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Who are pansexual people really? Hint: they are not bisexual

Who are pansexual people really? Hint: they are not bisexual

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Anna RusakAnna Rusak,14.12.2023 12:00

December marks Pansexuality and Panromanticism Week. Who are pansexual people, and how does their sexual orientation differ from bisexuality? In this article, we compiled everything you should know about this part of the LGBTQ+ community.

December is a very important time for pansexual people. At the beginning of the month, we celebrated Pansexuality and Panromanticism Week. Apart from that, there was also the so-called Pansexual Pride Day.

If you don't yet know what pansexuality and panromanticism are, you can find all the information you need in this article. How do they differ from bisexuality?

Who are pansexual and panromantic people?

Pansexual people form sexual, and sometimes romantic, relationships regardless of the sex or gender identity of the people they are involved with. The prefix "pan-" means "everyone". So, in the simplest terms, it is irrelevant to them whether someone is transgender, non-binary, or identifies as a woman or a man. A pansexual person loves a person, not their gender or gender identity. Pansexuality, therefore, is a psychosexual orientation.

Panromanticism, on the other hand, refers primarily to the area of feelings. It is feeling romantically attracted to other people regardless of their gender or gender identity.

How is pansexuality different from bisexuality?

It's important to understand that pansexual and bisexual are not the same. Bisexual people are those who form romantic or sexual relationships with men and/or women, whereas pansexual people are not limited to these gender identities and can form relationships with any person, regardless of their identity.

It's also important to note that being pansexual doesn't mean that someone is undecided about their sexual orientation. No sexual identity should be considered a whim. Just because someone can relate to a transgender person, female or male, doesn't mean they don't know what they want. It means that they love the person for who they are, not their gender or identity.

Pansexual people you may know

It's worth noting that several well-known people identify themselves as pansexual, including singer Miley Cyrus, actress Kristen Stewart, and model Cara Delevingne, who speaks candidly about sex and sexuality in her new documentary "Sex Planet."

Keep in mind that sexual identity is a fluid concept, and you don't have to define yourself in any particular way. However, it's important not to perpetuate stereotypes about pansexuality. If any of your friends or family members are unfamiliar with pansexuality, direct them to resources such as LGBTQ+ organisations like Love Does Not Exclude (Polish: Miłość nie wyklucza) or the Campaign Against Homophobia (Polish: Kampania przeciw homofobii). These sources can provide more information on the topic.

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