I thought Max Powers was joking and had invented the word "pansexual"as a funny way of labeling Chente Portly Gente's replacement - Mary Gonzalez - recently on his blog. However, an El Paso Times report today proves that it's a real term that Gonzales actually uses!
Basically Gonzalez isn't "gay" - she's just not very selective when it comes to sex. Boys, girls, girls dressed as boys,boys dressed as girls and clowns are what she's into. She's a "pansexual" and it's a real thing.
She's claiming to be the first openly gay woman to serve in the Texas Legislature and she's wrong. First of all, she's not gay. She is, as I noted above, not picky. That doesn't qualify as "gay" in any way, by any definition. It's mostly just weird and likely an attempt to draw attention to herself. Being a homosexual requires more than an openness to wrestling naked with the same sex. You have to be committed to the cause.
Second, we all know who else is female and gay in the Texas Legislature. Norma Chavez outed our truly gay local state rep. And - there are others who are gay, but choose not to make it a public thing. The definition of "openly gay" is not something you can easily track down. You can be "openly gay" and not begin every sentence with "As you know, I'm gay." You don't even have to smooch your partner in public to be considered "openly gay" in these modern times. As long as you aren't hiding your sexuality - you're "openly gay." That would mean that even if Gonzalez was actually gay, she wouldn't be the first in the Texas Legislature.
Frankly, I don't want to talk about any politico's sex life. I take that back - Melina Castro's is on the table if she has something she wants to share. Other than that - what does it matter and why should I care?
Everybody has to try and be a "first" these days and it's annoying. Gonzalez should try to be the first person to hold that seat whose first and only priority isn't getting the sopapilla named as the official state dessert. All this talk about her openness to banging everyone is irrelevant. Although, it does makes it easier to get a date in Austin when you're open to taking home any car on the lot.
I will say in closing that if someone told me they were a "pansexual" - I hide the Calphalon and never eat eggs at their house.