Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco came out as pansexual. Here’s what that means.

Musician Brendon Urie isn't too concerned with a person's gender when it comes to his sexuality.

People across the spectrum float his boat, the Panic! At the Disco frontman recently explained. And the revelation is shedding much needed light on an often overlooked group among the LGBTQ community.

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"I guess this is me coming out as pansexual," the 31-year-old said.

"I'm married to a woman, and I'm very much in love with her, but I'm not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person," Urie explained, just days after having launched a $1 million effort to support queer kids in schools. "Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart's in the right place. I'm definitely attracted to men."

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If you're a bit fuzzy on what pansexuality is and isn't, that's OK! Now's a great time to learn. The term's made headlines recently as high-profile stars like Miley Cyrus and Janelle Monáe have come out publicly as identifying as pansexual, but there's still quite a bit of confusion surrounding the label and what it means exactly.

Leading LGBTQ rights group GLAAD defines pansexuality as being "attracted to people of all genders."

As more of us view gender and sexuality as spectrums — as opposed to rigid binaries or defined categories — the term describes those whose sexual orientation is more fluid and encompassing of all people, regardless of how a person identifies.

Or, as Urie put it simply, "It's just people that I am attracted to."

There's certainly overlap in bisexuality and pansexuality orientations, advocates note. But pansexuality emphasizes an openness to others outside the gender binary, including trans and non-binary people. Really, these identities — similar to gay or lesbian labels — are about empowering people to identify and be seen as their truest selves.

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As we can continue to understand more about gender and sexuality, it's important people like Urie speak their truth in the spotlight. Labels may be used to box people in, but labels can also help people find themselves and connect to their community. That makes a big difference.

Congrats, Brendon, and welcome to the family! 🌈

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Wil Wheaton speaking to an audience at 2019 Wondercon.

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As someone with his feet in both worlds, actor Wil Wheaton weighed in on that question and offered a refreshingly reasonable perspective.

A reader who goes by @avinlander asked Wheaton on Tumblr:

"Question: I have more of an opinion question for you. When fans of things hear about misconduct happening on sets/behind-the-scenes are they allowed to still enjoy the thing? Or should it be boycotted completely? Example: I've been a major fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since I was a teenager and it was currently airing. I really nerded out on it and when I lost my Dad at age 16 'The Body' episode had me in such cathartic tears. Now we know about Joss Whedon. I haven't rewatched a single episode since his behavior came to light. As a fan, do I respectfully have to just box that away? Is it disrespectful of the actors that went through it to knowingly keep watching?"

And Wheaton offered this response, which he shared on Facebook:

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."