Rain:472: And Emily Reveals...

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Synopsis

Emily reveals to Rain and Kylie that she is pansexual

Author Notes

Oh man! I am SO glad to finally get this out there. I feel like I planned this forever ago. 

People have been demanding a character of this sort for a while. I'm certainly happy to accommodate too! Of course, this has been planned for a long time, but I needed the right time to bring it up and make it work. Not to mention, because there IS a lot of confusion as to what it actually means, I wanted to make sure I could explain it properly alongside the reveal (alongside the mention of a few common misconceptions). 

I... hope I achieved all of this.

[EDIT] - Please stop sending me links or trying to teach me how wrong I am (or in the handful of extreme cases, accusing me of things I never said or outright attacking me; yes, that's happened). For every person telling me the description on the above page is wrong, there is another telling me it's right. I'm not saying that makes me right. I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again. I've done research though and I know plenty of people who identify by these labels, and this was simply the answer I came to. That said, according to other commentary I've read, there is more than one possible definition which can vary depending on the individual, or where or when someone learned it. And according to another source, even professional sex educators and academic sexologists can't agree on the definitions.

However, given that accuracy and not offending people is very important to me, I'm going to get to the bottom of this. I will be continuing to research and will alter the page's dialogue in the future. Please be patient. It might not be immediate, as this is proving to be an extremely complex and sensitive subject. You don't need to remind me that it's wrong, because I'm already working on it.

Thank you for your patience and your cooperation.

Transcript

R-really? But Maria said you were a homophobe. I mean, you're obviously not, but-
And you're preggers!
Maria says lots of things she doesn't mean when she get emotional.
And what does being pregnant have to do with anything? Even lesbians are capable of getting pregnant.
Sigh... Anyway, I guess I should probably follow through.
I'm pansexual.
Pan...
...sexual...?

There is an imaginary thought bubble over Rain and Kylie's heads:

Emily is holding a frying pan to her face.

Oh, baby...
And this is why I don't come out to people. I don't know what you guys are thinking about, but please stop thinking about it.
To clarify, pansexuality is just an attraction to any gender.
Isn't that just bi?
I was thinking that too.
No. They're not synonymous. Bisexuality is an attraction to at least two genders. Pansexuality meanwhile is an attraction to ALL genders without exception.
Well, I can still be attracted to someone even if they identify as both male AND female.
Or neither one.
Or they're intersex or genderqueer or transgender or whatever else.
The point is, I'm not literally attracted to everybody of course, but I'm comfortable enough that I think I could fall for anyone regardless of their gender identity.
Really?
If you guys are gonna get weird on me. I'm going home.

Updates

From 2016-04-30 09:45:27 UTC to 2020-08-02 19:20:49 UTC, Emily said the following in the 9th panel:

No. They're not synonymous. Bisexuality is an attraction to male and female. Literally, the two binary genders. Pansexuality is an attraction to ALL genders, including the binary, of course.

From 2020-08-25 09:47:22 UTC (according to image metadata, more specifically under XMP -> Modify Date) or 2020-08-30 22:17:40 UTC (from the Wayback Machine), to 2024-04-01 10:57:12 UTC, Emily says:

No. They're not synonymous. Bisexuality is an attraction to at least two genders. Pansexuality meanwhile is an attraction to ALL genders without exception.

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