What does pansexual mean in simple terms?
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Pansexual (also referred to as omnisexual) means that a person is attracted to people of all genders.
Pansexuality is a sexual orientation that does not limit or exclude anyone based on their gender. This includes attraction to those who identify as male, female, both and neither. It’s important to note that pansexual people may be sexually attracted to people of any gender identity, although they are romantically and/or emotionally attracted to those of one particular gender.
How Pansexuality Differs from Bisexuality& Heterosexuality
Pansexuality is defined as gender identity or sexual orientation that is not limited to either male or female genders. A person who identifies as pansexual may identify with any gender, including the absence of gender. It’s a sexual orientation that some people choose to accept and others reject.
Bisexuality is an orientation which refers to a person who has a physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction towards both men and women, but they are not interested in having sex with members of the same sex.
Heterosexuality is an orientation which describes a romantic or sexual preference for people of opposite sex. Researchers have found that heterosexuality can be traced back to as early as the Stone Age. Studies indicate that the majority of people who identify as straight in modern-day society also identify with gender norms and cultural attributes that are commonly associated with masculinity.
Pansexuality is the attraction, romantic or sexual, to people regardless of their biological sex or gender identity. It is a term that was first coined in the 90s and now it has made its way into the public lexicon.
I should note that while pansexuality has been around for a long time, it has only recently gained popularity in society. This could be because of recent events such as President Trump’s tweets on transgenders and North Carolina’s HB2 law which bans transgenders from using bathrooms according to their self-identified gender (not biological sex).