What it means to be pansexual
The term “pansexual” has been getting a lot of recognition lately since celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Janelle Monàe opened up about being pansexual. But if you’re still wondering what pansexuality is, here’s more about it.
It’s not bisexuality
Pansexuality is often mistakenly called bisexuality, but they are actually not the same. The difference between the two can easily be mistaken because they may seem similar. For example, being bisexual means that you’re attracted to more than one gender - females or male, while being pansexual means that you’re attracted to any gender - male, female, transgender etc. When you’re pansexual a person’s gender doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t mean you’re sleeping around
Many people think that someone who is pansexual sleeps around or is unfaithful. But the truth is, pansexuality is not about sex, but rather about making meaningful connections with people regardless of their gender.
You can be attracted to any gender
Although gender isn’t the deciding factor that determines attraction in the pansexual community, people often assume that being pansexual means you’re attracted to everyone which is not the case because just like everyone else, pansexual people also have preferences - whether it’s based on personality or attractiveness.
It’s not the latest trend
Believe it or not Choma, pansexuality has existed for many years and it is not some internet sensation that’s popular amongst young people. It has existed for decades, there simply wasn’t a word to describe it until recently.
Being different is totally fine and how we identify ourselves doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with us, after all that’s what makes us special. This means that each and every one of us has the responsibility to fight for acknowledgement and equality despite our differences, so that we can all be happy, feel represented and have our rights respected at all times.
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