What is Polyamory?

Polyamory (derived from the Greek and Latin roots for “many loves”) is also known as ethical or responsible non-monogamy. In a polyamorous relationship, people can have meaningful emotional, intimate, romantic, and/or sexual relationships with multiple people simultaneously, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

There are as many forms of polyamory as there are people who practice it, but the main hallmarks are honesty, consistent communication, and emotional openness. In fact, many of the lessons learned from polyamory are applicable to traditional relationships as well. While there may be some overlap, polyamory is NOT the same as swinging, spouse swapping, or kink play. Polyamory does not imply any particular sexual, romantic, and/or intimate behavior or rules; rather, it encourages people to explore and define their own boundaries in a way that makes sense to them, and respects the needs and desires of all parties involved.

While polyamory may not have set rules, Poly Cocktails does (see House Rules). Look for organizers wearing light-up heart badges if you have questions or to report any problems or issues.