Where does pangender come from?
Not to be confused with pansexuality (“attraction to people regardless of their gender”), pangender is “a gender identity not limited to one gender.” A person with this identity may feel their identity encompasses all possible genders at once. This includes traditional binary genders (male and female) and nonbinary genders. The prefix, pan-, comes from a Greek root for all (cf. pantheism).
Pangender itself falls within the realm of nonbinary gender identity, and those that are pangender might use gender-neutral pronouns like they/them, among others.
Evidence for pangender dates back to the 1980–90s. 1990s Usenet posts, for instance, discussed a pangender- and pansexual-friendly event and described a book as pangender in topic. It was defined on Urban Dictionary in 2006, and has since gained prominence in more mainstream discussions of gender and sexuality in the 2010s, given growing inclusion and visibility of nonbinary gender identities in culture.
Since 2015, Pangendering has been a popular Tumblr blog and resource on many gender-related subjects.
Examples of pangender
Who uses pangender?
Since gender is different from sexual attraction, one could identify as pangender and pansexual, though it’s important not to confuse the two.
Pangender is often used as self-identifier and is common on social-media platforms like Tumblr and Twitter. It is also discussed in such popular publications as CNN, NPR, and Vice educating audiences about gender diversity.
Also, nb folks, whether you're agender, bigender, pangender, non-binary male, non-binary female, genderfluid, genderqueer, whatever, can explain your gender totally, can't explain it a bit, use nonsense metaphors to explain it, you're all valid here. I will fight for all y'all
— Fiona the Lesbianest Master (@GayestTiefling) September 27, 2018
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