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Pangender is a gender identity defined as experiencing many or all genders.[1][2] As an identity that is multigender—experiencing or having multiple genders—the number of genders experienced may be unknown or may fluctuate, and they may be experienced one at a time or simultaneously.[2] Pangender falls under the non-binary and transgender umbrella terms.[1]

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Etymology

Pangender derives from the Greek prefix pan-, meaning "all" or "every".[3]

Community

The top part of this section is more general, while the subsections are specific. A wide range of topics can be included here, such as impacts that people who identify as this term have on society, things specific to this identity's community (like ace rings to asexuals), and miscellaneous achievements or contributions by this group that do not fall into the other subsections. If not needed, it can be left blank between the Community heading and History subheading.

History

The first mention of the term pangender dates back to 1992 in the preface to The Flock, a novel by Lynn Wilson about living with a dissociative identity disorder. The book talks about gender non-conformity.[4]

The term “pangender” is still a relatively new one, and entries for the word only started appearing on Gender Wiki back in 2015. Because of this, the pangender community is still rather small.[5]

Flag

The pangender flag

The most known pangender flag was created by Cari Rez Lobo, known as pangendering on Tumblr.[6]

All colors of the flag are very light and bright, because the white color represents broad inclusion; white light has all the different colors in it, much like how pangender has all the genders in it. The yellow represents all genders not related to female and male, the light red color stands for the transition to the genders associated with the male and female binary, and the violet refers to the transition to and combination of female and male.[7]

Distinction

Pansexual

Even though they both contain the prefix "pan," pansexual and pangender are on two completely different spectrums. Pansexual is used to describe someone's sexual orientation, while pangender is used to describe someone's gender identity.[7]

Polygender

Polygender and pangender are essentially one of the same, but the main difference is that pan means “all” whereas poly means “many.” Both terms, however, describe people who are comfortable with various gender identity labels.[8]

Controversy

The pangender/omnigender labels have drawn skepticism from people who question how someone could have or experience "all" genders. The labels are also regarded as problematic by others who note that some genders are intrinsically specific to certain cultures or societies; therefore, if someone is not a member of those societies or cultures, claiming to experience those genders is appropriation. Many prefer the term maxigender to acknowledge that certain genders are linked to specific cultures and societies.[2]

Perceptions and discrimination

This section focuses more on the specific kinds of discrimination and oppression that these people may face. Examples would be mentioning systematic transphobia and non-binary erasure on the page for agender, mentioning rates of mental health issues in this group, etc.

Media

This section should be used to elaborate on the portrayal and representation of this identity in various forms of media, which can include a listing or links to various artists or movies, series, etc. Subheadings like Film, Television, Literature, and Music should be used where appropriate.

Resources

Here you can place useful resources relevant for the described topic.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Holleb, Morgan Lev Edward. The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019. ISBN 9781784506636.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hardell, Ash. The ABC's of LGBT+. Mango Media Inc., 2016. ISBN 9781633534087.
  3. "Definition of Pan-". merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster.
  4. Casey, Joan Frances. The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality. Wilson, Lynn, 4.1, Ballantine Books, 2017. English. ISBN 9780449907320. (web archive)
  5. Collyn Burke: "What it means to be pangender". dailydot.com.
  6. Lobo, Cari Rez: "Possible pangender pride flags" (January 28, 2015). pangendering.tumblr.com.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sophia Melissa Caraballo Piñeiro: "Pangender Definition - What Does Pangender Mean?". cosmopolitan.com.
  8. Naydeline Mejia: "What Is Polygender? Polygender Definition". cosmopolitan.com.
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