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“I’m actually a pansexual, and I didn’t know that,” Thorne said on Good Morning America. “Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or you know, a he, a she, a this, or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being.”
Thorne also opened up about how she overcame trauma resulting from sexual abuse and learned to chase what makes her happiest.
“I mean, when you’re raised with someone. And you don’t know that it’s wrong,” she said of her abuse. “It’s just very, like, an everyday occurrence, like no big deal.”
Thorne is among the 4.5% of people who do not identify as straight in the U.S., according to a Gallup Poll. The other celebrities who have come out as pansexual in recent years include Miley Cyrus in 2015 and Janelle Monae in 2018. In 2018, the Daily Dot’s Ana Valens wrote an explainer on pansexuality and how it relates to other sexualities that fall under the LGBTQ umbrella.
Pansexuality is different from bisexuality because it rejects binaries, leaving room to describe an attraction to genderqueer and nonbinary people. Some pansexual people will publicly identify as bisexual to avoid alienating their peers, as the pansexual orientation is similar to several orientations under the LGBTQ umbrella.
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.