Monáe’s fear­less com­ing out

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Janelle Monáe used to only hint at her sex­u­al­ity through metaphors and al­ter egos, said Brit­tany Spanos in Rolling Stone. Now the singer and ac­tress is speak­ing openly about be­ing pan­sex­ual, or, as she puts it, “a free-ass moth­erf---er.” For years, Monáe says, she hid be­hind a ro­botic pub­lic per­sona—whose re­sponse to dat­ing ques­tions was “I only date an­droids”—to stop peo­ple pry­ing into her per­sonal life. It also meant she didn’t have to come out to her sprawl­ing, strict Bap­tist fam­ily. Grow­ing up in Kansas City, Monáe heard some rel­a­tives say they be­lieved that “all gay peo­ple are go­ing to hell.” To­day, not all mem­bers of her large fam­ily—“I got 50 first cousins!”—know about her ro­man­tic life, but they have likely all seen her wear sheer pants and share a lol­lipop with Tessa Thomp­son, her ru­mored girl­friend, in a re­cent mu­sic video. “I lit­er­ally do not have time,” she says with a laugh, “to hold a town-hall meet­ing with my fam­ily and be like, ‘News flash!’” Monáe, 32, hopes that by pub­licly com­ing out now, she can help fans who might be strug­gling with their own sex­u­al­ity. “I want girls and boys who are feel­ing os­tra­cized or bul­lied for just be­ing their unique selves to know that I see you. Be proud.”

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