Things you should know about Pan Visibility Day
Pan Visibility Day is on May 24th each year and it aims to celebrate and recognise those who identify as pansexual both within our organisation and amongst the wider community. Pan visibility day is an opportunity to raise awareness, do some myth busting and improve inclusivity for pansexual people.
To help you do that, here are a few things you should know:
The word pansexuality originally comes from Greek. Pan means ‘all’, and relates to the word panorama. It is important to note that pansexual people are not attracted to all other people, but they are attracted to people of all genders. This is different from being attracted to everyone; in the same way that a heterosexual woman will not be attracted to all men and a lesbian woman will not be attracted to all women, pansexual people will experience attraction to specific people.
Pansexuality is different from bisexuality but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Being bisexual means being attracted to more than one gender, while being pansexual means being attracted to people regardless of gender. Pansexuality and bisexuality are not in conflict. In fact, some bisexual people also identify as pansexual, and vice versa. Pansexuality covers anyone who experiences sexual or romantic attraction to more than one gender.
Being pansexual is just one part of who someone is. A pansexual person may also be; trans, have a disability, person of colour, religious or all four. Pansexual people are across all age groups, each have different interests, needs and aspirations. On pansexual visibility day it is important to remember that we’re celebrating people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
You may be surprised how many people are pansexual! Recently, Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual, saying ‘I’m open to learning more about who I am’. Other notable pansexual people include Miley Cyrus, Brendan Urie Jennings, Angel Haze, Laci Green and Green Day Singer, Billy Joe Armstrong.
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