Layla Moran, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has revealed that she identifies as pansexual and that she is in a relationship with former Lib Dem press officer Rosy Cobb.
In an interview with the PinkNews website published on Thursday, the 37-year-old who had previously had relationships with men explained that she identifies as pansexual because “it doesn’t matter about the physical attributions of the person you fall in love with, it’s about the person themselves”.
She added: "About six months ago I started a relationship with a woman, and that was quite surprising because before that I’d only ever had boyfriends. It wasn’t really something I had done before or considered before, but sometimes when you meet the right person, it just kind of happens.
"We’re in a really committed, loving, supportive, relationship, and I feel now is the time to talk about it, because as an MP I spend a lot of my time defending our community and talking about our community. I want people to know I am part of our community as well."
Aasked what it was like being LGBT+ and working in parliament, Ms Moran said: "Parliament is a weird, backwards place. I don’t know if there’s any other [MPs] who would identify as pansexual, and not that many who identify as bisexual – there are a few women who are brilliant role models who have come out in their lesbian relationships."
When asked to describe pansexuality to someone who is not familiar with the term. "Pansexuality, to me, means it doesn’t matter about the physical attributions of the person you fall in love with, it’s about the person themselves", she said.
"It doesn’t if they’re a man or a woman or gender non-conforming, it doesn’t matter if they identify as gay or not. In the end, these are all things that don’t matter – the thing that matters is the person, and that you love the person."