Women we love: Layla Moran – the politician helping to put pansexuality on the map
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has announced she is pansexual and in a relationship with a woman.
The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has shared via Twitter that she’s in a relationship with ex-Lib Dem press officer Rosy Cobb, also confirming that she has previously only had relationships with men.
“It’s about the person themselves,” said Ms Moran, speaking to the media about identifying as pansexual. Pansexuality describes those who are attracted to a person regardless of their sex or gender.
Moran is a potential candidate to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK.
“It was really wonderful on the one hand, but also quite surprising for me in how I had identified before…” said Moran, talking about her relationship. “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.”
Moran told the press that her family and friends have been supportive, but some people had suggested being in a same-sex relationship could damage her career.
“They definitely would not have said anything like that had she been a man…” added Moran. “Parliament is a weird, backwards place. There are a few women who are brilliant role models who have come out in their lesbian relationships.”