If you don't feel comfortable answering this/don't want to answer this you don't have to at all, but can you explain or do you have a link to something that explains the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality? I've tried to look it up myself but a lot of what I've seen is the kind of thing that sounds like it's implying that one is lesser than the other, which I know isn't right. Thanks!
it’s okay! it can be pretty confusing since the two are often synonymous and the communities are very close, but that’s not always the case.
bisexuality is attraction to two genders, two or more genders, or “same and other” genders. (i’m a “same and other genders” person!)
pansexuality is attraction to all genders or regardless of gender.
if you’re thinking that’s a lot of overlap, you’re not wrong! the two often cover the same bases, but to different people they feel… different? if that makes sense.
ie although the way i define my bisexuality aligns perfectly with pansexuality, it just doesn’t feel right for me. somebody else could feel the same way about bisexuality and choose to id as pan because of it. yet another person could choose to identify as both because they feel comfortable with that!
one of the many misconceptions about bi vs pan is that bisexual people can’t be attracted to trans people/bisexuality is inherently transphobic (which is not true in the slightest and extremely biphobic) while pansexuality is more progressive - this is a really awful thing that pits two overlapping sibling communities against each other while also hurting the many, many trans people in our communities! there’s also the “pansexuals are just bisexuals who want to feel special” spiel, which is also really awful.
the bipan community can be very complex even when you’re trying to understand it as a member of it yourself! really all i can suggest is to keep looking into it yourself and asking questions, and be conscious of any harmful ideals you may harbor if they’re pointed out (even if you’re bipan! especially if you’re bipan!) and work to better yourself and your understand of the community.