Omnisexual is, as you probably guessed, a sexual orientation. An omnisexual person can be attracted to people of any gender.
This doesn’t mean that they’re attracted to anyone and everyone—omnisexual people still have taste in sexual partners just like straight, lesbian, and gay people do. They just find the people they are attracted to among all genders.
Omnisexual is different from pansexual
If you’ve heard of the term “pansexual,” it might sound like the same thing to you—but there’s a nuanced difference.
The root “omni” comes from Latin, and means “all,” and the root “pan” comes from Greek, and also means “all.” But here’s the key thing that makes them distinct.
For pansexual people, gender is not a factor in their attraction whatsoever.
For omnisexual people, gender is part of what they find attractive about a person.
Another way to say that is that omnisexual people are attracted to people of all genders, and pansexual people are attracted to people regardless of gender.
I wrote a post about the differences between pansexual, omnisexual, bisexual, and polysexual, and you can learn more about those here.
Omnisexual falls under the bisexual umbrella
Bisexual is a word used for people who are attracted to people of two or more genders.
Omnisexual people are included under the bisexual umbrella, since being attracted to people of all genders is encompassed by the “two or more” definition.
If you’re new to this terminology, you may feel that this is splitting hairs, and breaking down these distinctions is unnecessary.
It’s OK that you feel that way. You might just need some time to expose yourself to the nuances of this new area of knowledge. If you’re new to wines, you might struggle to tell the difference between a merlot and a sangiovese because they’re both just red wine to you.
Human sexuality is an interesting and complex world, and there’s a lot more to it than the standard “men are attracted to women, and women are attracted to men” model most of us were taught.