In an exclusive interview published on Monday, actor and host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” Wayne Brady, revealed his pansexuality. Brady discussed how he had suppressed his true self, felt concerned about others discovering his sexuality, and experienced shame about not being open about it. He also shared a video on Instagram advocating for mental health and announced his affiliation with the LGBTQ+ community.
At 51 years old, Brady explained, “I am pansexual. Bisexual — with an open mind!” He elaborated that being pansexual means being attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bisexual, transsexual, or nonbinary, essentially having the ability to be attracted across the spectrum.
Brady reflected on his attraction to certain men but had pushed those feelings aside due to societal pressures and upbringing, acknowledging the fear and stigma surrounding these emotions. His self-discovery journey led him to realize the importance of self-love while also cherishing his family, particularly his daughter.
The first person Brady came out to was his ex-wife, Mandie Taketa, who responded positively, understanding that this step would make him happier. Their 20-year-old daughter, Maile Brady, expressed acceptance as well, demonstrating a supportive attitude.
Brady, along with Taketa, her partner, Jason Fordham, and their new baby, is filming a reality series about their blended family, with Brady considered a co-parent in this unique dynamic.
The term “pansexual” can be interpreted in various ways, with Brady describing it as being attracted not only physically but emotionally and romantically to individuals of any gender identity.
GLAAD, an LGBTQ+ nonprofit organization, defines pansexuality as someone having the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and emotional attractions to any person, irrespective of gender identity. It is important to note that the exact definition may vary, and those who identify as pansexual may choose to clarify their specific interpretation to avoid confusion. Conversely, a bisexual person may be attracted to people of more than one gender, not necessarily in the same way or to the same degree.
Brady’s openness about his pansexuality contributes to the broader conversation about LGBTQ+ identities and acceptance, highlighting the diversity and complexity of human relationships and experiences.