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Panic! At The Disco's Lead Vocalist, Brendon Urie, Has Come Out As Pansexual

"If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart's in the right place."

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"I'm married to a woman and I'm very much in love with her but I'm not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person," said Urie, who's been married to Sarah Orzechowski since 2013.

Urie said he's never been a person who subscribed to traditional conventions of masculinity. "Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care," he said. "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."

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Queer fans of the singer have long enjoyed Urie's music, sometimes taking his lyrics and making them applicable to their own lives. In "Girls/Girls/Boys," a song about the artist's first threesome, has been embraced as a message about "coming out and accepting who you are," Urie said.

For Urie, this was a way better purpose for the song than originally intended, he said.

"Taking this thing that I wrote about and then changing it to be more inspiring for your own purposes, what a beautiful idea."

Last week, at the end of Pride Month, Urie donated a $1 million gift to GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) via his Highest Hopes Foundation.

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The finances will go toward funding gender and sexuality clubs across high schools in the US.

"For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,” Urie said in a statement. “I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.”

“Some of the most inspiring leaders out there right now have come from GSAs," he continued. "Working firsthand with GLSEN, student leaders everywhere, and all my fans, I want to make sure that every one of our future leaders out there has the support they need to form their own GSA and begin their work to make a better world.”

Michael Blackmon is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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