What: Meet other people who identify as pan/bi; happy hour drink specials extended for those attending
When: Friday, October 11
Time: 6-8 pm
Community members have asked for a chance to meet other pan/bi people, so we’re excited to help make this happen! Especially to recognize National Coming Out Day.
Pansexual, Bisexual: What’s the Difference?
If you’re wondering what these terms mean and how they’re different, you’re not alone. Plenty of people find hear these terms and experience confusion. Even people who identify as pan and bi define these terms differently.
According to one dictionary definition:
- pansexual: not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.
- bisexual: sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; attracted to both men and women.
But as deftly covered by this article in Bustle, there’s been a rivalry and a debate about these terms. At times, bisexuality has been construed as transphobic and reinforcing of the gender binary – that is, as defining an attraction to either men or women, but not to genderfluid or transgender individuals.
But bisexual people have resisted this attribution. Many have voiced concern that the backlash against bisexuality serves to further the erasure and misconceptions bisexual people often experience within the LGBTQ world.
Some people define these identities in terms of type and level of attraction – that pansexual reflects the fact that a person’s gender doesn’t figure into attraction at all, or that bisexual people have different amounts of attractions for different genders.
At the end of the day, as with most terms for identities, it’s important to support everyone’s right to use the term they feel fits them best. Let people define the meaning of these identities in their perspective.
And, acknowledge that these terms and labels often overlap, shift, and get redefined. The truth that matters is that each of us deserves to honor and celebrate who we are and who we love.