May 24, 2023
Every year on May 24th, we celebrate the Pansexual and Panromantic Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to raising awareness and visibility for the pansexual and panromantic community. It is a time for individuals identifying as pansexual or panromantic to celebrate their identity and for allies to show their support. In this post, we will be exploring what it means to identify as pansexual or panromantic, notable individuals who identify under this umbrella, and ways to be inclusive and supportive of the pan community.
The pansexual and panromantic identities hold a unique and vital place in the spectrum of human connection, love, and attraction. At their core, these identities represent the embodiment of inclusivity, transcending traditional notions of gender boundaries and embracing the diverse ways people experience attraction.
Pansexuality is an orientation where individuals are attracted to others regardless of their gender identity. It highlights the understanding that love and attraction are not confined to binary gender distinctions. Panromanticism, on the other hand, focuses on the emotional aspect of relationships, emphasizing that romantic connections can be formed with people of any gender.
Numerous notable individuals have come forward to identify themselves as pansexual or panromantic, helping to raise awareness and acceptance for these orientations. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and Jazz Jennings have all openly embraced their pansexuality, using their platforms to advocate for love and inclusivity that transcends gender boundaries. Monáe came out as pansexual in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone. In her coming out, she stated, “I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker”. Additionally, singer and songwriter Brendon Urie has expressed his panromantic identity, emphasizing the importance of emotional connections over labels. These public figures, among many others, like Angel Haze, Remy Ma, and Dara Ó Briain, serve as inspiring role models for the pansexual and panromantic community, demonstrating that love and attraction can be experienced in diverse and beautiful ways.
The Pansexual and Panromantic Day of Visibility is a time for individuals identifying under this umbrella to celebrate their identities and for allies to show their support. Understanding and inclusivity of all members within the LGBTQIA+ community is important, especially for those who may feel more marginalized. By educating ourselves, listening and believing those who identify as pansexual or panromantic, using inclusive language, and advocating for equality, we can create a more accepting and supportive community for everyone. Happy Pansexual and Panromantic Day of Visibility!