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Aug 12, 2011
@ 11:27 am
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Pass (verb)


In the trans* community, to pass is to be perceived as the gender you identify as. It’s typically, but not always, used in the context of a trans* person discussing their experience in the public world. There’s some debate around the term in that it connotes that one is trying to pass under the radar as someone they aren’t when that isn’t the case. 

"Passing" can be used in any context when dealing with perception. Someone can pass as white, as poor, as straight, as butch, etc. 


"She passes really well despite not being on hormones."

"It feels so good to pass and not be misgendered."

See also

"To be perceived as"


Aug 8, 2011
@ 10:47 pm
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Pansexual (adjective)


Pansexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a potential aesthetic attraction, romantic love and/or sexual desire for anybody, including people who do not fit into the gender binary of male/female implied by bisexual attraction. The term pansexual is typically used to describe sexual attraction but, as stated earlier, is also used to denote romantic attraction. Pansexuality is sometimes described as the capacity to love a person romantically irrespective of gender. Some pansexuals also assert that gender and sex are meaningless to them. Others say that gender plays an important role in their attraction to someone while not being a deciding factor.

"Pansexual" is an identity and, therefore, is not a definitive statement as it can and does mean different things to different people.


Used by people who feel they are attracted to people outside the gender binary, or those who are attracted to the person, not the gender.

"Pansexual" is technically an adjective but is also colloquially used as a noun, similar to "gays" and "lesbians."


Gay folks are defined as people who have the potential to be attracted to those of the same gender. Bisexual folks are typically defined as those who are potentially attracted to people falling within two gender identities (one, the other, or both). Pansexual folks are potentially attracted to any individual.

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