Miley Cyrus has always been an open book. Whether she’s talking about politics or refusing to appear on red carpets, she’s always beautifully real. And a recent interview with Variety is no exception. In it, Cyrus discusses everything from her choice to stand with Hillary Clinton, to her decision to prioritize smoking weed over having a clothing line in Walmart. She also talks about what it means to be pansexual.
“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality,” Cyrus told Variety. “I always hated the word ‘bisexual,’ because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl.” Cyrus then explained that she went to a Los Angeles LGBTQ center, where she encountered individuals who identified as gender-neutral. This helped her understand and discover her own gender identity. “I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life,” Cyrus said. “People may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral.” She explained that learning about her gender—she identifies as “unassigned”—helped her better understand her sexuality. “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay,'” she said. “It’s because I’m not.”
Pansexuality, also known as omnisexuality, is the attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. It’s not the same as bisexuality, which means the attraction to more than one gender. Whereas bisexuals are attracted to men and women, pansexuals are attracted to men, women, cisgender people, transgender people, intersex people, and people who identify anywhere else on the continuum.
Cyrus revealed that it was initially hard for her to come out to her conservative family. But she’s since reached a place of peace and acceptance. One thing she said especially helped her was serving as a role model for a contestant on The Voice, who came out as a result of Cyrus’ mentorship.
Thank you, Cyrus, for your unending honesty. We’re so glad to see you out and thriving.
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