How can i tell if i am pansexual or not?
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It depends on how you feel and what your attraction is based on. Bisexuals are attracted towards more than one gender, possibly all. They could or could not have a preference towards one gender. Pansexuals are attracted to people regardless of gender, so they cannot have a preference. Pan is actually a subgroup of bi so if you are attracted towards all genders you may choose to identify as pan or bi as you prefer.
You don't have a set amount of boxes to tick to consider yourself pansexual, it's up to what you like.
Do some research into it, look up what it means and find peoples coming out stories to get a feel for what its like to be pansexual.
Do some research into it, I used to identify as a lot of things before finally coming out as pansexual (for example, bisexuality and polysexuality tend to be confused with pansexuality). Simply put, pansexuality is the attraction to all genders, or the ability to be gender-blind in terms of attraction. If you feel as though this term fits you, go ahead, if not, then here are some alternatives which are similar: Bisexuality: the attraction to two genders (eg. Male and female/female and nonbinary, etc). Polysexuality: the attraction to multiple genders, but not all (eg. Male, female and demigirl/bigender, pangender and male, etc). Good luck discovering your identity, I hope this helped!
One way i suggest is just an experiment. Go with calling yourself that label for a while. see iof it works, if not go and find a enw one or do more research also remember that you don't always need a label. you can eb yourself and amke up what being pansexual means to you . you don't need to ticka a ceratin number of boxes . you can define yourself . the most important thing is that you are comfortable and happy . it is alwasy up to you and not anybody else i hope this ahs helped in anyway !
the definition varies but one definition for pansexual is 'not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. ' if that resonates with you then it could be for you. dont get too caught up in labels, and remember that you're allowed to experiment with labels and identities! it can be fun learning more about yourself, you dont need to figure it all out straight away, sexuality is different for everyone. you could identify as pansexual for a while and see how you feel, if it doesnt feel right then maybe its not for you! take it as it comes
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