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Our group was formed to provide a community of fellowship for polyamory people, as well as their families and friends. We do this by offering opportunities to meet others in person at various events and also create community through our online forum. We are a circumscribed group that offers a community space for poly people that do not cross over into other forms of ‘non monogamy.’
We also wish to provide a setting where community action is possible in order to help inform the community at large about Polyamory, what it is and is not, and what our group is about. We hope that this community action effort will help create an environment where more people can feel free to be “out,” and to change our culture so that poly people are not discriminated against, can seek counseling or medical care without fear, and be treated by our local, state, and federal governments as families and equal citizens.
We are your neighbors, coworkers, friends, as well as faith and community organization members. We span across all races, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Just like other couples and families, some of us live in families with children, and some do not. We are persons who fall into one or more spectrums or straight, gay, lesbian, bi, transgender or queer. We are also monogamous people, but are with a polyamorous partner. A few of us are out of the closet, but most of us are not because we are concerned about how our communities may have trouble understanding us. Most of us experience discrimination and isolation because it can be difficult to find community that supports polyamory people and/or their families.
Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly, meaning many or several] and Latin amor [love]) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Polyamorous perspectives differ from monogamous perspectives, in that they respect a partner's identification or practice of having a second or further meaningful relationship(s), and to accommodate these alongside their existing relationships. In these relationships, it is the relationship which is stressed. Physical intimacy is overwhelmingly usually part of polyamorous relationships, and is a way of expressing love, care, and bonding in a relationship. However, intimate physical connections are not the primary focus or seminal force behind the relationship or its creation. Ethical consensual polygamy also falls under this definition. Additionally, some poly people may identify with or practice a relationship with more than one person where all persons are involved intimately. For example a fidelitous triad with two bisexual women and a heterosexual man where all three persons in the relationship are in relationship with each other.
The term Polyamory has a broad spectrum of diverse views and relationship styles, it can and does crossover with other forums and with what might be described as ‘consensual non-monogamy,’ or other relationship styles, or sexual behavior. It is important to be very clear about what particular circumscribed community this group is trying to serve, to make sure that members are finding what they are looking for.
In addition to the emphasis on relationships which is noted in the definition above, the following is also extremely important to understand.
*This group is NOT for persons in other manifestations of non-monogamy and human sexuality such as swinging, recreational sex, casual sex, casual encounters, nudity, BDSM, kinky, etc.
*This group is also NOT for persons who are secretive and/or dishonest in any relationship. In order to be poly, all stakeholders in a person’s relationship life must have full knowledge of any and all relationships. In addition, all stakeholders must give consent before any new relationship(s) can be formed.
If you participate in any of the above mentioned activities, please do not join this group.
There are other forums which are available to other constituencies or crossover constituencies for persons who identify as poly and also practice any of the above forms. These other existing forums meet the important need for having a community space which represents a wide spectrum across multiple partnered relationship styles. This meetup group however, while recognizing the need and importance for an all-inclusive community space, also recognizes the need for a community space with a more narrowly defined spectrum in addition to the spectrums which offer diversity. PFFPA has been created so that people can find, in addition to the diversified forums, also find ‘like minded people,’ who are looking to be able to give and receive support from others within a circumscribed community space.