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Hey folks, the amazing Dr. Eli Sheff’s new book, The Polyamorists Next Door, is out now on Amazon.

“It is the first book to use empirical evidence from a 15-year study of polyamorous families with children to explore this rapidly-growing relationship style. Hot off the presses, it is the perfect gift for the reader/seeker/counselor/teacher in your life.”

I’ll be getting a review up later this week, in the meantime, I highly encourage you to go order a copy now. If not for yourself, then for the people in your life–family, friends, professionals–who could benefit from learning a lot about the reality of poly families.

Marriage and monogamy are not what they used to be, and today many couples are opting to start families before getting married, or deciding not to get married at all. At the same time, gay couples in states that recognize same-sex marriage are getting married in droves. Some people prefer non-monogamy and have relationships that include swinging and polyamory. The landscape of American marriage and relationships is changing, and a variety of family systems are developing and becoming more common.

The Polyamorists Next Door introduces polyamorous families, in which people are free to pursue emotional, romantic, and sexual relationships with multiple people at the same time, openly and with support from their partners, sometimes forming multi-partner relationships, or other arrangements that allow for emotional and sexual freedom within the family system. In colorful and moving details, this book explores how polyamorous relationships come to be, grow and change, manage the ins and outs of daily family life, and cope with the challenges they face both within their families and from society at large. Using polyamorists own words, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff examines polyamorous households and reveals their advantages, disadvantages, and the daily lives of those living in them.

While polyamorous families are increasingly common, fairly little is known about them outside of their own social circles or of the occasional media sensationalism. This book provides information that will be useful for professionals with polyamorous clients, educators who wish to understand or teach about polyamory, and especially people who wish to better understand polyamory themselves or explain it to their potential partners, adult children, or in-laws.

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Massive Methodological Problems in Map of Racial Tolerance

Race and Burlesque – One Woman Speaks Out

BBCs Questionable Coverage of South African Poverty

Anti-Muslim Bigotry is Growing, and targeting PoC regardless of their beliefs

Disney Attempts to Trademark “Dia de los Muertos”

FIFA Imposes Racism bans on Players and Fans

Racism: It Stops with Me Campaign in Australia

IRR List of Racially Motivated Murders in the UK Since 2000

NYPD Analysis Reveals Drugs, Gun More Common Among Whites

White People Tricked Into Seeing Themselves as Dark Skinned Display Less Racial Bias (medical study)

Connor’s Guide to Anti-Racism for the Dumb

PSA: Multiracial Families Do not Imply Kidnapping

France’s Symbolic Banning of the Word “Race”


The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Privilege of Peace


Jewish National Fund UK faces official questions over racial discrimination


Bullying Pulpit: Racism, Barack Obama and the Selective Call for Personal Responsibility

The KKK is Alive and Well

Media Cherry-Picking Stories Nurtures Racism

Of Racism, Science and Politics

Racism within Feminism
White Feminist’s Failure to Embrace Women of Color
On Humor and Racism in Feminism

Open Racism within Israel

Lucy Liu Talks About Racism in Hollywood

Universities Confronted by Complacency

Media racism alive and well in SA

 

As always, there is a lot to say about LGBT in the news and media. As the most prominent movement in the US today, LGBT always gets lots of inches. This past month saw a lot of discussions on the Black LGBT community, largely triggered by the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins.

Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Let’s all do our parts to educate ourselves and others.

On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia: how far we have to go

BBC Survey for LGBT Survivors of Domestic Abuse. Please Spread to UK Audiences

European Union LGBT Survey results

LGBT Marriage Wins weren’t inevitable, they were worked for. Here’s how.

Confronting Black masculinity and being gay

Puerto Rican Bill Against LGBT Discrimination Passes Senate and moves to House

LGBT Characters in Video Games

Pentagon Recognizes Transgender Servicewoman

UK Black Pride partners with Pride in London

Family of Slain Gay Candidate Seeks Federal Inquiry

Anti-LGBT violence in the rise in Russia; Church & politicians support anti-gay legislation

Old News Worth Revisiting: CeCe McDonald and the Justice systems treatment of Black transexuals

Radio Show Host claims LGBT media and news can make kids think they are gay

how Star Trek Dropped the Ball on LGBT characters

Philadelphia Mandates Gender Neutral Bathrooms and more in sweeping bill

Demographic Overview of LGBT Parenting

A Look Back at Andrew Sullivan’s 1993 Essay on LGBT politics

Love for All campaign promotes LGBT Acceptance in the Arab world

LGBT Sports Hall of Fame in Announced in Chicago

LGBT Activism is still needed in the US

Hip Hop, Shaming, and the Right to Stay in the Closet

LGBT movement in India Overshadowing Existing Hirja Community

Centuries Old Trans Festival Held in India

Related: Hijra

Christianity as the New Hated minority?

Midwest LGBT Film Festival to be held in July

Good news for College Students: FAFSA recognizes LGBT Families

Methodism’s Same Sex Marriage Split Catches Father in the middle

60 Years Later: Eisenhower’s Anti-Gay Order

A Challenge to Mainstream LGBT Organizations

LGBT needs to remember its intersectional roots

Proposed Bill Would Open up fostering and adoption to LGBT, Provide homes for thousands in foster care

 

Catholic contradictions

Catholic Bishops portray LGBT Supreme Court Case as “Roe vs Wade of Marriage”

Catholics Need to Make LGBT Outreach a priority

 

 

Education

California Transgender bill protects students and eases name changes

PA School District Won’t Revise Policies for Trans Students

California Takes Steps Towards Teaching LGBT History

Watch your head – there is some heavy remodeling going on around here.

For the regulars: I have decided to split my blogging to be able to provide a better focus. In a few weeks this blog will be getting a new URL to go with the new look, new focus and new title. From now on this blog will focus on activism and intersectionality, Check the about page for more details. I will be starting a new, wordpress.org site to discuss writing and self publishing. Current goal (money permitting) is to have that site live by June. When it does go up I will put a link on this site so folks can find it.

For newcomers: Welcome. I’m sorry there isn’t much to see at the moment, but please feel free to explore ans leave any thoughts or suggestions you may have.