Brady also penned an essay about his journey coming to the understanding that he is pansexual, writing:
“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, [transgender], 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.”
Brady continued, “Let’s be really honest: I’ve also been attracted to certain men in my life, but I’ve always pushed that aside because of how I was raised, and because I live in today’s world, and it’s scary as sh*t. What’s the fastest way to hurt another man? I’m gonna call you out of your name. I’m gonna call you gay. I’m gonna emasculate you. I’m gonna use the F-word. I learned that very early from the people around me, they’re like, ‘Oh, so those are bad things? Yeah. You, you don't wanna be that.’ So, what does it mean if I feel something? I don’t think I’m gay, but what if I feel something for another [man]... That’s still gay. I was already bullied about a bunch of other sh*t. I didn’t wanna add a top hat on top of that suit.”
According to Brady, his ex-wife Mandie Taketa and daughter Maile were the first two people he came out to. “I just said, ‘Great.’ As I knew coming out would help him be happier,” Taketa noted. Mailed added, “I just said, ‘Okay.’”
Brady’s coming-out interview with People was also accompanied by a camera crew, as he and his family are currently filming a reality series about having a blended family. The new show is being made for Hulu and is set to premiere in 2024.
Congratulations to Wayne Brady for now officially joining our LGBTQ+ community!