Omni (orientation)

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Omnisexual
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Orientation: Any
Prefix: Omni-
Main Umbrella: Mspec
GxG Format: ? x @^?

Genders: All
Attracted To: Any (usually with a preference)
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Omni (orientation) is an orientation prefix encompassing the attraction to all genders[1], the Latin prefix 'omni-' meaning 'all' or 'universally'.[2]

Some individuals who identify with this term have a gender preference and some do not. However, it is most commonly interpreted as including a gender preference to distinguish it from pan (orientation) individuals.

History

The word omnisexuality appears as early at the 1959 beat poet Lawrence Lipton's The Holy Barbarians, but the first time it was described in the context of the current definition was in a 1984 text titled simply Sexual Choices: An Introduction to Human Sexuality.[3] This text described omnisexuality as "a state of attraction to all sexes", stating that some researchers believe that every individual is born omnisexual before developing their sexual attraction into the labels of homosexual, heterosexual, or other orientations.

The term spread even further in the early 1990s as M. Jimmie Killingsworth undertook an analysis of the poet Walt Whitman.[4] In Killingsworth's study, he found that Whitman had a general omnisexual character throughout his work The Leaves of Grass. In the 2010s, The Atlantic noted that his poetry expresses sexuality towards all genders, sometimes even the sea or the Earth.

Omnisexual was a common message board term in the 2000s. The knowledge of this term was boosted even further when several celebrities, such as Janelle Monáe and Brendon Urie, came out as pansexual.[5][6] The media made several non-monosexual terms known in the mainstream as that took place. Many popular articles discussed omnisexuality alongside these celebrities' pansexuality.

Omnisexuality in Fiction

Fictional characters Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood, Elim Garak from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Kevin Crawford from Paradise P.D. have been canonically confirmed as omnisexual.citation needed Omnisexuality is also referenced in Big Mouth, and Deadpool from Marvel Comics has a fluid sexuality due to fluctuating brain cells.citation needed

Related Terms

Label Relationship Description Difference
Bi Similar Attraction to two or more genders Omnisexuality encompasses attraction to all
Pan Similar Attraction to all genders Omnisexuality can indicate a preference; Pansexuality rejects attraction to gender constructs
Poly Similar Attraction to many genders Omnisexuality encompasses attraction to all

Orientations

Label Orientation Flag Creator(s)
Omniaesthetic Aesthetic [7] Fy
Omnialterous Alterous [8] Pride-Flags
Omniplatonic Platonic Omniplatonic.png[7] Fy
Omniqueerplatonic Queerplatonic Omniqueerplatonic.png[9] Cool-Location9912
Omniromantic Romantic Omniromantic.png[10] Pride-Flags
Omnisensual Sensual Omnisensual1 fy.png[7] Fy
Omnisexual Sexual Omni.png[11] Pride-Flags

Prefixes and Suffixes

Label Prefix / Suffix Flag Description Creator(s)
Omni-abro[12] -abro [12] An individual who is attracted to all genders but the gender(s) they prefer changes. Liver.On.A.Plate
Omniflux -Flux [13] Preference of genders or gender identities attracted to can change. Foxivity
Opossum Omni Opossum [14] An omni individual who prefers cuddles, hugs, kisses, and other affectionate and even sensual non-sexual acts over sexual acts. nedthechlorinealien

Flags and Symbols

The omnisexual flag was designed by Pastelmemer on or before July 4, 2015.[15][16] Although the meaning of the colours are unconfirmed, a commonly understood meaning is as follows: The light pink and light blue represents the gender spectrum. Pink represents attraction to femininity and women. Blue represents attraction to masculinity and men. Deep purple (sometimes depicted as black) represents attraction to individuals whose gender identity falls outside of the named categories.

An alternate flag was made by FANDOM user TheNelsonSystem on July 22, 2021. It was made by an alter with tritanopia colour blindness as an exact/near-exact version of how they see the omnisexual flag.citation needed

Another alternate flag was created by Cryptocrew at Hayden000's request on January 16, 2021, and was first published on a post one day later.citation needed In Cryptocrew's flag dark blue represents men, mid-blue represents masculine genders, light blue represents non-masculine genders that have masculine presentation (such as azurgirls), dark green represents the agender/genderless spectrum, yellowish-green represents demigenders, yellow represents non-demigenders and non-genderless individuals with neutral presentation (such as a pewt man), red represents women, pale red represents feminine genders, reddish-pink represents non-feminine genders that have feminine presentation (such as rosboys), black represents anonbinary genders, purple represents androgynous genders, grey represents non-outherine and non-androgynous genders that present androgynously or in an amaranthian manner (such as a linproche agender individual), white represents fluid genders/multigenders and individuals with fluid or multiple presentations, and the yellow design represents attraction and community, and a burst of love/attraction.

The omni-abro flag was created by Liver.On.A.Plate, the colors emulating the colors on the omnisexual and abrosexual flags with a pastel tint. The gold ring in the center represents the infinite love for all genders.[17]

Resources

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omnisexual
  2. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omni-
  3. https://books.google.com/books/about/Sexual_choices.html?id=xitHAAAAMAAJ
  4. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0895769X.1991.10542654?journalCode=vanq20
  5. https://time.com/5255815/janelle-monae-comes-out-as-pansexual/
  6. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/panic-at-the-discos-brendon-urie-comes-out-as-pansexual-696628/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 beyond-mogai-pride-flags. "It was simple enough to do". Tumblr, 24 Jun, 2018, https://beyond-mogai-pride-flags.tumblr.com/post/175217683590/hey-i-was-wondering-if-yall-know-of-any.
  8. Pride-Flags. "Omnialterous". DeviantArt, 13 Apr, 2021, https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Omnialterous-874982175.
  9. Cool-Location9912. "Hi, here's an omni queerplatonic flag". Reddit, 2021, https://www.reddit.com/r/omnisexual/comments/rn9mpe/hi_heres_an_omni_queerplatonic_flag_i_made_bc_i/.
  10. Pride-Flags. "Omniromantic (1)". DeviantArt, 10 May, 2016, https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Omniromantic-1-607944160.
  11. Pride-Flags. "Omni-". DeviantArt, 4 Jul, 2015, https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Omni-543925827.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Omni-Abrosexual". LGBTQIA+ Wiki, 30 Jul, 2022, https://www.lgbtqia.wiki/w/index.php?title=Omni-Abrosexual.
  13. Foxivity. "Omniflux". LGBTQIA+ Wiki, 18 Jan, 2021, https://www.lgbtqia.wiki/wiki/Omniflux?oldid=66434.
  14. VoxelDraqon. "Opossum Omni". LGBTQIA+ Wiki, 27 Jan, 2022, https://www.lgbtqia.wiki/wiki/Opossum_Omni.
  15. https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Omni-543925827?q=sort%3Atime%20((omni)%20AND%20(by%3APride-Flags))&qo=34
  16. https://pride-color-schemes.tumblr.com/post/146921708530/omni
  17. "Omni-Abrosexual". LGBTQIA+ Wiki, 30 Jul, 2022, https://www.lgbtqia.wiki/w/index.php?title=Omni-Abrosexual.