You have probably found this Meetup because you have some interest in polyamory or some other form of honest, ethical, non-monogamy. Welcome to our little piece of Meetup.
The Tidewater Polyamorous Community exists to provide a safer place for those engaged in polyamory to share and learn from each other, or for those who want to learn more about the ideas and realities of poly living and relationships.
There may be almost as many working definitions of polyamory as there are professing practitioners, with many people particularly vested in their own viewpoint. For our use here, polyamory is the practice of long term, consensual, multiple, loving relationships, where all participants are honestly and completely informed that their respective partners are involved with other partners. Individuals who engage in multiple relationships or liaisons while hiding or denying partners from each other can be called many things, but polyamorous is not one of them.
Are you polyamorous? Do you have more than one romantic partner and everyone involved knows, at a minimum, that you have other partners? That definition may be too limiting, though. Perhaps you have only one current relationship, or none; but you are open to having multiple, informed partners. Maybe you are a monogamous soul, but your one partner has others. This last scenario is not as rare as many might think.
Ultimately, Tidewater Polyamorous Community's primary goal is to provide a social network for poly people, and others interested in polyamory, where they can interact, share, grow friendships and socialize with people of similar interests in a safe, non-threatening environment. A secondary goal is to provide support and education for polyamorous people, or those who may be evaluating what place polyamory has in their lives.
Confidentiality is one core tenet for this Meetup. While your expectation is that our community's members are ultimately honest with all of their partners, the honesty implicit between partners is not gossip fodder for the rest of the world. The relationship details of individual members' lives are theirs alone to share with anyone. Whether or not, and with whom, they choose to share any personal circumstances is sacrosanct and will not be discussed outside the community, or even within, unless they choose to discuss those details. Anyone violating this trust may be ejected from the community.
We hope this Meetup can become a community where our members can find like minded folk with whom they can share intellectual expansion and stimulation, and fun times such as: dinners, dancing, movies, bowling, hikes; whatever our members want to do with each other. You should be willing to help build a community where true friendships can develop and where people are available for each other for good times and bad. This Meetup is not intended as a shopping center for sexual playmates, but as a venue where we can be comfortable in sharing thoughts, ideas, and activities with others who share some common point of view regarding relationships and related aspects of life.
Tidewater Polyamorous Community is intended to provide real time, face to face, social and educational opportunities for poly and poly curious people in eastern Virginia. Please consider this before you ask to join us.
While sexuality is often a feature of many polyamorous relationships and poly groups, it is not a focus of TPC. If you are hoping that this group will be promoting overtly sex oriented events or activities, you will be disappointed. Also, this is not a dating or hook-up group. We strongly discourage approaching list members not yet personally known by members to solicit dates or potential sex partners.
Anyone member who is found randomly soliciting attention online from other members here who they have not yet met in person might be warned one time to cease their behavior or be removed from the group. Warnings are at the sole discretion of the group organizers. You should have plenty of opportunities to meet people face to face at functions to learn if you share any common interests. We want this to be a safe, calm environment where people can get to know one another absent the web's frenetic pace.
Please consider posting a recognizable photo of yourself when requesting to join this Meetup. The group settings are set to private, so no one outside the group should be able to associate you with this Meetup unless you have set your profile controls to allow it. Photos help the organizers and individual members recognize you at functions.