Bisexual or pansexual

Bisexual and pansexual are two terms that have slightly different meanings. We will examine the definitions of bisexual and pansexual, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Bisexual describes someone who is attracted sexually to males and females. The term bisexual is based on the supposition that there are only two genders, either male or female. When the word bisexual was first used in the 1820s, it described a person, animal or plant that had the sexual characteristics of both males and females. The current meaning of bisexual came into use in the 1950s.

Pansexual describes someone who is attracted sexually to all people: male, female, transgender or other people who do not identify their gender in a binary fashion. Pansexual means being sexually attracted to all people, regardless of orientation. Originally, the term pansexual meant the belief that all human actions and experience were somehow related to sexual feelings. The current meaning of pansexual came about much later.


LGBTQ Nation noted that a study in the LGBT Health Journal stated that bisexual men face a higher risk for heart disease than either straight or gay men. (The Windy City Times)

In the essay, titled “Stephanie Beatriz is Bi and Proud as Hell,” Beatriz describes the struggles individuals who identify as bisexual face both outside and within the LGBT community. (People Magazine)

The word “pansexual” recently became a topic of conversation when singer and actress Janelle Monáe opened up about her sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. (The Independent)

As a pansexual person, as well as fancying males, females and others, I feel I experience sexual attraction differently to the average person. (Cosmopolitan Magazine)

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