What Does Pansexual Mean?

by | Mar 16 2021 | LGBT Acronyms

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At LGBT Lawyers, our team is passionate about spreading the LGBT message to as many people as possible. Our drive as a company is to make sure everyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ is aware of their legal rights and the legal issues they could encounter. 

Our latest creative initiative takes a look at all of the acronyms that come under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. We’ll take a look at each identity and sexuality under the rainbow, and how each one is individually affected by the law.

This blog takes a look at pansexuality. We will be asking the question: what does pansexual mean?

What does pansexual mean?

Pansexuality is when a person is sexually, romantically and emotionally attracted to someone,  regardless of their sex, sexuality, gender or gender identity.

For example, a pansexual person could be attracted to someone who is female, male, transgender or non-binary (among others). Furthermore, pansexuality isn’t limited to any one sexuality or gender identity. It is a sexual orientation that is completely open. 

 Pansexuality’s associated terms are polysexual or heteroflexible.

what does pansexual mean in relation to bisexual?

Pansexuality is often confused with bisexuality. Although it’s an easy mistake to make, be careful, as they are quite different things.

Generally (although not exclusively) bisexuality refers to a person who has an emotional or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.

However, panseuxality is when a person’s choice of sexual partner is not limited by any particular sex, gender or gender identity. 

 did you know…
  • Pansexuality is a sexual orientation as opposed to a form of gender identity.
  • In the UK, only 4 per cent of people report identifying as pansexual (although the number of people who are actually pansexual is estimated to be much higher).
  • Pansexuality is a relatively new term and is predominantly popular among younger people.
  • According to Gov.co.uk’s National LGBT Survey, pansexual people have the lowest life satisfaction scores compared to other members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

what does pansexual mean in relation to the law?


Pansexual people come under a “non-traditional” category of sexual orientation, similarly to bisexuals and asexuals. Because of this, pansexual people can find themselves misidentified by family, friends and often employers and colleagues.

In the workplace, disclosing your pansexuality to your employer can seem unnecessary or a bit intimidating. Whilst it’s not a necessity, being open and informative about your sexuality might help to avoid issues down the line.

Your employer and colleagues should never subject you to harassment or any form of discrimination because of your sexual orientation.


Because pansexual people are not limited to one scope of sexual orientation, a pansexual person could find themselves in a relationship with someone who is transgender, lesbian or non-binary (to name but a few).

This means that a pansexual person’s way of having children, getting married or living with a partner can vary greatly. Depending on who a pansexual person chooses to be with, they could find themselves adopting, cohabiting, co-parenting or using a surrogate, amongst many others.

These “non-traditional” family options are hugely popular for all LGBT people. However, each one comes with its own complexities and individual legal aspects.

If you are pansexual and are considering getting married or starting a family, it will definitely be beneficial to do some research before you make any commitments. 

the possibility of intestacy

Like so many LGBT couples, the risk of intestacy can affect the pansexual community. Intestacy is the legal definition for the state in which someone dies if they don’t have a will.

If you are unmarried, your estate will not automatically go to your partner. The laws of intestacy mean that an unmarried person’s estate will automatically go to any blood relatives. This is why it’s crucial to have a will and make sure that your partner is mentioned in it. It’s just a way of making sure they are secure when you pass away.

Unfortunately, your partner won’t inherit from you automatically unless this is specified in your will.

Pansexual and Panromantic Day of Awareness and Visibility is on the 24th of May in the UK. 

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