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Wayne Brady kindly asks you to keep the “eggplants” out of his DMs

Just over half a year has passed since Wayne Brady came out, and this pansexual king is clearly living his best life. On the red carpet for the 2024 GLAAD Media Awards, Brady spoke on what his life has been like since coming out, what hosting the awards means to him, and the onslaught of “shocking” DMs he’s received.

Beaming in a yellow and black suit, you’d almost never guess the kind of filth that worms its way into Brady’s messages. “Yes, my DMs are popping and it’s amazing,” he said in a red carpet interview with E! News. “I’ve never gotten an eggplant in my inbox. It’s shocking.

“Much respect to women. I’m sorry, I know how you feel when a random guy just goes, ‘Hey, I like you so much, I’ma show you my junk.’ Like, no bro, that isn’t necessarily the calling card that I want. But I’m flattered, thank you.”

Thirsty DMs aside, Brady maintained he’s happily single for the moment. But getting to that place of freedom and self-acceptance was a journey. Before he could even come out, he first had to wrap his head around his own sexuality.

“I’m so free, because even educating others about what it means to be a pansexual, I had to educate myself about what it means to be a pansexual,” Brady said. “What’s that journey? You ask yourself, ‘Wait, am I gay? Am I bi? Am I this? Am I attracted to her? To him? This is weird. Is that right?’

“The answer is all the above. I am free to love any-damn-body that I want to. And with that knowledge and that freedom, I feel like an adult now.”

Now that he’s hosting the GLAAD awards, his relationship to the LGBTQ+ community has come full circle. “I get asked to host a lot of things, and so I say no to a lot of things now,” Brady said, listing off his dream to host the Emmys again and, someday, the Oscars. “That’s cool,” he went on, “but those are jobs.

“Hosting something like this, for me, at this point in my life — it’s an act of service. It’s being able to be part of a community. It’s being accepted for who I am by a bunch of people in this room who, the one thing they have in common is they’ve all gone through their own journey. That doesn’t happen everyday. This isn’t show biz. This is deeper than that.”

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