Brendon Urie Is Pansexual, But What Does That Mean?

Brendon Urie Came Out As Pansexual And People Don't Seem To Know What That Means

Remember that plus sign in LGBTQ+?

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Recently, Brendon Urie, the lead vocalist for Panic! at the Disco, announced that, despite being married to a woman, he identifies as pansexual.

But, wait — where does pansexual fit into LGBTQ+? Well, remember the plus sign at the end? Yeah, it is in there.

Like many others, I was not entirely sure what being pansexual meant; I was under the impression that pansexual and bisexual were synonymous.

Oh, was I wrong...

Pansexual is used to describing a person who is attracted to any gender or gender identity. Essentially, gender is not even part of the equation. This includes romantic attraction, emotional attraction, and sexual attraction. Pansexual can also be referred to as omnisexual.

The fact that Brendon Urie is coming out with this as an adult and after being married to a woman for a few years is huge.

Brendon Urie is a well-known musician from the band Panic! At The Disco. He is a big name and, as a result, the news of his sexuality spread quickly. As a result, many people are being educated about what exactly pansexuality is.

In this day and age, we need to stop assuming that everyone we meet is heterosexual and we need to start educating ourselves on the various sexual identities.

Brendon Urie has always been a prominent advocate for the LGBTQ+ community since his song "Girls/Girls/Boys" dropped in 2013. Now, he is taking that extra step and publicly embracing himself for who he truly is.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Simply Put, 'Queer Eye' Slays, Don't @ Me

It's more than just a show about five gay guys, it's fabulous, it's gorgeous, it's fun, it's enlightening and it's uplifting.

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You may think that Queer Eye is just a reboot show that portrays gays and how they use their sense of style to help out fashion challenged straight men. But this show is so much more, there is a modern aspect to it that portrays how important is it to address the issues of self-acceptance, stereotyping and mental health.

These issues that are addressed in the show are not just targeted to straight men, there are also episodes that target to a broader audience. In fact, each one of us. With these portrayals in mind, it really shows the type of culture that shapes us and how people can change their perspective this live a happier life.

While I was watching the show, what really caught my attention was how it made me think about my life and how personal it felt to me. The main themes in this show are how people should love themselves and how that love spreads to others. This acceptance of yourself is shown through fashion, grooming, culture, food, and home design.

Each of the hosts gives advice on how the person should appear to others through their fashion sense, grooming, and their attitude. In fact, self-love is shown through everything that you do. It is inspirational to see these men help people from different backgrounds and give them advice so gracefully.

After watching one episode, you feel obligated to check yourself in the mirror and see how others may perceive you. It also can awaken your creative side and get you out the door to change your lifestyle, conquer your fears or finish a project you started.

Another characteristic of the show that caught my attention was how the five gay men, Bobby, Karamo, Antoni, Johnathan and Tan, (also know as the Fab Five) always have friendly, open and positive attitudes. Their genuine want to care for each of the heroes is inspiring. My deepest hope is that I can keep on feeling inspired by these people, and you should be, too.

If you haven't hopped on the bandwagon of "Queer Eye," you should be purchasing your ticket as soon as possible.

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