is a term that has been growing in recent years as a way for people to
better identify their sexual identity. The word Pansexual is derived
from the Greek prefix pan, meaning "all". The term is reflective of
those who feel they are sexually/emotionally/spiritually capable of
falling in love with all genders.
Definition: Pansexuals have the capability of attraction to others regardless of their gender identity or biological sex. A pansexual could be open to someone who is male, female, transgender, intersex, or agendered/genderqueer.
Do Pansexuals like everyone?
Pansexual identified people have the physical/emotional/spiritual capability of falling in love or being with someone regardless of their gender. This doesn't mean they like everyone, and some Pansexuals do have physical preferences. The identity is used merely to express the openness and fluidity to people of all genders.
How is Pansexuality different from Polysexuality?
Pan means "all" while Poly means "many" and so there are some similar
overlaps, a Polysexual may be attracted to some gender variant people
but not have the capability or desire to be with some others. Pansexuals
are open to any person regardless of their gender or sex.
DifferenceBetween.Net states that these differences are :
Bisexual people are attracted sexually and romantically to both males and females, and are capable of engaging in sensual relationships with either sex. Despite being able to form meaningful, lasting relationships with both sexes, bisexual individuals may, to a small or large degree, have a preference for one sex over the other.
Similarly, pansexual people may be sexually attracted to individuals
who identify as male or female; however, they may also be attracted to
those who identify as intersex, third-gender, androgynous, transsexual,
or the many other sexual and gender identities.
The latter distinction
is what draws the line between pansexuality and bisexuality. People who
self-identify as pansexual do so with purpose, to express that they are
able to be attracted to various gender and sexual identities, whether
they fall within the gender binary or not.
Recognition of the existence
of different genders and sexualities is a major aspect of pansexual
identity. Pansexual people are bisexual, in-fact; however, bisexuality
does not place the same emphasis on sexual and gender identity
awareness, but more simply indicates attraction to the two (generally
accepted) biological sexes.
The differences between the two sexual identities are undermined by the fact that some people who consider themselves pansexual identify themselves as bisexual out of convenience, as it’s a more widely known sexual identity. In addition, some people who consider themselves bisexual may be open to dating someone who falls outside the gender binary.
Self-perception, rather than objective sexuality, determines which
sexual identity an individual chooses to embrace. Simply being attracted
to both biological sexes does not mean one considers oneself bisexual.
In fact, many people at one time or another will have some romantic or
sexual experience or feelings toward each sex, though, most would not
embrace the bisexual label. Similarly, being attracted to people who
embrace varied identities does not mean that individual will identify as
There are few organizations which are geared solely for those who identify as pansexual, and many bisexual organizations include alternative identities such as: pansexual, omnisexual, multisexual, and other non-monosexualities, so representation and visibility likely also play a part in how people choose to self-identify.
There is some controversy over the two labels, as some in the bisexual community feel as though the pansexual label is a form of bisexual erasure and that the bisexual identity is already inclusive of those who have an attraction to those who fall anywhere along the gender continuum and outside of it.
There is a feeling that pansexual people are simply avoiding the bisexual label due to the stigmas associated with it (that bisexual people are simply greedy and promiscuous, and spread disease among both the heterosexual and homosexual communities). Conversely, many in the pansexual community feel as though these beliefs are forms of prejudice and pansexual erasure.
Not only those who identify as biologically male or female identify as bisexual, the gender identities of people who use and feel comfortable with this label vary.
The pansexual label; however, is more
accommodating for those, regardless of their own gender identity, who
sometimes do not fit neatly into the male or female genders, for
example, when people who are engaged in a homosexual or heterosexual
relationship and their partner transitions from male-to-female or
female-to-male. Although, some choose to take on change their sexual
identity according to the gender to which their partner has
transitioned, an increasing number have chosen to self-label as
pansexual, queer, or one of the other non-monosexual identities.
The pansexual identity is much more accommodating to the coupling of individuals who embrace various sexual and gender identities.
Many people strongly identify as either bisexual or pansexual, and
never use the labels interchangeably. Each community is represented by
its own flag, set of colors, and general ideologies.
The bisexual pride
flag is striped with the colors royal blue, magenta, and lavender,
representing same gender attraction, opposite gender attraction, and
attraction to both genders, respectively.
The pan-sexual flag is striped with the rose, blue, and gold, representing the female gender, male gender, and third-gender, respectively. The third-gender includes those who are intersex, genderqueer, transsexual, androgynous, and other who identify as being both genders.