Texas’ Only Openly LGBT Legislator Comes Out As ‘Pansexual’

Mary Gonzalez (D) won her Democratic primary in May, and with no candidate on the Republican ticket, became Texas’ first openly LGBT state representative. In an exclusive interview with the Dallas Voice, she has now revealed that she is not actually lesbian or bisexual, but identifies as pansexual. Pansexuality refers to a sexual orientation that is not tied to specific sexes, allowing for attraction to individuals who identify outside the male-female gender binary, such as those who are gender-queer or transgender. She explained that she didn’t “feel as if the term bisexual was encompassing of a gender spectrum that I was dating and attracted to.” Gonzalez chose not to come out as pan during the campaign because she worried she “would have overwhelmed everyone,” but now she stands as perhaps the only openly pansexual elected official in the country.