The music star and actress Janelle Monae came out as pansexual in Rolling Stone's May 4, 2018, issue cover story. "Being a black queer woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women, I consider myself to be a free-a-- motherf-----," she said. Janelle initially described herself as bisexual, the magazine reported, but later decided she preferred the term pansexual, which connotes an attraction to someone regardless of their gender identity. "Later I 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 explained.