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Pansexual Characters In Fiction

Updated May 31, 2018 51.0k views15 items

While the breadth of inclusivity and the depiction of diversity in media has improved, many would agree things are far from perfect. Several sizable groups of humanity are still vastly underrepresented. Genderfluid characters and pansexual characters in fiction are a rarity. They are sorely missing from all types of popular media, and even when they are included, it can often feel like queerbaiting or an afterthought as opposed to a calculated character decision.

LGBTQ+ representation in media has moved forward leaps and bounds, but most characters fall into the neat boxes of gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Pansexuality is a distinct identity that is often misunderstood, and while genderfluid celebrities and famous bisexual people have helped dispel the notion that the two sexualities are interchangeable terms, more mainstream representation would probably assist in eradicating misrepresentation.

Many struggle to understand the difference between pansexuality and bisexuality. GLAAD defines bisexuality as "being attracted to more than one gender," whereas pansexual means "being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender." Put simply, pansexual people don’t consider their partner’s, or partners’, biological sex or gender identity as important factors in determining their sexual attraction. It isn’t about being attracted to boys or girls or boys and girls; it's about fluidity, non-binary sexuality, and being open to – or outright preferring – trans, genderfluid, or genderqueer partners.