Shawn(ta) Smith, Librarian and Writer; Brooklyn, N.Y.
What does being polyamorous mean to you?
I have often thought of relationships that included one person to another as a stifling act of anti-community -- primarily because I had been involved in relationships that were all-consuming, often prioritizing time with that person over time spent on personal projects and community work. It was difficult to make connections that were real and tangible and boundless when in a relationship. And yet, there was real love to share too; I wanted the flexibility to do all of these things -- have substantial and meaningful boundless connections, both romantic and platonic, while still being open to receiving love and offering love in sustainable ways. ... It is the bond that I have with Jaz, our strength and security with each other, that has led us to embrace the possibilities of stronger connections with others.
Read Shawn(ta)'s full story of her longtime partnership with Jasmine.
(Credit: Katia Ruiz)