Rae

Location:

Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Marietta, GA

Member since:

July 4, 2012

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Your answers will be visible to everyone. This is like a resume to tell the other members what you are looking for. This is NOT a "swingers" group so please reflect this in your answer. What does the word polyamory mean to you?

Many loves; the ability to cast aside social expectations of relationships to find the connections that matter most to you and create relationships based on those connections. Requires the ability to be reflective of one's own emotional state and open, honest communication for best results. Polyamorous relationships can take on any number of forms and each "tribe" formation is as unique as the people involved in it.

Why did you join the polyamory meetup group?

I enjoyed CPN (the Chesapeake Polyamory Network) meetups when I lived in DC and am looking for a community here now that I live in LA. Both my primary and secondary partners are relatively new to polyamory, so I want to find a community where they can find support besides just me and my copy of "The Ethical Slut." I really like these boys, and they like each other, so I want it to work, but I know how confusing it can be at first -- I came to polyamory about 6 years ago, but I want them to have access to other perspectives to navigate the landscape of poly relationships. Plus, I just want more poly friends -- I'm in seminary (a very liberal Jewish one, but seminary nonetheless) and it's not exactly a bastion of nontraditional relationships there, as I'm sure you can imagine.

Are you currently involved in a poly relationship? How many individuals in your "tribe"?

Yep! I have two partners at the moment, with a third relationship in its beginning stages, though I don't want to jinx it, so I'll stick with saying two for now. ;)

Do you have any children? What are their ages? (helps in planning activities)

Nope. Let me finish grad school first at least.

What would your ideal poly relationship look like?

Exactly how I have it: a primary relationship which provides a basis of support and love and which is vitalized through our other involvements; a secondary partner who has a primary as well; and possibly a tertiary partner, so long as I evaluate that my time and emotional availability is capable of supporting three relationships at a time. I'm not picky about gender, though all my partners happen to be male at this point.

Introduction

I'm a bisexual poly-identified grad student, relatively new to LA. I'm studying Jewish education and nonprofit management, then continuing on to rabbinic school.


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