Pansexual

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A couple kissing in front of a pansexual flag.

Pansexual is an orientation which is sexual attraction to people of all genders, or regardless of gender.[1] There is overlap between pansexual and other mspec labels such as bisexual and omnisexual. All mspec people have the right to choose which label(s) they identify with.

Pansexual people may also be panromantic or they may have a different romantic orientation.

Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness & Visibility Day takes place annually on 24 May.[2] Pan Pride Day is celebrated on 8 December.[3][4]

History[edit]

"Pansexualism" was a word coined by Sigmund Freud, and referred to "the psychological theory that all human activity (mental and physical) is based on sexuality."[5] It is important to know that "pansexual" as an orientation is unrelated to Freud's theory of pansexualism.[6]

The pansexual flag was created by a nonbinary person named Jasper in 2010. Jasper said in a 2018 interview that "Most of my motivation for the flag was making something aesthetically pleasing – before the flag, the only pansexuality symbols in use were variants on the letter P, often combined with gender symbols, which didn't feel like a flag does. The rainbow flag is such a significant part of LGBTQ history that I think it's completely understandable that communities and identities would want to see their own."[7]

Misconceptions[edit]

Some people claim that to be "truly" pansexual, a person has to have no preferences in regards to their attraction. This is disputed by many in the pan community.[8]

Flags and symbols[edit]

Notable pansexual people[edit]

Note: Please only add people who have publicly used the word "pansexual" to describe themselves, and who have not later switched to another label. Please include a source if you add someone!

Fictional pansexual characters[edit]

  • The title character of Barbarella was described as a "pansexual blonde space James Bond" by the comic's writer Leah Williams in 2018.[12]
  • Wade Wilson/Deadpool has been most often described as pansexual (and sometimes omnisexual) by people in lead creative positions for the franchise.[13]
  • Desire, a character in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, has been confirmed to be nonbinary and pansexual by Gaiman himself.[13]
  • Eliza Han, a character debuting in the 2022 one-shot comic Archie & Friends: Summer Lovin’, was described in the official summary as "a bi-racial pansexual teen with a remarkable back story as the brains behind a major corporation".[14]

External resources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. M., Kravitz (4 January 2021). "Definitions of Pansexuality to Avoid". Medium. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  2. "May 24 is Pan Awareness Day". 21 May 2021.
  3. "Pan Pride Day". Washington State LGBTQ Commission. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  4. "How You Can Celebrate Pansexual Pride Day". Gayety. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  5. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pansexualism
  6. Jakubowski, Kaylee (12 November 2014). "Pansexuality 101: It's More Than 'Just Another Letter'". Everyday Feminism. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  7. "Interview: Creator of the Pan Flag". 2018. Archived from the original on 7 March 2021.
  8. Kory (9 October 2022). "Panphobia in Bisexual Nonfiction". Medium. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  9. Duffy, Nick (2 January 2020). "Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran comes out as pansexual: 'Pan is about the person, not the gender'". PinkNews. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  10. Young, Sarah (23 July 2019). "Bella Thorne comes out as pansexual in new interview". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  11. "TikTok's pansexual COO Vanessa Pappas has come out as non-binary". Queer Insider. 8 February 2023. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  12. Williams, Leah [@mymonsterischic] (9 November 2018). "I am having a RIDICULOUS amount of fun writing the pansexual blonde space James Bond. pls pre-order this and have ridiculous fun with me!! the flirting starts in issue 1 bc it genuinely felt authentic to their characters" – via Twitter.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kory (30 August 2022). "Pansexuals in Comics". Medium. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  14. Schlesinger, Alex (4 May 2022). "Archie Introduces New Bi-Racial, Pansexual Character This Pride Month". ScreenRant. Retrieved 9 November 2022.