National Pansexual Pride Day

Dec 08, 2020 | Seattle Pride

On December 8th, we celebrate National Pansexual Pride Day and the strides taken by the pansexual and panromantic community to be accepted and understood. Here’s a quick timeline:

1914 - The term first appeared as ‘pansexualism,’ and was theorized as sex being “the motivator of all things.”

1970’s - The definition was changed and used to describe a sexual orientation after people began using the term as an identity.

1974 - The New York Times published an article mentioning the term, which launched pansexuality forward and raised awareness.

1990’s – The term ‘sexual fluidity’ was coined and used through the queer community as a way to better understand pansexuality.

2010 - The pansexual flag appeared on the internet in the colors pink, yellow and blue. Its purpose was to represent trans, intersex, agender, bigender, third Gender, nonbinary and fluid orientations.

2018 – Singer/actress Janelle Monae publicly identified as pansexual which led the word to be one of the most searched terms of the year.

Today, many pansexual people refer to themselves as “gender blind” when it comes to their romantic or sexual attraction to others, and is defined as “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender or gender identity.”

The term has become more visible in recent years through pop culture as celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Amandla Stenberg have identified as pansexual.

Pansexuality has allowed the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond to push how we view gender, sexuality and romanticism and continues to create a more open and accepting space for everyone to explore their own identities – something we can all celebrate!