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Polysexuality (not be confused with polyamory) is a sexual orientation closely related to bisexuality and pansexuality. While bisexuality is defined as being attracted to two or more genders, and pansexuality is defined as being attracted to individuals regardless of their gender [note 1], polysexuality is defined as being attracted to multiple genders, but not necessarily all.


A polysexual may find themselves attracted to men, women, and bigender people and find themselves completely unattracted to other non-binary gender identities. A different polysexual person may find themselves attracted to women and agender people, but no other genders. Keep in mind, that some people may experience such forms of attractions and label themselves as being bisexual. There are no hard and fast rules here. The distinction between bisexuality and polysexuality often boils down to how one feels about the word "multiple" in the description of their sexuality, and whether or not they want to carry the common connotations of being attracted to both men and women that frequently characterizes bisexuality. It really comes down to what word one prefers, and how one feels best describes how they experience sexual attraction. Some may insist upon only being polysexual, while others may insist upon being both bisexual and polysexual. There is no singular "correct" way to identify here, though that doesn't necessarily entail anything goes.

In short, polysexual people are attracted to multiple genders, but not necessarily all. That being said, some polysexual people may see themselves as also being omnisexual, that wouldn't contradict being polysexual.

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  1. This is a highly simplified definition. For a more in depth distinction between the two sexualities, see Difference between bisexuality and pansexuality.