Pan & Bi: A Handy Guide
There’s room for everyone attracted to more than one gender under the bi+ umbrella, no matter what label(s) you do or don’t use. Bi, pan, queer, and fluid people, and more, have always been integral influencers in the movement to advance our community’s well-being.
With celebrity advocates like Janelle Monae, Asia Kate Dillon, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Sara Ramirez; viral social media campaigns like #BiWeek and Bisexual Health Awareness Month; and history-makers like Assemblywoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Senator Kyrsten Sinema shaping the media; people nationwide are learning and talking more about the bisexual+ community than ever before.
Let this page be a resource to you and your friends to help simplify what exactly it means to be part of this wonderful and diverse community.
Attraction to more than one gender. This attraction could be physical, romantic, and/or emotional.
Bisexual people may experience different kinds of attraction to different genders, and their attractions may change over time.
Attraction to all genders and/or regardless of gender. This attraction could be physical, romantic, and/or emotional.
Pansexual and bisexual are identities that overlap and have nuanced differences, and someone who is attracted to all genders or regardless of gender might also identify as bisexual.
An umbrella term that includes all people who experience any kind of attraction to more than one gender
- Bisexual+ people may use more than one label–such as bisexual, queer, pansexual, etc.–to describe themselves.
- People of all sexes and genders–including transgender people, non-binary people, agender people, and more–make up the bisexual+ community, and are included in who bisexual+ people have the capacity to love.
- Labels can be helpful for finding community, organizing in solidarity, gaining visibility, and accessing resources, but even more important than labels are our expansive community’s shared experiences, struggles, and triumphs.
- Bisexual+ people make up the majority of the LGBTQ community, but receive minimal funding and resources to overcome the especially high hurdles bi+ people face. At the Bisexual Resource Center, we’re working to close these gaps so people of all genders and orientations are celebrated.