'Pansexual' rises on National Coming Out Day

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On National Coming Out Day 2015, it appeared that more people came out on Twitter and Instagram as pansexual or bisexual than as lesbian or transgender, a Vocativ analysis showed.

Vocativ used our technology to analyze more than 329,597 Twitter and Instagram posts from October 11 about National Coming Out Day, revealing that more than 3,600 of them — including retweets — mentioned the word "pansexual." The term was posted more than "lesbian" or "transgender" combined.

Pansexual, which means someone who's experience of attraction is not limited by biological sex or gender identity, is one of the fastest growing queer identities used by youth online, especially among American teens and girls.

On Sunday, many others identified themselves online as bisexual, with an estimated 1,431 Twitter and Instagram posts mentioning the term. Among 43,369 posts about National Coming Out Day that specifically included "I" and "I am," "bisexual" was the second most-posted descriptor after the all encompassing "gay." "Pansexual" followed.

That doesn't necessarily mean that lesbian or transgender people are less prominent in queer networks. It does, however, indicate that a growing number of young people who could have previously been overlooked in queer representation because they also date members of the opposite sex are now using social media to broadcast their queerness and celebrate the diversity of queer sexuality.

Several hundred posts from National Coming Out Day also used the hashtag #questioning, with young people sharing that they are exploring their own gender identity. Many others posted #transisbeautiful, which was among the post popular hashtags on Sunday.

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