Sadie on The Hop for Visibility, Awareness & Equality ~ with Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Sadie for her contribution to the Hop for Visibility, Awareness & Equality.



Because there’s room for all of us under the umbrella.

When Love Is Love

True story: When I sat down to write this post about pansexuality for, AKA The Hop, the first thing I noticed was the absence of pan representation in the logo. Talk about irony!

So, rather than my planned blurb about straight-passing privilege, I’d like to take the opportunity today just to talk about what pansexuality can be/mean, to name a few pansexual people you may be familiar with, and to dispel a couple popular misconceptions about being pan. Bi-identified folks who are reading this have probably heard more than their fair share of that last category, unfortunately.

What is pansexuality?

To put it extremely simply: personality, not parts. Someone who refers to themselves as pan is generally not concerned with the genitalia or gender/sexual orientation of a prospective partner, except of course for things like using the correct pronouns.

Personally, I’m married, so I’m not looking at the moment – but if I were, my inner litmus test would go as such: Are you human, of legal age, and freely consenting? Am I attracted to you? Cool, here’s my number.

Who is pansexual?

Lots of people! Just not too many famous ones, or at least, not that are out. Here in the United States, the two most notable pansexual femmes are probably Miley Cyrus – who is genderfluid, she/her – and Jazz Jennings, the trans advocate.

To my knowledge there are no men in the spotlight in America who specifically label as pan, although both Ezra Miller (the actor) and Deaf model Nyle DiMarco have described themselves in ways that could read as pansexual.

Elsewhere, the movie version of the fictional comic anti-hero Deadpool has been called pan by the film’s director, and the completely real British singer Olly Murs recently came out of the pansexual closet as well. Are you, or is anyone in your life, one of us too?

What’s the difference between bi and pan?

The prefix “bi” means two, whereas “pan” means any or all. Thus, a bisexual person is attracted to people of two (or more) genders, while someone who is pansexual experiences attraction regardless of gender.

For example, a bisexual woman might be attracted to cis women and trans men, but not to cis men; her pansexual sibling, on the other hand, could possibly be attracted to all of those kinds of people, plus those who are intersex, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, or otherwise non-binary. There is quite a lot of overlap between the terms, but “pansexual” is generally thought to be less limiting and to have more room for flexibility/change.

Because both orientations involve attraction to more than one gender, pansexuality is often lumped into the “bi umbrella” – and that’s what I assume happened with the Hop graphic – but we have our own flag (it goes with everything!), pictured above, and our own sense of togetherness within the larger queer community.

Can you be pansexual and have a different romantic orientation?

Of course! Pansexual people can fall anywhere on the (a)romantic spectrum. Just because you are open to being sexually attracted to anyone doesn’t necessarily mean the same is true for emotional attraction or lack thereof.

Being pan means you’re greedy/promiscuous/unfaithful, right?

Wrong. A pansexual person in a relationship is no more or less likely to test the boundaries of that relationship than anyone else. It’s a description of hypothetical attraction, not a license to act inappropriately or hurt people.

If you’re thinking of an individual who has more than one partner at a time (with the knowledge & consent of all involved), that’s called polyamory, and it’s not greedy/promiscuous/unfaithful either.

And you’re not confused?

I’m confused about many things on a daily basis, but not by my own sexuality, no. It’s actually pretty freeing, because if I think a person is cute or whatnot, I just say so. I don’t care what sex, gender, or orientation they are (or aren’t). Neither does my husband, who is also pan; our house is a judgement-free zone when it comes to attraction.


All that said, as someone who is new both new to Prism, and to LGBTQ+ fiction, I’d love any recommendations my fellow readers might have for pansexual authors, and/or authors who write pansexual characters. Be specific if you can, please – there are a ton of titles out there.

Additionally, everyone who leaves a comment of any type on this post will be entered in our giveaway for a $10 gift card to All Romance eBooks, courtesy of Brandilyn.

Big thanks to Cherie Noel and the Hop team for including us in this great event for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and don’t forget to check out the other participant posts this week. As always, happy reading!


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28 thoughts on “Sadie on The Hop for Visibility, Awareness & Equality ~ with Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the post. It was really interesting. I agree completely with the idea behind the concept of pansexuality, the fact that you are attracted to people and not to genders… But I must recognise I get a bit lost when it comes to distinguish between all the sexual labels and newly-coined terms people use lately. It gets to be really consuming sometimes!

  2. Thank you for the informative post! You definitely helped me understand pansexuality better. I don’t think I have read any books where a character specifically identifies as pansexual. Hmmm…

  3. Yes, thanks for the clear description – it pretty much matched my internal description!
    I do not know of pan characters in stories but shall come back to this post to see what suggestions other readers come up with

  4. Great post. I definitely learned more about pansexuality and hopefully we can see more represented in fiction.

  5. Thanks for the post — it is great more about pansexuality; I don’t feel like I understand much — like you said, it was rather confusing when compared to bisexual. I feel like I understand more know. I cannot really help you on books with pan-sexual characters though, so I hope you get others to recommend you with it.

  6. Thank you for the informative post. I didn’t know much about pansexuality and have been picking up a lot of information on the hop.

  7. Thank you for sharing a part of your story! I once told my husband that in the event that he and I were no longer together, be it because he had passed or we had split, I felt that gender of a person would not necessarily be first on my list of qualifiers for whether or not I thought I could have a romantic relationship with them. Not sure where that puts me in the grand scheme of things but there you have it. Love is Love. It really can be that simple!


  8. I appreciate the clear and concise explanation of exactly what pansexuality is. As an ally, it’s important for me to be able to help to educate others and hopefully leave them more tolerant after conversing with those less aware. Too many people think that only three sexualites exist: heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. I enjoy the opportunity to help others learn more about love. I might be a small cog in the wheel, but I like to think I’m leaving the world in a bit better of a place when I walk away from a conversation knowing that the person knows and really understands that love really is just love. It’s really no more complicated than that.

  9. In my later years working with LGBTQ youth, I encountered young people identifying as pan, and I have to admit, it took me some time to wrap my brain around it. This was about 4 years back, and I suspect that even more people in the younger generation feel that pansexuality resonates with how they feel. I think it’s wonderful that Millennials and the generation coming up after them (Gen Z?) are more sexually liberated than us older folks who tended to look at things more narrowly – you’re either gay or straight. Thanks for the enlightening post.

  10. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop this year. It is so important to have lots of views each year.

  11. Thanks for the really informative post. That’s the best explanation of the difference between being bi and pan I’ve ever seen. I wish I had more book reqs for you, but none are coming to mind right now. If I think of any, I will let you know.


  12. It is extremely important for us to talk about all the people under the umbrella, especially in the light of the recent events, so thanks for talking participation in this blog hop!

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