Pansexuality is the sexual attraction to a person of any sex or gender, that is pansexuals can be attracted to cisgender, transgender, intersex and androgynous people, and that the term pansexual “is generally considered a more inclusive term than bisexual.
Pansexuality, or omnisexuality is described as the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.
Now let’s look at some of the other “sexual” – relating to sex – terms.
A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a emotional connection. It’s more commonly seen in, but by no means confined, to romantic relationships. The term demisexual comes from the orientation being “halfway between” sexual and asexual.
Sapiosexual. New Word Suggestion. One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature; behaviour of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.
Polysexual. Pretty simple. The prefix ‘poly’ means ‘multiple’ or ‘many’, as in ‘polysexuals are attracted to multiple genders’, though again, not necessarily all.
Asexual is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. It may also be an umbrella term used to categorize a broader spectrum of various asexual sub-identities.
Bisexual is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes alternatively termed pansexuality.
Heterosexual is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between persons of the opposite sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, heterosexuality is “an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions” to persons of the opposite sex; it “also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.”
Homosexual is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality is “an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions” to people of the same sex. It “also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.”
Monosexual is romantic or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only. A monosexual person may identify as heterosexual or homosexual.
Allosexual – is a term used most commonly in the asexual community to refer to someone who is not asexual. Someone who is allosexual is someone who experiences sexual attraction.
Androsexual – Anyone who has sexual leanings towards males. From the greek ‘andros’ meaning “man”.
Gynosexual – Anyone who has sexual leanings towards females. From the greek gyno meaning female.
Transsexual – When you have had Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) to change the sexual organs you were born with to that of a different gender.