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Today, May 24th, is Pansexuality and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day. But what does that mean exactly and why is it important?
Well, we celebrate this day to recognize those who identify as pansexual or panromantic and at the same time, to educate and create awareness among the community. Here are some things that we should know about this special day:
- Pansexuality’s prefix pan is from the Ancient Greek πᾶν (pan) which means “all, every.”
- According to WebMD, “pansexuality is the romantic, emotional, and/or sexual attraction to people regardless of their gender.” Further, they explained, “Like everyone else, pansexual people may be attracted to some people and not others, but the gender of the person does not matter. People of any gender identity can and do identify as pansexual.”
- Pansexuality is also sometimes known as omnisexuality but reportedly there’s a bit of a difference in that those who identify as omnisexual “can be attracted to people of any gender but find that gender is still a factor in their attraction.”
- According to Justin R. Garcia—assistant professor of gender studies and research scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University—the term “pansexual” was derived from “pansexualism.” The latter was a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914 to “describe the view that most human behavior derived from sexual instincts.” Read more here.
- How is bisexuality different from pansexuality? Although both terms are used to describe sexual orientation, the former refers to “an attraction to more than one gender” while the latter is defined as “attraction regardless of gender.” Read more here.
- Among the many famous people who are out pansexuals are: Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, JoJo Siwa, Bella Thorne, Brendon Urie, Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, and Jazz Jennings to name a few. Click here for the complete list.
Happy Pansexual Visibility Day, guys!