The fact, or state, of being something.

In the context of sexuality, it is the identification within the spectrum of sexuality to a specific sexuality- with that coming not just the objective facets of said sexuality (romantic and/or sexual attraction, or lack thereof) but also the cultural components of it, and how it ties in with the larger sexual and social system(s) of the world.



used to describe a person who is attraction to others is not limited by sex or gender categories. The use of the identity category pansexual originated in the 1990’s.

“This word ‘pansexual’ was originally coined by Sigmund Freud within his theories on psychoanalysis in the early-to-mid 1900s, but was instead defined as how sexual energy and desire is the basis for all human interaction in life. However the modern usage of ‘pansexual’ has very little to do with Freud’s definition or his psycho-sexuality theories,” (Jakubowski).



  • Throughout historical time, “queer” has changed its meaning, yet always have referred to people, places, or things that are considered to be the opposite of the societal norm. Originally “queer” was used to describe something as “odd,” “strange,” or “quaint.” In the early 18th century, the term “queer” meant something was “bad” or worthless (Bronski, xvii).
  • Later on in the 1920’s, “queer” was negatively used as an expression for homosexuals. Today, some LGBTQIAPK communities have politically reclaimed “queer” to challenge the heteronormative mainstream culture (Bronski, xvii). 
  • Queer is an umbrella term that includes all sexual and gender identities within the LGBTQIAPK (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Kink) community (Serrano, 3).  


 (gendered form for female; Mestizo for male)

term for a woman of mixed ethnic heritage, particularly of Latin American descent and others; in the context of Anzaldua’s “The New Mestiza”, it is a direct representation of being at the intersection of opposing socio-political landscapes. (Anzaldua)