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Pansexuality is the sexual attraction toward people regardless of their sex or gender identity.[1] Since gender or sex are not determining factors in who a pansexual person is attracted to, some pansexuals might call themselves gender-blind, therefore rejecting the gender binary.[2]

Etymology

The term "pansexual" is derived from the Greek prefix pan-, meaning "all" or "every".[3]

Community

Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day is internationally celebrated on May 24.[4]

History

Document the community's most important history, including facts such as key events, breakthroughs in improving the community's wellbeing and rights, or historical figures known to belong to the community.

Flag

The pansexual flag, designed by Jasper V in 2010.

The most commonly used pansexual pride flag was designed by Jasper V in 2010.[5][6] It consists of three horizontal stripes: a magenta stripe at the top, a strong gold yellow stripe in the center, and a light cerulean stripe at the bottom.[7]

Jasper V stated on their Twitter that the pride flag's meanings were intended as follows: "Pink and blue, because of their gendered traditions, and yellow, a generally non-gendered colour, to represent nonbinary folks etc."[8] The meaning of the colors, however, is debated. Some say that the pink stands for attraction to women, yellow for attraction to non-binary or gender non-conforming individuals, and blue for attraction to men.[9][10][11] Others say that the blue, pink, and yellow stand for those who identify as men, women, and non-binary people, respectively.[12][13][14]

An alternative pansexual flag, designed by Jesse (@gunslinger) in 2020.

After some conflict generated by opinions of the original flag creator, several new flags have been proposed and are in use by sections of the community. One example of an alternative flag was designed by Jesse (@gunslinger) on Twitter in 2020. Green represents sense of belonging, yellow represents attraction regardless of gender identity, and orange represents gender empowerment.[15] They stated that they chose to design a new flag as a way to separate himself (and others in the pansexual community) from Jasper V's beliefs; he particularly disagreed with their support of bi-lesbians.[16]

Distinction

Omnisexuality

Though very similar in the sense that both sexualities are attracted to all genders, the main difference is that pansexual people are often referred to as gender-blind, meaning they are attracted to people regardless of gender, whereas omnisexual people do recognize the gender of those they are interested in, therefore letting it play a part in their attraction.[17]

Bisexuality

Bisexuality, due to the prefix bi-, is the sexual attraction to two or more genders. Pansexuality, however, composed with the prefix pan-, is the sexual attraction to all people, regardless of gender. Pansexual and bisexual identities have nuanced differences, and someone who is attracted to all genders may still identify as bisexual, as labels all come down to personal preference.[18]

Polysexuality

Though attracted to several genders, polysexual people do not necessarily experience attraction to all genders. Pansexual people, however, do. Another notable difference between the two identities is that gender and/or sex often does play a significant role when it comes to a polysexual person's attraction.[19]

Perceptions and Discrimination

People may wrongly accuse pansexual people that they "just can't make up their mind about their sexuality." This is harmful, as it invalidates a pansexual person's feelings and experiences.[20]

There are also the assumptions people make about a person's sexuality based on the relationship they are currently in. If a pansexual man is dating a woman, people might assume he is straight. This is, however, not the case. These are also common assumptions when it comes to bisexuality and/or polysexuality.[20]

Media

Television

  • David Rose in Schitt's Creek
  • Harper Bettencourt from iCarly (2021)
  • Josie Saltzman from Legacies
  • Isaac Vega from Tom Swift

Comic Books

Music

  • Angel Haze
  • Brendon Urie
  • Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier (Christine and the Queens)
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Miley Cyrus
  • YUNGBLUD
  • Ashnikko
  • Dove Cameron[21]

Video Games

Public figures

  • Alicia Sixtos
  • Asia Kate Dillon
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Courtney Act
  • Erika Ishii
  • Jazz Jennings
  • Madison Bailey
  • Tess Holliday

References

  1. Human Rights Campaign: "Glossary of Terms". hrc.org.
  2. Admin Silverchip: "What it Means to be Pansexual or Panromantic" (2019-05-21). lgbt.foundation.
  3. "Definition of Pan-". merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster.
  4. "5 things you should know on Pansexual Visibility Day". lgbt.foundation. LGBT Foundation.
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20110824012318/http://pansexualflag.tumblr.com/post/1265215452/hex-color-codes-you-dont-have-to-use-these-exact
  6. https://twitter.com/shrikeabyssals/status/1161261235863793664?s=20&t=jpxKczjc8JtBEN995SuHmA
  7. https://twitter.com/shrikeabyssals/status/1161260934045810688?s=20&t=jpxKczjc8JtBEN995SuHmA
  8. https://twitter.com/shrikeabyssals/status/1161261077331681281?s=20&t=jpxKczjc8JtBEN995SuHmA
  9. "What do all the different Pride flags stand for?". gaytimes.co.uk. Gay Times.
  10. "A field guide to Pride flags". web.archive.org. Clare Bayley.
  11. "LGBTQ Pride flags go beyond the classic rainbow. Here's what each one means". eu.usatoday.com. USA TODAY.
  12. "A Storied Glossary of Iconic LGBT Flags and Symbols". mashable.com. Mashable.
  13. "Want to know more about the rainbow colors? Here's a guide to Pride flag symbolism". ktvu.com. KTVU FOX 2.
  14. "Mashable publishes an up-to-date compilation of LGBT flags and symbols". glaad.org. GLAAD.
  15. https://twitter.com/gunslinqer/status/1276573542017118209
  16. https://twitter.com/gunslinqer/status/1276191068334239746?s=20&t=PQNjCg-HX5UidOh2IgRHzA
  17. "What Is Omnisexual?". webmd.com. WebMD.
  18. Bisexual Resource Center: "What is Bisexuality?". biresource.org.
  19. "What is the difference between bisexual and terms like pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, ambisexual, and fluid?". bi.org.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "What Does It Mean to Be Polysexual? here is How Experts Explain This Sexual Identity". health.com.
  21. Mikael Wood: "How Disney star Dove Cameron Became the 'Bad Girl Next Door' and her queer anthem" (6-24-2022). latimes.com.
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