All of these open relationship and polyamory resources are dedicated to supporting positive sexuality and or alternative relationships and sexual identities. Websites and organization descriptions are be pulled from their respective websites. This is not exhaustive and I encourage you to add to the list in the comments and if your organization would like to be included in the list, please email [email protected].
What is Polyamory?
Polyamory (Poly): the practice of maintaining multiple sexual and/or romantic relationships simultaneously, with the full knowledge and consent of all the people involved; See also: Ethical Non-Monogamy
Polyfidelity: an agreement between polyamorous partners to not engage in sexual or romantic relationships outside of their polyamorous family
Polyfuckery: a derogatory term to describe a person who identifies as polyamorous while engaging in a large number of short lived non-emotionally intimate sexual relationships which may or may not be ethical
Polysaturated: someone who has reached their maximum capacity for romantic and/or sexual relationships
Polywog: a child in a polyamorous family
What is Swinging?
Swinger: a person who participates in swinging activities
- soft swinger: someone who has strict boundaries on the types of acceptable sexual activity that they will participate in and does not generally include penial penetration of the vagina or anus
- hard swinger: someone who does not have strict boundaries prohibiting sexual activity with others outside of their primary relationship sometimes including having sex without a partners’ presence
Open Relationship Courses and Lectures
Therapist Nicki Talks Polyamory
From Loveology University
Books about Polyamory
Books About Swinging
Loving More started out as PEP Talk Newsletter (Polyamory Education Primer) and in 1994 became Loving More Magazine. The printed magazine featured articles from people deeply involved in the polyamorous relationship style focusing on issues such as jealousy, compersion, communication, family, sexuality and social stigma. Due to the increasing costs of printing, in 2009 the magazine become Loving More online magazine. The change has allowed us to offer articles available free to the public, providing valuable information to a broader range of people around the world.
The Loving More Website offers extensive information on polyamory including educational webinars, articles, terminology, FAQ, links, professional listings, and is a portal through our links to local, national and international groups/organizations about or related to polyamorous issues.
For over 30 years the Loving More® organization has sponsored annual polyamory conferences, retreats, and educational events. These educational efforts have now grown to include two hotel conferences known as Poly Living, Loving More Retreats, and the Loving Choices one-day seminars around the country. Loving More also sponsors classes, workshops, webinars, and Loving More Chapter groups.
In addition to the website, conferences, and magazine, Loving More Nonprofit works to raise media awareness through press releases and media outreach. We respond to issues in the news, maintain a list of polyamorous people willing to talk to the press, and are available for interviews answering questions from the press on an ongoing basis.
The Polyamory Society is a nonprofit organization which promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families. Currently the Society provides information and is building membership. This page is a general outline of what we would like to see provided to Polyamorists and their families. The Society welcomes input and participation. So take a look around and send e-mail if you have any comments. Also e-mail us if you have a service or information to provide or would like to join.
UUPA has as its mission to serve the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community of polyamorous people within and outside the UUA by providing support, promoting education, and encouraging spiritual wholeness regarding polyamory. Mostly, this means offering education, literature and having conversations.
As a service to the larger faith community, UUPA also welcomes inquiries from and conversation with any person, religious institution, or educational institution of any faith, as time and resources permit, concerning polyamory as it relates to religion, and faith.
Polyamory Dating Resources
Polyamory is, simply put, the capacity to love many. Polymatchmaker.com brings together all kinds of people from around the world in a web community setting.
Not only do we provide a tasteful adult environment; bringing people together for love, friendship, learning, support, and camaraderie… we are also a resource for learning about Polyamory in its many forms and nuances. The practice of Polyamory can be as unique as each of us are. PMM supports all styles, all people.
Senior poly couples and singles play and connect here. Easy to join. Try now!
Polyamory Date is the polyamorous dating site for local poly hookups. Meet couples, start an open relationship, and connect with polyamorous partners.
Polyamory Social Networks
Polyamory Today is your source for everything related to polyamory dating and poly relationships. We post tips and advice for polyamorous lovers, open relationships, and those seeking threesomes and group adventures. Enter the world of polyamory with exclusive articles, polls, site reviews, reader stories and more.
Dating and Connection for Swingers
NoStrings Attached is a unique site to find married men and women for discreet sex affairs and discreet dating.
Bringing all social facets of the numerous lifestyles together, where our members can easily meet like-minded people across the entire spectrum of non-traditional relationships, SLS is where open-minded singles, couples and groups can share their interests and desires.
Legal Resources for Open Relationships
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.
Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund
Polyamory, swinging, BDSM and fetishism are among the kinds of sexual and lifestyle choices which may expose adherents to legal problems. We believe that the government should not interfere with consensual sexual expression among adults. We believe that parents should not lose custody of their children just because of the parents’ lifestyle or variety of sexual expression. We believe that people should not face criminal prosecution for consensual sexual acts among competent adults.
Because we believe these things, we are working to provide:
- Money towards legal and litigation expenses, such as attorney fees and expert witness fees.
- Referrals to attorneys and expert witnesses knowledgeable about alternative sexual expression and willing to take cases dealing with it.
- Public information and education about alternative sexual expression.
Ethical Non-Monogamy Documentaries
Three in a Bed: Hidden Lives (Landmark Films, 2007). Documentary about polyamory.
When Two Won’t Do (Galafilm Productions, 2002). Documentary exploring various forms of ethical non-monogamy.