Today, May 24th, is Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness Visibility Day. First off, it is essential to discuss the two terms because being pan can mean different things to those who use it.
What Does Being Pansexual and Panromantic Mean?
To everyone who identifies as Pansexual or Panromantic, today is for you. Take the time to celebrate your sexuality and know that you are valid and important!
A few more things to know...
The pansexual pride flag was created to differentiate between the bisexuality flag, which also has three horizontal stripes. It was created on the internet sometime around 2010, and has gained popularity since then. You can shop our Pansexual Flag here. The flag's meaning:
Pink: Representing attraction to those who identify as female.
Yellow: Representing attraction to those who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, agender, androgynous, or anyone who doesn’t identify on the male-female binary.
Blue: Representing attraction to those who identify as male.
There is not an official panromantic flag, as many like to use the pansexual flag to represent them. Use whichever flag you feel represents you best!
What about Bisexuality?
There is still some debate between the bisexual, panromantic, and pansexual communities about the difference in meanings of those words. Some people use pansexual or panromantic as the sole term to describe their sexuality. To others, being pansexual or panromantic is often considered part of the overall bisexual+ community. It can be used alongside several other terms in this family, such as “bi,” “queer,” or “fluid.”
Ultimately the language someone uses to identify their sexuality is down to them, and how exactly they define that term will be based on their feelings and perspectives. No matter what your beliefs are, there’s no reason we can’t all celebrate the joy of our identities together. We should respect each individual’s right to define their sexuality how they choose, provided that it doesn’t cause harm to others (Ex. saying things like saying that bisexuality is transphobic or that pansexuality doesn’t exist).
To learn more about the difference between bisexual and pansexual read this post.
At Pride Palace, we continue to encourage people to be proud to be you. We are proud of you for being your most authentic self and are here to support you no matter how you identify. Happy Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day!