Poly Boston home page
Hi and welcome! This is the home page of the Poly Boston community and the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
- To get involved, join the Poly Boston announcements list. That’s where everything we do gets announced. You can sign up on the web at http://polyboston.org/lists/listinfo/announce.
- If you like, once you're on the announcements list, you can then join the chat list, say hi, and introduce yourself
- Looking for upcoming events? Check our events calendar! (For large events outside the Boston area, you should also check Alan M’s list of poly events.)
- Want reading material (or advice)? Alan Wexelblat has put a collection of his poly columns online. You can also check out some articles we’ve encountered (or been in)
- Wanna buy Poly Boston stuff? We have the two T-shirt designs Jim did in 2001 for Pride available on shirts, mugs, sweatshirts, and meesepads at cafepress.com. Go to http://www.cafepress.com/polyboston/ for the “Sharing is a Family Value” designs, and http://www.cafepress.com/polyboston2/ for the “Expand Your Family” designs. (These are sold at-cost; we don’t make any money on them. They are not identical to the T-shirts we wore at Pride, which were silkscreened rather than digitally transfered, but they still look good.)
- Have you been sucked into the LiveJournal vortex? Cos has set up a polyboston community on LiveJournal.
Polyamory is having or being able to have consensual, honest, respectful relationships with more than one person at a time, or being able to romantically love more than one person at once. Some poly people feel that for them, love is not a finite resource that must be saved for one person lest it be exhausted, but a renewable resource — the more love we give, the more we have to give.
Poly Boston is a group for polyamorous (poly), poly-curious, or poly-friendly people in the greater Boston area. The group organizes events via the email@example.com mailing list. Events include discussion groups, support groups, potlucks, parties, and other social events.
While these events provide an opportunity to meet a diverse collection of interesting, friendly people, this is not a dating service or a cruising area. If you come looking for that, you won’t have any fun, and we won’t either. But if you come looking for interesting discussion, new ideas, and a sense of community, you will probably find it, and if you treat the people you meet with respect and integrity, we will probably enjoy your company.
Information and links
Information about Poly Boston events
- Our events calendar is online
Other groups in the Boston area
- Family Tree is a poly organization in the general Boston area that’s been around a lot longer than Poly Boston. (There’s considerable overlap — some people come to both Family Tree events and Poly Boston events.) They are less geographically concentrated than we are. Their web site is at http://ftree.contra.org/, and they also have a paper newsletter.
- Boston Metro Area Poly has a Meetup group. and a Facebook group. (For complex reasons to do with security and Facebook's confusing and limited privacy settings, you can’t see the group until somebody invites you, but you can join or post to this companion group to request an invitation.)
- A sizable fraction of the people in Poly Boston are bisexual. If you are too, you may be interested in Biversity Boston and/or the Bisexual Resource Center.
- A bit west of us there’s a Western Mass poly group which has Yahoo! groups for events and for discussion.
- And south of us there’s a Polyamory Connecticut group.
Information about polyamory in general
- http://www.polyamory.org/ is the home page of the alt.polyamory newsgroup, and probably the best single web site about polyamory.
- The alt.polyamory FAQ is a good general introduction to polyamory.
- The Culture Supplement to the FAQ lists poly-related books (fiction and non-fiction), movies, songs, and comic books. The non-fiction book section is a good place to look for more information (much of it contradictory! :-) about what polyamory is.
- Opening Up is Tristan Taormino’s blog associated with her book of the same name.
Discussion-group results and handouts
- At the discussion group on June 28, 2000, we brainstormed a long list of terms for different kinds or levels of relationships.