The 37 year-old British lawmaker told PinkNews on Thursday that she was “surprised” to find herself attracted to women, but claimed she was not comfortable with being labelled “bisexual” or “gay.” Instead, Moran would prefer to be identified as “pansexual,” as it refers to the idea of love for a person for who they are rather than their gender.
Lib Dem MP @LaylaMoran comes out as pansexual ?
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) January 3, 2020
The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, who was first elected to parliament in 2017, revealed she was in a relationship with former Lib Dem press officer Rosy Cobb.
She hit out at critics of her new relationship, who suggested it could have a detrimental effect on her political career, and branded Parliament as a “weird and backward” place when it came to attitudes towards LGBT+ people.
Moran’s admission provoked widespread reaction on social media, with many questioning why it even made the news as it should be treated as a private matter.
One person tweeted“I’ve just googled pansexual and I still don’t care,” while another condemned those that suggested it would affect Moran’s ability to do her job as an MP.
There were also an array of light-hearted memes, poking fun at the term “pansexual.”