What is the difference between pansexuality, polysexuality and bisexuality?

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What is the difference between pansexuality, polysexuality and bisexuality?
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Anonymous
January 9th, 2016 4:27pm
Pansexuality is being able to fall for anyone. Polysexuality is being able to fall for multiple people. Bisexuality is being able to fall for both boys and girls
CaseyC
January 9th, 2016 4:28pm
Pansexuality is when one doesn't see boundaries when looking for a sexual or romantic partner in terms of gender. Pansexuality literally means "all-sexual". Polysexuality is attraction to two or more genders, but not all. Bisexuality is the attraction to two genders, but no more than two, as bi- means "two." These two genders are most commonly male and female.
LoyalLouie
January 10th, 2016 12:04am
The difference is basically about binary/non-binary gender concepts. If you identify as bisexual you believe there are two genders (male/female) and you're attracted to both. Now, pansexuals and polysexuals don't stick to a binary model. A pansexual may say: "There are more than two genders and I'm attracted to all of them", while a polysexual would say: "There are more than two genders and I'm attraced to some of them."
charmingEagle47
January 10th, 2016 8:23am
Well they're all similar in the fact of liking multiple genders, the prefix bi means two so it means to like two genders which usually means male and female but not always, the prefix poly means many so it means you are attracted to many different genders like some non binary people but you are not attracted to all, finally pansexual. Pan sexuals are people who don't fall in love with the gender they fall in love with the person meaning they would be attracted to any gender
Anonymous
January 10th, 2016 10:58am
Bisexuality is about being sexually atracted to male and female people. Pansexuality is about being sexualy atracted to people regardles of ther biological sex or gender identification. polysexuality is about being atracted to bunch of gender identifications but also being not attracted to some... i hope this was correct
courageousTree32
January 10th, 2016 7:29pm
Well with bisexuality you only like make and females. With pansexuality you like all gender (transgender is a gender but likening a transgender person doesn't make you pansexaul. And with polysexuality you like everyone no matter if they have a gender or no
beautifulLight666
January 10th, 2016 8:07pm
im not sure, but i do not believe in label's, you can love you who you want to love, you shouldn't be label for it ,
indigo24
January 10th, 2016 10:34pm
Pansexuality is the attraction to towards people of any sex or gender identity. Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple genders. Bisexuality is the attraction to both male and female genders or attraction to any gender.
EmpathyLoveAndHope
January 11th, 2016 7:14pm
A bisexual will have interest in two specific genders, usually their own and another (example: a female who is attracted to males and females) Polysexual implies that you have interest in several genders, and pansexual is if you have interest in all genders
Anonymous
January 13th, 2016 2:41am
Pansexuality is when you are attracted to someone no matter what gender they are or identify as. Polysexuality is having a combination of sexualities. Bisexuality is being attracted to both males and females.
Crest
January 14th, 2016 3:20am
1: Attracted to all genders, 2: Attracted not to one specific gender, 3: Attracted to both binary genders.
Anonymous
January 15th, 2016 8:52am
Pansexuality is where you are attracted to people regardless of their gender, polysexuality is where you are attracted to more than people of two genders, and bisexuality is where you attracted to your same and other genders.
kittenguts
January 16th, 2016 11:07am
Bisexuals are able to be attracted to both males and females, pansexuals are able to be attracted to every gender (transgender, agender, bigender, male, female...) and polysexuals want a sexual relationship with more than one person at the same time.
herecomescameryn
January 16th, 2016 9:06pm
well, bisexuality is when you like two different genders. normal male and female. pan sexuality means that you like every gender (yes, there is more than two) You pretty much like the person for their personality, not genitals or gender. polysexuality is when you like more than two genders but now all of them. I hope this helped (:
WonderfulSunrise
January 20th, 2016 12:41am
Simply put, pansexuals are attracted romantically and sexually to all genders and gender expressions, but bisexual people are attracted to both men and women, not necessarily those with a gender expression/identity different from their biological sex. Polysexuality and pansexuality are also similar, but the main difference is that polysexuals are attracted to many, but not necessarily all possible genders. This differs somewhat from pansexuality, which is the attraction to any possible combination of gender and sex.
musicalForest17
January 21st, 2016 12:22am
Pansexuality is attraction to all genders, boy, girl, and anyone outside the binary. Polysexuality is the attraction to some, but not all genders. For example, liking all genders except for boys. Bisexuality means liking two genders. Boy and girl, agender and girl etcetera.
kaizerwithaz
January 24th, 2016 5:45pm
Bisexuals like the same and other genders, polysexuals like multiple genders, and pansexuals like all genders. People can even identify as a blend of the three. It really all depends on you. I hope I was able to teach you something, and remember to respect everyone’s identity and orientation!
peacefulNight35
November 28th, 2017 12:57am
This can be a matter of opinion. I myself identify as bi when many would consider me pan as I feel romantic attraction no matter the gender. The cut and dry definitions are: bisexuality: attraction to different genders polysexuality: attraction to more than two genders pansexuality: attraction to all genders. Find the label that best fits you.
Anonymous
May 27th, 2015 11:19pm
Bisexuals are sexually attracted to both males and females. Pansexuals are sexually attracted to all genders, even nonbinary ones. Polysexuals are attracted to multiple genders and/or sexes but not necessarily all. Bisexuality and pansexuality are sub-groups of polysexuality.
Anonymous
August 23rd, 2015 4:10pm
Pansexuality is when a person is attracted to every gender (including non-binary people). Polysexuality is when a person can be in a relationship with more than one person. And bisexuality is when a person is attracted to men and women but not to non-binary people.
clearMoon
August 27th, 2015 4:10pm
Pansexuality is when you are attracted sexually to people regardless of their presented gender. Polysexuality is when you are most fulfilled when you have 2+ sexual partners, in ethical relationships (this is not cheating, each partner needs to be aware and accepting of the circumstances). Bisexuality is someone attracted to both men and women, but not necessarily people who identify as genderqueer or transgender.
Anonymous - Expert in LGBTQ+
August 28th, 2015 7:28pm
All three are terms for experiencing sexual attraction to multiple genders. Bi- means two, poly- means many, pan- means all. Someone who is pansexual, then, experiences sexual attraction to all genders or regardless of gender. Someone who is polysexual experiences sexual attraction to many genders, but maybe not all of them. Someone who is bisexual experiences sexual attraction to two genders by definition, but since it's the most well-known label of these three, it's often defined as attraction to two *or more* genders. Someone whose pattern of attraction matches poly or pan can use bi and be no less accurate. It all comes down to which label feels right to the person using it.
FuzzyPaw
August 30th, 2015 8:57pm
Pansexuality is the ability to be attracted person regardless of gender/sex. Polysexuality I would imagine (although I am not sure) would be the fact to have multiple partners at the same time (I mean in involvement, not bnecessarily at the same time and space). Bisexuality is to be able to be attracted sexually to both genders (male/female).
mynameis2015
September 2nd, 2015 11:50am
polysexuality: sexually attracted to more than one gender. pansexuality: not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. bisexuality:sexually attracted to both men and women.
Anonymous
September 3rd, 2015 12:38am
The difference between these three sexuality is the feeling about who you are interested in romantically and sexually attracted to.
blissfulRainfall14
September 4th, 2015 3:34am
Pansexuality is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple genders or sexes..Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females
sweetUnicorn55
September 4th, 2015 4:13pm
Pansexuality basically means that you don't care about gender, meaning you can technically fall in love with anyone. polysexuality means that you are attracted to more than one gender, and bisexuality means that you are attracted to both, female and male people.
Anonymous
September 5th, 2015 4:56am
Bisexuality. The prefix "bi" means two so, bisexuality is when someone is attracted to two genders, usually their own gender and the opposite sex gender. The prefix in pansexuality "pan" means all. So pan sexual people are people who are attracted to all genders. A lot of people prefer using the term pan sexual because it includes transgender people and non binary genders. This makes the term more inclusive. Polysexuality is when someone is attracted to multiple genders, but not necessary all. For example: Amy is bisexual because she is attracted to men and women. Peter is pansexual because he is attracted to men,women, transgender men,transgender women, and all non binary genders/gender queer people. Max is polysexual because he is attracted to men,women and gender queer people. I hope that makes a little bit of sense.
Anonymous
September 6th, 2015 4:04pm
Pansexuality is an emotional attraction toward people of any gender--meaning, they can love people regardless who they identify their self with. Polysexuality is a little the same as pansexuality but rejects bisexuality. They do not believe that a person can be attracted to only a girl or a boy.
roy13
September 6th, 2015 4:16pm
Bisexual, pansexual or polysexual are not just identity labels, these are also a sexual orientation and can also describe set of behaviors. By replacing the prefix bi – (two, both) with pan- (all), poly- (many) people who adopt these self-identities seek to clearly express the fact that gender does not factor into their own sexuality, or that they are specifically attracted to trans, gender-queer, and other people who may or may not fit into the mainstream gender categories of male and female. This does not mean, however, that people who identify as bisexual are fixated on traditional notions of gender.