People marching with anBi, a bisexual organization, carry a bisexual flag in the LA Pride Parade. (Getty/ David McNew)
Wikipedia has been accused of “spreading misinformation” after incorrectly claiming that pansexuality and bisexuality are the same thing during Bisexual Visibility Month.
Later in the Wikipedia entry, it says: “Some sources state that bisexuality encompasses romantic or sexual attraction to all gender identities or that it is romantic or sexual attraction to a person irrespective of that person’s biological sex or gender, equating it to or rendering it interchangeable with pansexuality.”
Sharing the screenshot, the Twitter user wrote: “Why is Wikipedia so f**king bad at sexualities PANSEXUAL AND BISEXUAL ARE NOT THE SAME THING.”
why is wikipedia so fucking bad at sexualities PANSEXUAL AND BISEXUAL ARE NOT THE SAME THING pic.twitter.com/wBVgmrwGYL
— bekah 🙂 (@dteamboobs) September 2, 2021
and fuck wikipedia, i’m genuinely so upset. bisexual ≠ pansexual, bisexual is NOT an umbrella term. when will this be understood? both wikipedia and the wiki, wikipedia has been ‘locked the prevent vandalism’. bullshit. this is genuinely so upsetting, i mean it. pic.twitter.com/JHjl3Jmulu
— mellohi ! ❀ outsiderstwt (@tbhmellohi) September 2, 2021
Others picked up on the Wikipedia page, and took to social media to express their discomfort, especially as the page cannot be edited by most people because it is “semi-protected” to prevent vandalism.
One person wrote: “F**k Wikipedia, I’m genuinely so upset. Bisexual ≠ pansexual, bisexual is NOT an umbrella term. When will this be understood?”
Another pointed out: “The fact that this is all happening during Bi Visibility Month is absolutely disgusting.”
Wikipedia claimed that bisexuality is less ‘inclusive’ than pansexuality
But things went from bad to worse, when social media users found another glaring inaccuracy on the Wikipedia page for pansexuality.
“Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary it is considered by some to be a more inclusive term than bisexual,” the entry states.
also if you look up pansexual on wikipedia its saying that people identify as pansexual just because it is “more inclusive” than bisexuality. which is not true. bisexual is just as inclusive as pansexual and vice versa pic.twitter.com/yXmLAWG2wC
— peggy (@peachysmp) September 2, 2021
The pansexuality entry is also locked, meaning most users are unable to edit the information.
PinkNews has approached Wikipedia for comment.
What is the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality?
Every queer person’s understanding of their sexuality and the label they choose to use is personal to them.
But generally, pansexuality, with the prefix “pan” meaning “all”, is defined as not being limited by sex or gender when it comes to attraction.
Bisexuality, on the other hand, means being attracted to multiple genders.
Advocate Robyn Ochs describes bisexuality as having “the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree”.
Pansexuality and bisexuality are distinct sexual orientations, and are not interchangeable.