Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time, with the knowledge or consent of everyone involved. It is often described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy.
Polyamory can come in a diversity of shapes and with a diversity of names. Sue, Joan, and Mary, living together in a three-way relationship, may call themselves polyamorous. Lee and Kerry, who meet up with other like-minded couples to enhance their sex life, may call themselves swingers. Jamal and Toby, whose civil partnership does not stop them from cruising the gay scene together, may call theirs an open relationship. The unifying features of all of these relationships are openness and honesty.
If you want to learn more about polyamory and related events, there is an increasing diversity of resources on the internet and elsewhere. The list below is far from exhaustive.
Polyamory Europe – a closed group on the polyamorous scene in Europe.
Polyamory Europe (secret group) – the “secret twin” of the above group, for those who prefer to fully keep their privacy. The content and participants list cannot be seen by anyone that is not part of the group. If you want an invitation to join this group, write us a FB message.
Poliamor Catalunya – closed group by and about non-monogamous people living in the Catalan-speaking area (Catalonia, Valencia, Balearic Islands).
No-Monogàmia i Poliamor: debat i activisme (grup secret) – the “secret twin” of the above group
On the internet
Polyamory on Wikipedia – a pretty obvious starting point.
Polyamory? What, like, two girlfriends? – funny, yet very informative and complete polyamory FAQ.
Polyamory.org – Home page of the pioneer alt.polyamory group, full of resources and links.
Tristan Taormino’s Opening Up – website that educates people interested in open relationships of all kinds and provides a list of professionals (psychologists, social workers, etc.) who are knowledgeable about alternative relationships.
Polyweekly – the website of “Polyamory Weekly”, an excellent podcast on all things poly.
Loving More – by an organization that publishes a magazine, holds annual conferences, and provides information and inspiration for people of all orientations who are interested in exploring healthy relationship options including group marriage, open couples, intimate networks, expanded families, and intentional communities.
Polyamory.org.uk – a UK-based resource for everyone interested in polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, and relationship anarchy, from a diverse community friendly to all forms of adult sexual/personal identity from LGBTQ, sex positive culture, feminism, spirituality, to BDSM.
Polyamory in the News… by Alan – a blog that keeps track of poly-related news in the media.
Relationship Anarchy on Wikipedia – starting point to learn more about Relationship Anarchy, the practice of forming relationships that are not bound by rules aside from what the people involved mutually agree on.
Related meetings in Europe
BiCon – an annual long-weekend gathering for bisexual people, their friends, partners and anyone with a supportive interest in bisexuality. There are discussion groups and workshops all day and social space & entertainment in the evening.
Polyday – a one-day event in London supporting and celebrating ethical non-monogamy, and is a brilliant event to attend as an introduction to polyamory. OpenCon UK (2010-2014), from where International OpenCon Catalonia (IOCC) took much of its structure and flavour, grew out of Polyday.
OpenCon Madrid – Spanish-language sister event of IOCC. The first OpenCon Madrid took place in 2015. In 2016, it took place from 9-11 September in Avila.
OpenCon Italia – Italian-language sister event of IOCC. The first OpenCon Italia took place from 24-26 June 2016 in Perugia.
Alan’s list of polyamory events – a blog that keeps a list of upcoming polyamorous events (regional, national and international) including in Europe.