Bisexual and pansexual are just two terms used by some who are attracted to and may form sexual and romantic relationships with someone regardless of that person’s gender identity or genitalia.

Offered Definitions

  • Bisexual – a person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction to people of their own gender as well as other genders, not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree.
  • Monosexual – a person who is attracted to one gender; may be used for individuals who identify as straight, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, etc.
  • Nonmonosexual – a person who is attracted to more than one gender. May be used for individuals who identify as queer, fluid, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, ambisexual, etc.
  • Pansexual –  a person who has the potential to experience sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expressions.
You can find a complete list of our offered definitions here.

Challenges for the Non-Monosexual Umbrella

While it is assumed those who identify as bisexual, pansexual, and/or non-monosexual face the same issues as those who are gay and lesbian, there are some issues unique to their experience.  We encourage you to learn more about those below:


  • – A web portal for the bisexual community.
  • BiNet USA – A national network for bisexual organizations, projects and individuals.
  • Bisexual Resource Center – An international organization providing education about and support for bisexual and progressive issues.
  • Midwest Bi* Activist, created and maintained by MSU alumna Lauren Beach, offers a variety of resources and information particularly for bi* individuals and advocates in our area.