The lead singer of the band Panic! at the Disco Brendon Urie identifies as pansexual.
Urie is a longtime ally to the LGBTQ community, and he came out as a pansexual in an interview for Paper magazine.
He told Paper that he is married to a woman and he is very much in love with her, but he is not opposed to men because he likes persons in general.
“Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to. I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.”
He met his wife Sarah Orzechowski while on tour with PatD, and they got married back in April 2013 in California.
Urie had previously expressed his attraction to men, but this is the first time he identifies as pansexual. He has often shared kisses with fellow male bend members on stage, and they have a numerous LGBTQ fans.
The singer first shed some light on the speculation back in 2013, when he called himself “straight”, but had “experimented in other realms of bisexuality and homosexuality”.
He told Paper this week that he would go up to Ryan, their guitar player, and kiss him on the neck or on the mouth. Ryan would then be so mad, but Urie would tell him that he just wanted to kiss him.
“I would hang out with friends and after five or six beers we’re just kind of like smooching on each other. People just get hammered and fool around.”
Urie also regrets describing himself as “barsexual” in the past because of his habit of drunkenly kissing his male friends.
Just last month Urie promised to donate $1 million to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network through his Highest Hopes Foundation to benefit LGBTQ youth.
In a statement about the donation, Urie said that his fans have inspired him with their determination and creativity for years, as they have created a safe and inclusive community. So, he felt the time had come for him to join them boldly and to bring that energy and power to bear on the challenges that face our whole society.