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A polysexual is someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to more than one gender. This type of sexuality can fall anywhere on the spectrum between bisexual and pansexual. Generally speaking, a polysexual individual may identify as neither exclusively heterosexual nor exclusively homosexual, but may experience romantic and sexual attraction to multiple genders.
A key difference between polysexuality and bisexuality is that the former does not necessarily involve an attraction to both men and women; instead, a polysexual individual may be attracted or open to any gender identity or non-binary gender expression. This can include those who identify as transgender, intersex, agender, genderfluid/nonbinary, third gender/two-spirit and more.
In many ways, being polysexual means recognizing that love embraces all forms of sexual orientation without judgement or preconceived notions about others’ experiences. For some individuals who are exploring their sexuality it can provide more room for experimentation in terms of experiences without worrying about labels that might not accurately reflect their feelings or attractions towards different people regardless of their sex assigned at birth (cisgender).
For those just coming out as polysexual it can be helpful to seek out online communities such as forums or social networks dedicated to supporting individuals with various non-monosexual orientations. These provide a platform for vulnerable conversations where members feel safe from potential judgement from outsiders and engage in meaningful discussion with like-minded peers who understand each other’s experiences better than anyone else could ever hope too! Further resources include books such as: “The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple Partner Relationships And Families” by Dr Deborah Anapol which offers valuable insight into what life looks like for individuals practicing ethical nonmonogamy in their everyday lives today!
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