— Megan Paolone (@meganpaolone) March 29, 2019
In 2014, I asked AP Stylebook to add entries on bisexual and asexual. Response: “Bisexual is new,” and “Consult the dictionary.” In 2018, again I asked, was invited to correspond, presented my case. This year, based on my comments in this article and our earlier convos, AP added last-minute entries to 2019 edition, asked for my input. For bisexual, I recommended expanding their definition to be nonbinary and inclusive of other genders; for asexual, I proposed an entry to clarify the complexity. AP also proposed a pansexual definition, which is significant—shows they’re trying. Though the entries can be refined, I’m hopeful and saying yes to progress.
New entries in the 2019 AP Stylebook:
bisexual: Describes people attracted to more than one gender. Some people prefer pansexual, which describes people attracted to others regardless of their gender.
asexual: Describes people who don’t experience sexual attraction, though they may feel other types of attraction, such as romantic or aesthetic. Not synonymous with and does not assume celibacy.