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Biromantic is a term used to describe people who are capable of feeling a romantic connection to people of two specific and distinct gender identities.[2] Biromantics want to date and form a romantic connection with more than one gender—including cisgender men, women, and other non-rigid identities like transgender and non-binary people.[3]

Etymology

The name combines "bi" and "romantic". Bi is the Latin prefix for "two" while "romantic" is derived from the French word "romantique". In a literal sense, it means "two romances" or "two romantics".[4]

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History

The term "biromantic" was allegedly coined between 1995 and 2000,[5] though it was not until 2005 that the term was actually used in a news article that was speaking about asexual individuals.[6]

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Distinction

Bisexual

The term "biromantic" is confused with or falsely used in place of bisexuality, even though they are two separate identities. Being biromantic refers to one's romantic orientation, thus dealing with the romantic side of attraction, while bisexuality is a sexual orientation referring to the sexual aspect of attraction.[7]

While a biromantic and bisexual attraction can coincide, it does not have to be the case. Biromantic individuals can but are not always sexually attracted to the genders they are romantically interested in. Similarly, many bisexual people also identify as biromantic, as they find romantic attraction in either of their gendered or non-gendered partners, though this is not an absolute.[8]

Panromantic

Panromantic is another identity that overlaps with biromantic but is different and not entirely the same. Panromantics are people who can experience a romantic attraction to all people, regardless of their gender, whereas the attraction biromantics experience is limited to any two genders.[3]

Polyromantic

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References

  1. Pride-Flags: "Biromantic" (May 9, 2016). deviantart.com.
  2. WebMD Editorial Contributors: "What Does Biromantic Mean?". https://www.webmd.com. (Archived on December 12, 2021).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Laderer, Ashley: "Being biromantic and bisexual aren't the same — here's what it means to be biromantic" (2012-09-24). https://www.insider.com. (Archived on January 14, 2022).
  4. "romantic | Etymology, origin and meaning of romantic by etymonline". https://www.etymonline.com. (Archived on December 1, 2021).
  5. "Biromantic". https://www.dictionary.com. (Archived on December 30, 2021).
  6. "No sex please, I'm not into it" (2005-04-16). https://www.smh.com.au. The Sydney Morning Herald. (Archived on June 30, 2021).
  7. Barnes, Stephanie & Overstreet, Kristie, Ph.D., LPCC, LMHC, CST: "Biromantic: What Does It Mean & How It Relates to Bisexuality" (2021-06-16). https://www.mindbodygreen.com. (Archived on June 20, 2021).
  8. Ferguson, Sian: "How does being biromantic coexist with your sexual orientation?". https://www.healthline.com. Healthline. (Archived on December 3, 2021).
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