Janelle Monáe will release her anticipated Dirty Computer album later tonight and now she appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
The Wondaland Records singer used the platform to come out as pansexual saying:
“Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker.” She originally identified as being bisexual, “but then 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.”
Janelle then went on to speak about her idols including Tina Turner, David Bowie, Martin Luther King Jr. and Prince, accompanying film for Dirty Computer, and importance of sending a good message to the LGBTQ community:
“I want young girls, young boys, non-binary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you. This album is for you. Be proud.”
Read the interview here and pre-order Dirty Computer on iTunes now.