When asked how queer activist and young star Nico tortilla identified himself, he took a deep breath and replied. "This is a very weighty question."
"In the current [queer] movement, we have a tendency to focus on specific words rather than characters," the 29-year-old actor told rolling stone. "In my mobility, I'm really attracted by this idea. It's not necessarily the same thing."
Bisexuality, Pansexual, sexual mobility, homosexuality and simply "no labeling" - all these are different ways people identify, indicating that they are not completely attracted to men or women.However, the fact is that even members of the LGBTQ community are confused about the meaning of these words, especially in bisexuality.In fact, bisexual groups don't even agree with what bisexuality means.The term "Pansexual Love" was born out of this confusion to create a clear and more inclusive label.This has led to conflicts among community members who are uneasy that their bisexual identity has given way to another label.
The meaning of Pansexual is obvious: people who are emotionally, physically, or both attracted to all genders.This includes transgender, transgender, agency and gender incompatible individuals.This prefix was chosen because it comes from the Greek root "pan", which means "all", but this is obviously not the case.Two months ago, when Janelle Monet came out as gay and Pansexual in the cover story of rolling stone, the number of searches for the word "Pansexual" in Merriam Webster's Dictionary increased by 11000%, making it the most searched word of the day.
As we all know, the prefix "Bi" means two.Because of this, many people, perhaps even most people, believe that bisexuals are attracted to only two genders: bisexual men and bisexual women.Members of the queer community think that this is the definition of bisexuality. They believe that bisexuality perpetuates gender duality.They don't think this includes transgender and gender incompatible people.
Considering that "Bi" means two, this is a sensible belief.
However, many individuals, including me, who identify bisexuality now use the definition of bisexuality by Robin ocher, a famous bisexual activist,As she said on the website, "I call myself bisexual because I admit that I may be attracted to more than one gender and / or gender person - not necessarily both in love and / or sex, not necessarily in the same way, nor necessarily to the same extent."
this definition, "Bi" represents two (or more) genders.Gabrielle blonder, a board member of the Bisexual Resource Center, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "support gender communities and raise public awareness of bisexual and bisexual people," she explained. "I use it to say, 'attract gender differences like me and my gender.'
Most Pansexual lovers don't believe in the two definitions - that's why they like the word Pansexual love.
When word bisexuality began to pop, our understanding of gender was not as subtle as it is today, when David Bowie claimed in an interview with Playboy in 1976.Now that we have a better understanding, some bisexuals have updated the definition of bisexuality, including all genders, while others tend to give up it because a new word, frankly, is not so confusing, because pan really refers to "all"
Some Pansexual lovers are even further."There is those who believe that Bi is always used, Bi is exclusive. It dualistic gender. " says tortilla. "I know that personally. This is not the case. Many people say Bi is cross exclusive, but across gender is not a gender in itself, it is a word describing how people express gender."
That's why Ethan Remillard, 22, appeared as bisexual when he was a teenager, and he said straight: "I think that i am bisexual because I like fucking men and romantic girls. But I don't want to be Pansexual because other girls are the same as boys and their peers."
That's part of why people are reluctant to identify with any sexual or gender identity tag.Simply put, this is confusing, and for many people, labels are limited.In addition, your sexual orientation results from your understanding of your gender.If you are not entirely sure whether you are male or female, how can you accurately state your sexual orientation?
This makes the word "queer" more and more popular
"I use the word queer because Inot say my gender identity," said Jill B, a 23-year-old artist. "So, in the process of growing up, learning and understanding all the details, 'queer' feels like a good umbrella placeholder."
People also do not be afraid to claim that they have multiple identity tags.Ryan Carey Mahoney, a 26 years old LGBTQ activist, said: "in my early days out. Bisexuals were just right for me... Queer felt disconnected from my identity, a little academic and struggling with hatred."."Later, as I grew into myself, I found that these were not homosexuals. It contained various identities - bisexual and other identities - and brought people together. In a united way, it felt divided by just saying 'gay' when describing the community."
Now, Kelly Mahoney agrees with these two labels."Now, they fit me like gloves. Trust me, honey, I'm proud to wear them."
Interestingly, when vorticella does want to recognize same-sex labels - not just humans - he will actively change his labels according to who he talks to and their intentions.
"If I talk to someone who is more conservative and doesn't believe in non binary gender, it's easier to use the word" bisexual ", but if I talk to someone who studies gender and queer theory and understands its spectrum, I'll use the word" Pansexual "or" fluid "more freely."
In this case, liquidity means that sexual attractiveness will change over time and may depend on unusual situations.
However, tortilla does notice that the word "bisexual" have a rich history, so she is glad to respect it.
"It's worth mentioning that B is much longer than p exists in acronyms," he said. "It's worth mentioning standing out to support the community's parents, who fight for [our right to embrace gay identity]
Tara is not the only one with this reasoning ability."I personally like its historicity," said Brown of BRC. "This is the label we have been striving for recognition for decades, and the most well-known label. Language is no longer a static entity, and words can change their meaning over time. Just as October is no longer the eighth month of the year, I believe that bisexuality has evolved into a different meaning from the original."
For others, it's not just history, it's about the hard personal experience of ultimately getting sex labels, but the results are told that their labels are wrong, outdated or cross phobic - and that they are members of the same community who should have accepted them.
"I'm proud of being bisexual," said Daniel Senate, founder of naff. Saw is a private club that provides educational experience in interpersonal, kinks and intimacy."It took me 30 years to reach this, and now I am satisfied with my sexual orientation, and I am told that I don't accept enough because I don't think I'm Pansexual. Pan sex people shouldn't attack bisexuals, just because there is a more inclusive new term. We don't attack homosexuals and not be attracted by women and women." We should not attack a bisexual just because he feels that the cross sex person is not attractive. "
Solent is one of the people who are truly attracted by heterosexual men and women.He embodies what many bisexual activists and people object to.
"I've certainly met attractive transgenders and disobedience, but I've never felt sexual," said senate. "It's more about who they are and what they represent, but a desire for happiness, regardless of their identity."
And then the question becomes, is it across phobia that is not attracted by people who are not gender and gender differences?If so, do members of LGBTQ community adhere to a label that may be harmful to other members of the LGBTQ community?
"For a while, I felt I had to stick to the label of bisexuality, which was a pseudo noble effort to protect my identity from the so-called" Pansexual "influence," Jill B. "At the beginning, I felt it important to continue to defend bisexuality, as I have always done, when members of heterosexual or gay groups try to deny or exclude bisexuality. [I think] it's like a captain disembarking his ship. Over time, it becomes less important than accurately describing all my sexual orientation."
Still, everyone I talked to was that there is a space for multiple labels in the larger bisexual and Pansexual communities.
"I believe we all have space. We are all here. We have the right to ask for any label we want." "It's a lot of a lot," tutorial said.
For many people, bisexuality is also regarded as a general term, including sexual mobility labels such as Pansexual Love.In bisexual groups, even people have promoted the use of the word "bisexuality + to really emphasize that bisexuality is a larger inclusive term.
Jill B. Although they gave up the bisexual label, they still believe that there is space for the diversity of sexual mobility labels in gay groups."I hope that the spark in the conversation about sexual mobility will generally increase the visibility of people who are neither fully heterosexual nor gay."
Nevertheless, they still don't believe that in the long run. Having all of these labels is good for the community.As Jill B. pointed out, "I'm not sure whether adding labels is unity or division for us."