Miley Cyrus has always been vocal about her sexuality, and now she has a new revelation: She identifies as pansexual.
In a tease for her upcoming Elle UK cover story, Cyrus said she identifies as pansexual, which means she considers herself attracted to people of all gender identities.
“I’m very open about it — I’m pansexual,” she said. “But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.”
“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,” she said. “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others, according to Wikipedia.
Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a subset of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, the “notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations”, it is often considered a more inclusive term than bisexual. To what extent the term bisexual is inclusive when compared to the term pansexual is debated within the LGBT community, especially the bisexual community.
Speaking to Yahoo Health, Jean Twenge, PhD, a millennial researcher, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and author of Generation Me, said increased awareness of pansexuality can likely be attributed to millennials. It seems to be linked to the generation’s desire for individualism.
“We’ve seen that to be the case with female bisexuality,” Herbenick says. “Decades ago, far more women identified as ‘lesbian’ and less of ‘bisexual.’ Now we see very few women — 1 to 2 percent — identify as lesbian, but up to 7 percent of women identify as bisexual.”