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Pansexuality and panromanticism is a newer, more misunderstood orientation. With much infighting in the pansexual community and vilification from outside, it's important to learn and understand this orientation.

Pansexuality

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Pansexuality is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.

Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, it is often considered a more inclusive term than bisexual. To what extent the term bisexual is inclusive when compared with the term pansexual is debated within the LGBT community, especially the bisexual community.

Pansexuality (attracted to all, disregard to gender), bisexuality (attraction to two or more), omnisexuality (attracted to all and aware but uncaring of gender), and polysexuality (attracted to multiple, but not all) are commonly said to be "the same" or too similar to be worth making different sexualities out of, but it is important to recognize that everyone is different. Something that may be inconsequential to you may be important to someone else; just because you think it's silly doesn't mean it isn't real or valid! Please be respectful.

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