7 Characters Bringing Pansexuality to TV (PHOTOS)
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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 (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 (Chase Perdomo)
This Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
warlock is proudly pansexual, and his current involvement with Luke (Darren Mann) in no way negates that.
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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 (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 (John Barrowman)
Technically, Captain Jack of Torchwood
— as is his former partner, Captain John Hart (James Marsters).
Sadie Swenson (Billie Lourd)
Chanel #3 of Scream Queens
says she’s in love “with love,” not with any genders in particular.
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.
From Captain Holt to Toni Topaz, we can't help but admire these TV fixtures.
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.