7 Characters Bringing Pansexuality to TV (PHOTOS)

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Pansexual Characters on TV
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Nola Darling, She's Gotta Have It
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Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise)

The protagonist of She’s Gotta Have It is a “sex-positive, polyamorous, pansexual” hero for the ages.

David Rose, Schitt's Creek

David Rose (Dan Levy)

In the first season of Schitt’s Creek, David summed up a protracted wine metaphor by stating, “I like the wine and not the label.”

Ambrose Spellman, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Ambrose Spellman (Chase Perdomo)

This Chilling Adventures of Sabrina warlock is proudly pansexual, and his current involvement with Luke (Darren Mann) in no way negates that.

Annalise Keating, How to Get Away With Murder
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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis)

We’ve seen the How to Get Away With Murder HBIC in relationships with both men and women, and creator Pete Nowalk told reporters that the writers consider her to be pansexual.

Yara Greyjoy, Game of Thrones

Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)

“She says, ‘I’m up for anything.’ That’s her ethos,” Whelan told Vulture of her Ironborn Game of Thrones character. “I don’t think she swings any way in particular, other than the way she feels at the time.”

Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)

Technically, Captain Jack of Torchwood is “omnisexual” — as is his former partner, Captain John Hart (James Marsters).

Billie Lourd as Sadie Swenson in Scream Queens

Sadie Swenson (Billie Lourd)

Chanel #3 of Scream Queens says she’s in love “with love,” not with any genders in particular.

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LGBT representation is reaching new horizons on television with the introduction of pansexual characters, and it’s about time. Such inclusion not only affirms pansexuality as a legit sexual orientation but also offers pan viewers a chance to see themselves reflected on screen.

Simply put, pansexuality refers to romantic and/or sexual attraction regardless of gender — making space for potential partners who are gender nonconforming, gender non-binary, genderqueer, etc.

Of course, pansexual visibility on TV is still an issue — many of these characters’ pansexuality is only asserted by their creators offscreen — but at least we’re making strides. Flip through the gallery above to meet some of these pan flag-wavers.