I once asked her what she identified as. She proceeded to tell me that while she identified as pansexual, she chose to tell people she was bisexual. At the time, this was a little tough for me to understand. However, over time, I began to understand why she did it.
At the age of 18, I was in a railway station when I saw her
In a sari, decked up.
With flowers in her hair and I felt something.
Attraction? Nothing mild about it.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, pansexuality means to be “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.”
After Lesbian Visibility Day in April, May is filled with important days that remind us of the strength we have in our diversity.
Bisexuality is defined as experiencing sexual attraction to two or more genders. Pansexuality, on the other hand, is an attraction to all genders.
We all have struggles, and because I am a white male from a relatively open culture and family, I hesitate to stake a claim.
Like most sexual identities, this one comes with its own share of trials and tribulations.
For misconceptions to exist, there probably needs to be more awareness about the term in the first place.