May 24 is Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness & Visibility Day — a day for our community to uplift and celebrate those who identify as pan!

“The word pansexuality originally comes from Greek ‘pan’ meaning ‘all.’ Pan people aren’t attracted to all other people, but they are attracted to people of all genders. This is different from being attracted to everyone: Pansexual people will experience attraction to specific people and not others.

Pan people’s sexuality can often be erased when they are assumed to be either gay or straight, or when their pan identity isn’t taken seriously, so it’s essential to make sure that we uplift the voices of pan people.

Being pan can mean different things to those who use it. For some, it describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender, or no gender, though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.

Some people use pansexual as the sole term to describe their sexuality, while others use pan in addition to other words. It is also often considered part of the overall bisexual+ community and can be used alongside a number of other terms in this family such as bi, queer or fluid.”

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