Politics

Texas State Rep. Mary Gonzalez Changes From Lesbian to 'Pansexual'

| by Michael Allen

State Rep. Mary Gonzalez became the first openly lesbian lawmaker in Texas in May, but has now changed her sexual identity.

Gonzalez recently told the Dallas Voice that she is 'pansexual,' someone who is sexually attracted to all gender identities.

Gonzales said she is pansexual because "gender identity isn't the defining part of my attraction," which she claims makes her different from a bisexual. However, she did not say what exactly was the defining part of her attraction.

The 29-year-old told the Dallas Voice: "As I started to recognize the gender spectrum and dated along the gender spectrum, I was searching for words that connected to that reality, for words that embraced the spectrum. At the time I didn’t feel as if the term bisexual was encompassing of a gender spectrum that I was dating and attracted to."

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"During the campaign if I had identified as pansexual, I would have overwhelmed everyone. Now that I’m out of the campaign, I’m completely much more able to define it."

Gonzalez  is running again for the U.S. House of Representatives this fall, and is favored to win as there is not a Republican running in her El Paso, Texas district.

Denis Dison, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, told the Dallas Voice: "People should inform the media and others about the term they prefer, and that sort of education is a good thing. It’s also a little more tricky in politics to be cutting edge and inform people about something they may not be familiar with."