Yesterday, sexual minorities of all kinds celebrated National Coming Out Day and the indominatable spirit of LGBTQs. Among those celebrating was Miley Cyrus, who clarified her own sexuality to those still questioning her. In the process of doing so, Cyrus made a pretty decent case for the word "pansexual," which in some ways has fallen out of favor amongst activists.
"My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality," said Cyrus in an interview with Variety. I always hated the word 'bisexual,' because that’s even putting me in a box. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be okay. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand."
The difference between bisexuality and pansexuality is a subtle one. Bisexuality implies that a person is open to both men and women. Pansexuality implies that a person is open to men, women, anything in between, and people who identify as something entirely different.
Miley also added: "I think the LGBTQ alphabet could continue forever. But there’s a 'P' that should happen, for 'pansexual.'" Hey, fair enough, I guess.
The interview covers a lot of ground including her time as a judge on The Voice. Cyrus also commented on her work as an activist with her charity The Happy Hippie Foundation, which addresses the current LGBTQ homelessness crisis. "I think I just felt so stupid," she said. "I felt like what I was doing didn’t have value, because being a pop star was really silly when people are homeless and hungry."
Cyrus went on to discuss her relationship to the LGBTQ community at large and her own coming out: "My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be okay. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand."
"I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories," she said, discussing her process of self-discovery. "I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, 'Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'”
Oh, Miley. Don't ever stop being you. (She can't stop, she won't stop.)
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