(THINK PROGRESS) – No, it’s not a sexual attraction to cooking vessels, nor is it simply some newfangled term the kids are using these days.
Pansexuality, loosely defined as attraction to all genders, is an identity label that a significant portion of the LGBTQ community has adopted in recent years. According to Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey, the number of youth who identify as pansexual has doubled since 2012, with 14 percent of youth respondents embracing the descriptor and 34 percent identifying as bisexual. A similar HRC survey in 2012 reported only 7 percent of individuals identifying as pansexual, while 38 percent identified as bisexual.
The term has also seen a recent surge in visibility from celebrities like Janelle Monae, Miley Cyrus, Angel Haze, Sara Ramirez, Sia, and others who proudly embrace the label and the fluidity it represents.