Pansexual Visibility Day (24 May)
What is pansexuality?
Pansexual visibility day is a day to celebrate and acknowledge those that identify as pansexual. Pansexual derives from the Greek word for “all”, and pansexual people are attracted to people of all genders (not necessarily all people). Pansexual people may have romantic and sexual relationships with people of all gender identities. In other words, pansexual people may be attracted to cisgender, transgender, intersex, and non-binary people. Pansexual people may also refer to themselves as “gender blind” or “omnisexual”. This acknowledges that neither gender nor sex plays a deterministic factor in their romantic and sexual attractions.
A note on pansexuality and bisexuality
Pansexuality is distinct from bisexuality, although often pansexuality does fall under the bisexual umbrella. This is because bisexuality refers to attraction to more than one gender; pansexuality is attraction regardless of gender.
Questions to ask:
- Awareness: Does my organisation and/or LGBT+ network provide awareness-building education and initiatives for pansexual colleagues and gender identities?
- Visibility: Does my organisation and/or LGBT+ network have specific and visible bisexual and pansexual role models and allies?
- Allyship: How are we developing a culture of authentic allyship around pansexual identities?
- Communication: How are we externally signalling our support to the community?
- Data: How are we tracking, measuring, and reviewing our progress around gender identities?
To explore this conversation further, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org.