After months of showing off her lengua and twerking to her heart’s content, Miley Cyrus shocked absolutely no one when speaking to Elle UK in 2015 about relationships and sex and being sexually fluid. 

“I’m very open about it – I’m pansexual. But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.”

She isn’t pulling our leg. Pansexuality is a real term and there are many people who identify as such. Confused? No worries, I was too. I also don’t judge others, which is why I decided to get educated and research pansexuality. Here are some things to know about being sexually fluid.

5 Things to Know About Being Sexually Fluid

Pansexuality has no limits. 

Those who identify as pansexual can feel sexual attraction or romantic love toward any person. If you are sexually fluid, you are not limited to gender or gender identity. In other words, every person is game for sweet, sweet loving.

Pansexuality isn’t the same as bisexuality. 

When a person is bisexual, they are attracted to both sexes or genders. However, a sexually fluid woman can also love transsexuals. They can also love a person who identifies as “intersex,” which is a term for people who are born with sexual anatomy that is not typical to that of a man or woman. For example, a girl without a vaginal opening. A pansexual is still open to date or sleep with said girl. ‘Cause “pan” means all! 

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Pansexuals may only date men. 

“But you just said they date everyone and love all!” You might be shouting. Yes, you’re correct. Still, as one pansexual woman wrote, “This has nothing to do with my sexuality, and everything to do with who I’ve happened to pursue relationships with.” So, no matter what gender a pansexual person has dated consistently, they are still attracted to different types of people. 

Pansexuals have their own flag.

Just like Boricuas at the NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade, pansexuals have their own bright flag to wave with flair and pride. The Pansexual Pride Flag was created to spread awareness about the pansexual community. The three colors are pink, yellow, and blue, and each represents an identity regardless of biology. Pink is for those who identify as female, blue for male, and yellow for those who consider themselves androgynous, transgender, and much more. 

Pansexuals don’t just sleep around. 

Miley’s quote might lead readers to believe that pansexuals hop from person to person and bed to bed every other week. The thing is just because a pansexual person can be attracted to all people it doesn’t mean they are attracted to all people. Pansexuals want long-term relationships just like those who identify as heterosexual or homosexual. In the end, pansexuality is not about promiscuity, notches on the belt, or sleeping around; it’s about loving people for who they are at their core. In other words, love is love!