Miley Cyrus On Pansexual Identity

Miley Cyrus gets candid about struggling with her gender and sexual identity in a new interview with Variety for their issue Power of Women which is honouring Cyrus for the efforts of her Happy Hippie foundation.

"My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word 'bisexual,' because that's even putting me in a box. I don't ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl," she tells Variety. "Also, my nipple pasties and s--t never felt sexualized to me. My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family."

Miley also admitted that she didn’t realize how connected she was to the LGBTQ community until she actually met others who shared her views of human sexuality. “I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories,” she said. “I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh—that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.'”

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