Singer Janelle Monáe has come out as queer, and fans are overwhelmingly thrilled about it.
After her sexuality has long been the subject of speculation, Monáe has made headlines after casually coming out in an interview.
After initially identifying as bisexual, she said she later “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 added.
Queer fans on social media have expressed their delight at Monáe coming out.
“Janelle Monáe coming out as pansexual just burst my chest open with love. I love being pansexual, I love all the pansexuals in the most pansexual way!” tweeted one person.
“Janelle Monáe just said she feels pansexual and I’m living so much and I can’t really handle it. A big name celeb talked about being pansexual, I’m crying,” wrote another.
Monáe’s description of herself as pansexual has caused a surge of interest in the term, which refers to attraction to all genders or to people regardless of gender.
‘Pansexual’ is trending on Merriam-Webster Dictionary, with a spike of 11,000 per cent in people looking up the word.
Monáe has long hinted at her sexuality through her music.
The original title of her track ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ was ‘Q.U.E.E.R.’, which can still be heard in the background of the song.
good morning to Janelle Monáe and absolutely no one else
— Carly Usdin 🏳️🌈 (@carlytron) April 26, 2018
janelle monáe coming out as pansexual just burst my chest open with LOVE i love being pansexual i love all the pansexuals in the most pansexual way!!!!!!
— marty mcfly (@kandrade23) April 26, 2018
Support Janelle Monáe or go to hell basically
— Lucifer Morningstar (@LuciferTheGay) April 26, 2018
Queer culture is being awoken by your girlfriend yelling “are you awake?! Janelle Monae has come out!!”
— Jenna Suffern🌈 (@jensuffern) April 26, 2018
📈 'Pansexual' is our top search today. 👑https://t.co/DJ8gUex3qs
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 26, 2018
Janelle Monáe: Hey guess what I’m queer!
Straight people: whoa
Queer people: pic.twitter.com/wm4GejuJuF
— Lilah Sturges (@lilah_sturges) April 26, 2018
JANELLE MONAE JUST SAID SHE FEELS PANSEXUAL AND IM LIVING SO MUCH AND I CANT REALLY HANDLE IT a big name celeb talked about being pansexual im crying
— Neev🏳️🌈 (@dogfan311) April 26, 2018
TAKE ALL THE ATTENTION Y’ALL ARE GIVING TO KANYE
AND MOVE IT TO JANELLE MONÁE pic.twitter.com/1LyrdRewGK
— a d e ✧･*｡☆ ﾟ (@alexandraDeric) April 26, 2018
Janelle Monáe has come out 20 THOUSAND times in her music and ppl just weren't listening 🤦🏾♂️ "Baby don't make me spell it out for you" shoulda let y'all know she's been dropping hints from the start
— Rashi BothSides (@RMDavison) April 26, 2018
Janelle Monae’s coming out shows people what many don’t seem to comprehend. Many folks in the polysexual community identify with multiple labels: bisexual, pansexual, queer, etc.
💖💛💙Each person is free to use what ever label or labels they feel comfortable with. 💖💜💙
— pamela (@_pamelarants) April 26, 2018