Thank you for requesting information about the Triangle Polyamory Network. This is a page which we hope covers the bulk of the initial questions we receive about TPN. To that end, we attempt to define what we are, as a group, so that you can determine if TPN would be of value to you.
The group, TPN, is still evolving even though the group has been holding meetings for a few years. To date the group has had open forum discussions, has had invited speakers address the group on poly issues, and is working to start having social activities where group members can socialize in a non-meeting setting. What the Triangle Polyamory Network is and is not can be summed up with the following two statements :
What Tri-Poly is:
A group of people coming together for exploration of the of the polyamorus lovestyle through discussion, resource sharing, network building, support, etc. We currently meet monthly, on the 3rd Sunday, in Durham.
What Tri-Poly is NOT:
We are NOT a sex club or a swing group. We do NOT organize or help facilitate the organizing of sex parties or other sexually focused activites. If for no other than legal liability reasons, we are NOT and will NOT officially sanction any sort of explicit sexually oriented event.I also want to be clear that everyone is welcome. Whether you are already in a poly relationship or not (or whether you are in *any* relationship at this time) you are welcome. No matter your sexual orientation you are welcome. No mater your race or ethnicity you are welcome. If you are in any way interested in discussing or hearing discussions about polyamory, you are welcome.
The meetings are in the Durham area, and are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Reminder announcements for the meetings are made on the NCPoly mailing list as well. Meetings start at 3:30pm and run until 5:30pm. Normally all who are interested then head out to dinner where discussions can continue on an informal basis.
To attend, we do require that people attend purely out of a personal, not professional, interest. This means that if you are a psychologist, or a news reporter, and are attending hoping to get research material or a good story ... we would request that you not attend. If you are in either of these professions and are wishing to attend due to a personal interest in polyamory, you would be quite welcome. If you suspect that there may be some precieved conflict between your profession and meeting attendance, we would request that you discuss the potential conflict prior to attending a meeting. We make this request to protect the interests and privacy of the existing membership.
If TPN seems to fit your needs or interests, please write email@example.com to receive more information. If you do write, please state explicitly that you have already seen the information on this page are are interested in getting directions to the meetings. If you forget to mention that you have seen this web page (and please make sure you do mention this specific page, as there are others out there without this detailed information) you'll get our initial form letter which will only repeat what you have seen here.
Additionally, we find it helpful, when people ask for information about the group, to get some idea of "where people are" with regard to polyamory. We are not looking for detailed personal information, but are more interested in general experiences or outlooks on poly just so we can judge whether the information we are providing is worthwhile.
If you are still interested after receiving this introductory e-mail and do choose to write for more information, try to take a few moments to give us some idea of your familiarity with polyamorous relationships. After hearing back from you again, we can give you information on meeting places and times.