meet regularly in Sheffield city centre to form friendships and socialise amongst a likeminded community.
In 2021-2022, the pansexual community made up 11% of the young people we supported to access safe housing.
We understand that pansexual people are sometimes left out of the conversation, so we would like to take the time to uplift pansexual and panromantic voices not just on this day, but all year round.
Those in the pansexual and panromantic community are attracted to people of all genders. Some pansexual and panromantic people might be gender-blind, meaning that gender is insignificant in determining their attraction.
Some people identify with being pansexual or panromantic rather than bisexual because they feel the word ‘bisexual’ has binary implications.
the pansexual community throughout history:
- The Oxford English Dictionary state that the word pansexual first appeared in 1914 as “pan-sexualism” in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
- In the 1970s, during the height of the sexual revolution, the concept of pansexuality slowly began to enter public consciousness, providing a term to describe the desires that already existed for many people in the decades prior.
- In the book, Bi Any Other Name, published in 1990, the authors Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka’ahumanu state that “pansexual people have been actively involved in the bisexual community since the 1970s.”
- It was in 2010 that the pansexual flag first appeared on the web. The colours of the flag were intended to represent attraction and a gender spectrum, with cyan for attraction to men, pink for attraction to women, and yellow for attraction to non-binary and other gender diverse identities.
- In 2018, “pansexual” became one of the most widely searched terms in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.