According to an exclusive with People Wayne Brady has come out as Pan Sexual.
Brady — known as much for his deft comic timing as his fully loaded smile — is ready to tell the world how he identifies: “I am pansexual,” he says, meaning that he is attracted to persons regardless of their sex or gender.
Brady puts it another way: “Bisexual — with an open mind!” he says with a chuckle.
Today the house is bustling with activity.
The Let’s Make a Deal host’s daughter, Maile, 20, and ex-wife Mandie Taketa, 47, are on hand.
Taketa was the first person Brady came out to. “I just said, ‘Great.’ As I knew coming out would help him be happier,” she says.
Maile’s response to Brady was mostly a shrug. “I just said, ‘Okay,’” she remembers, breaking into a big, proud smile.
Also scattered around the house: a camera crew.
Brady, Maile, and Taketa — along with Taketa’s partner Jason Fordham — are filming a reality series about their blended family, set to premiere on Hulu next year.
Taketa and Fordham welcomed a new baby in 2021, and Brady is considered a co-parent.
In His own words
In doing my research, both with myself and just with the world, I couldn’t say if I was bisexual, because I had to really see what that was, especially because I really have not gotten a chance to act on anything.
So, I came to pansexual because — and I know that I’m completely messing up the dictionary meaning — but to me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, transsexual or non-binary. Being able to be attracted across the board.
And, I think, at least for me for right now, that is the proper place.
I took pan to mean that not only can I be attracted to any of these people or types physically, but I could be attracted to the person that is there.
Read his entire editorial here.
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“To me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, transsexual or non-binary. Being able to be attracted across the board.” pic.twitter.com/44VZYJg4wp
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