoured girlfriend Tessa Thompson emerges from pants symbolising Monae's vagina.

Monae has been received critical plaudits for her work in music and film, the latter involving roles in movies such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures.

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However, she has now officially clarified how she identifies, and it's all kinds of wonderful.

In the past, Monae would dodge questions about her sexuality, telling fans and reporters alike that if they wanted answers to their questions about her sexuality, they could listen to her albums, because the "answers were there".

"I serve the God of love", she concluded. To be pansexual is to be attracted to any sex, gender or gender identity.

"PYNK" singer and style icon Janelle Monae announced to the world that she is queer, specifically pansexual, in a new cover interview published Thursday with Rolling Stone. "I'm open to learning more about myself".

The 32-year-old is set to drop her third album "Dirty Computer" tomorrow (April 27th 2018), and with it comes a huge revelation that is of so much importance to members of the LGBT community both young and old: this lovely songstress is queer and proud. "This album is for you".

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