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8 Things Pansexuals Want You To Know

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Pansexuality is a term which has attracted a lot of interest during recent years. Many people tend to think that pansexuality is the same as bisexuality, but it’s not.

Pansexual is someone that is emotionally and/or sexually attracted to people regardless of gender or sex.

There are many celebrities that have opened about pansexuality. For example, famous American singer and actress Janelle Monáe said:

“Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker.”

Miley Cyrus also opened up about being pansexual. She said: “Who I’m with has nothing to do with sex. I’m super-open, pansexual, that’s just me.”

So, here are 8 things pansexuals want you to know, and trust me, it is less confusing than you may think.

1. Pansexuality is different from bisexuality.

The term ‘pan’ means ‘all’ in the Greek language. So, a pansexual individual is not bisexual but allsexual. This means that they can get romantically or sexually attracted to a woman, man, or a transgender person.

2. Pansexualty is a real thing.

There are many misconceptions and stereotypes about this sexual identity. The most common one is that it’s not ‘real.’ But, this is not true. Pansexuality does exist. And if a person’s pansexuality isn’t acknowledged by others, it can make it difficult for them to live their authentic lives.

3. Pansexuals are not promiscuous.

Pansexual individuals may be emotionally and/or sexually attracted to all types of people, but this doesn’t mean they’ll have intercourse with anyone. In fact, they can be quite picky about choosing their partner.

4. Oftentimes, individuals that once identified themselves as bisexuals later become pansexuals. As is the case with Janelle Monáe and Miley Cyrus.

5. Pansexuls want to be in a relationship too.

Rena McDaniel, a Gender and Certified Sex Therapist, says: “One of the ways society shames those who are attracted to more than one gender is to say that they are ‘greedy’ or a ‘commitment-phobe.’ However, no one says this about heterosexual folks who also have about half the population of the world to choose from.”

6. Youth population is more likely to identify as pansexual than older people. The latter are more likely to use the term bisexual.

7. Gender has nothing to do with pansexuality.

We often confuse sexual identity with gender identity. But, these two aren’t the same. Pansexuality is a term that indicates a person’s sexual orientation, i.e. who they’re attracted to, and not their gender.

8. The term pansexuality is relatively new.

Although pansexual individuals have been around for years, most of us are just beginning to acknowledge the term pansexuality and learn what it means.