British Liberal Democrat politician, Layla Moran, has recently revealed that she is pansexual. She is the first MP to do so.
The 37-year-old announced that she has been in a relationship with Rosy Cobb, an ex-press officer for the Liberal Democrats, for six months. She said her identity as pansexual has taken her by surprise.
Moran said, “It doesn’t matter about the physical attributions of the person you fall in love with, it’s about the person themselves.”
A pansexual person can be attracted to people irrespective of their gender identity, including people in and outside of the gender binary. In other words, a person is attracted to people based on their attributes and characteristics instead of their gender.
British comedian, Joe Lycett, who also is pansexual, said, “I say bisexual because it’s easy for people to understand but I actually don’t quite think it’s that.”
“Pansexual seems to be the closest thing at this point. In the sense that, what I’m attracted to changes depending on intangible things,” he added. “Sometimes you just look at someone’s thighs and think, ‘Oof, God, yeah’, but the other parts don’t appeal to you.”
He continued, “It’s not entirely to do with gender – it’s to do with where you’re at, your upbringing and the kind of person you are. It’s really complicated, like life is.”
Miley Cyrus has also spoken about pansexuality. She said she felt pansexuality fitted her on “a spiritual level.” She also identifies as gender-fluid.
Cyrus told Vanity Fair, “What I preach is: people fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality.”