A Pansexual Elected Official

Mary Gonzalez, elected to the Texas House of Representatives, recently came out as pansexual. She chooses that term because “gender identity isn’t the defining part of my attraction,” hence saying that she’s bisexual doesn’t technically describe how sexual attraction works for her. Significantly, she chose to come out after the election cycle, so while acceptance for alternative sexualities is increasing, it’s perhaps not yet to the point where displaying a non-heteronormative sexuality while campaigning is a good idea, sadly.

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.