People who identify as polysexual are sexually attracted to more than one gender. Since sexual orientation can be viewed as a spectrum, some people use this umbrella term as an identifier to indicate their physical attraction to multiple genders.

Pansexuality is not sexual attraction to all genders, but rather is commonly described as having sexual attraction to a person regardless of their gender.

Polysexuality differs from bisexuality, which is an attraction to people of the same gender and people of another gender. Bisexuality is usually based on the gender binary, while polysexual people see gender as more fluid, or do not wish to define so strictly which genders they are attracted to.