In the ever-growing initialism for the LGBT+ community, new letters are being added all the time. Ever wondered what the P in LGBTQIP stands for?
Pansexuality is described and identified as a: romantic, sexual and emotional attraction to people of any sex or gender identity.
The Oxford English Dictionary describes pansexuality as:
not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.”
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Pansexual people may describe themselves as gender-blind, meaning that a person’s gender identity isn’t or might not be a deciding factor in their attraction, and some may consider a person’s gender to be irrelevant and may reject the gender binary that exists in society.
Pansexuality shouldn’t be confused with bisexuality, which is the sexual, emotional and romantic attraction to both males and females.
So where did the word come from?
The word pan comes from the Ancient Greek word which means “all, every”. The words Pansexual and pansexualism are thought to have first been used in 1917 – credited to Sigmund Freud who said, “that the sex instinct plays the primary part in all human activity, mental and physical”.
Any famous Pansexuals?
Well, probably the most famous person who described their sexuality as pansexual is Miley Cyrus who came out to her mother as pansexual at the age of 14. During a facebook chat in 2015 with fans Miley opened up about her sexuality saying,
“I never want to label myself! I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am! I am open.
The first ever pansexual day was celebrated on the 8th December 2015, where the hashtag PansexualDay trended for 24 hours.
For more information about pansexuality take a look at http://thepancommunity.tumblr.com/faq
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