The prefix “omni” means “all”. This comes from Latin. In the LGBTQ+ community, the term omnisexual describes someone who is attracted to people from all gender expressions and identities.
Omnisexuality is a term that is used to refer to someone who is attracted to people of all genders. Read on for some more information about “omni” in LGBTQ+ communities and what it means to be omnisexual.
What is Onmisexuality?
Omnisexuality refers to someone who is attracted to people of all genders. It differs from bisexuality because bisexual people are not necessarily attracted to all genders.
People who identify as bisexual may have an attraction to people of the same gender as them and/or different genders, but they are not open to everyone. Omnisexual people are open to all genders.
This doesn’t mean that people who identify as omnisexual can’t have a preference for a particular gender.
Omnisexuality belongs to the multisexual category. This refers to any sexual identity that involves a sexual attraction to multiple genders.
Polysexuality, pansexuality, and bisexuality are also in this category.
Omnisexual Pride Flag
There are flags out there for most queer identities and omnisexuality is no exception.
The omnisexual flag includes blue, pink and purple. It was created in 2015 and the colors are usually interpreted as meaning certain things.
The pink on the flag is thought to represent attraction to women.
The blue on the flag represents attraction to men.
The purple on the flag represents attraction to non-binary people.
Omnisexual Pride Day
Omnisexual pride day is very important as all queer identities should have set times where awareness can be raised, and the identities can be celebrated.
Celebrating a day for omnisexuality makes it easier for omnisexuals to talk to friends and loved ones and to feel like they are being supported.
March 21st is Omnisexual Awareness Day internationally, so make sure that you celebrate yourself or anyone you know who identifies as omnisexual on this day!
How To Be An Omnisexual Ally
Because the term omnisexual is not very well known, it is even more important to make sure that you are acting as an ally to any omnisexual in your life. Historically, LGBTQ+ minorities have been marginalized and treated very unfairly.
In order to be an ally, you should look out for some of the injustices that they may experience. These can include but are not limited to the following:
- People dismissing their identity or making them feel invalid.
- Omnisexual people are sometimes made to feel promiscuous, or hyper-sexualization of those who identify as omnisexual.
- Hurtful comments and judgments. One is suggesting that omnisexual people are only attracted to inanimate objects.
In order to act as an ally to omnisexual people, you should make sure that you listen to them and believe what they are saying about their sexual orientation.
You should make sure that you don’t argue with them or presume you know more than them about it. Chances are, you don’t.
Make sure you work on your attitude and don’t jump to any conclusions. Listen and do some research.
Don’t worry, though. You can’t expect to know everything immediately, you can learn about the sexual orientation over time.
What To Do To Support Omnisexual People?
There are some things that you should do if someone tells you that they are omnisexual. It is important to make sure that the person feels supported.
The most important thing you can do is listen. If you are trusted by someone with this information, you should make the effort to listen. Don’t talk over them, just listen to their experience and let them lean on you.
Never Dismiss Their Feelings
It is important that you don’t dismiss their identity or feelings. This is something that a lot of people experience from both straight and queer people.
This is because people sometimes imply that they can’t make up their mind or that they want it all ways.
This leads to people considering them promiscuous and prejuding them because of their sexuality.
Be Aware Of Your Own Biases
It is likely that you will have some biases against sexualities such as omnisexuality.
This is because we live in a very cis-heteronormative society and we are not exposed to lots of different sexualities often.
Even very open-minded people can carry biases against certain sexualities and you should be careful to question yourself so that you don’t carry these.
Defend Your Friends
If you witness your queer friend or someone who is omnisexual experiencing discrimination, it is very important to stand up for them.
Whether this is verbal, physical or digital discrimination, it is horrible for your friends to be experiencing this and it is useful for them to feel supported.
Every Omnisexual Is Different
Omnisexual people are not all just gender-blind. Some onnisexuals will see gender and axknowledge it.
There is not one set way to be omnisexual. You should never assume that someone’s identity is a certain way, you should instead presume that you don’t know someones sexual identity until they tell you.
If you don’t know what a term means, it won’t do any harm to do a little bit of research.This is because it is a lack of knowledge that can create stigma.
Omnisexual Vs Pansexual
Sometimes, pansexuality and omnisexuality are used interchangeably. However, they don’t mean the exact same thing.
The biggest difference between pansexuality and omnisexuality is whether or not the person recognizes gender.
Pansexual people are attracted to others no matter what there gender is. They don’t see gender as part of their attraction.
Whereas, omnisexuals are not blind to gender. Omnisexuality is a separate, valid identity to pansexual.
It is important to understand that while this may seem like a small difference, it is actually a very important difference to some people as this is how they define themselves.
So, now you know everything there is to know about “omni” in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as plenty of details about omnisexuality.
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