Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

November 18, 2007

"They've got 'big love,' and they love to talk about it"

Palm Beach Post

In South Florida, Beki Rosenthal and Peter Strowbridge decided not only to be out, but to offer short Poly 101 workshops free to the public. They sought publicity from a local newspaper, which obliged with this nice article (Nov. 17, 2007):

They like to hold hands and look into each other's eyes as they tell you of their deep love. They also practice polyamory. If you are heading for the Merriam Webster, make sure it's not old.... Polyamory is the practice of having more than one intimate relationship at a time, with full knowledge and consent by all partners involved. In other words, it's consensual non-monogamy.

...Rosenthal, a self-employed graphic designer from Boca Raton, and Strowbridge, a licensed massage therapist from Fort Lauderdale, have decided to hold open workshops for people who are considering this love style....

The reaction [Strowbridge] gets most often, when talking of his lifestyle: "You can do that?"

As with a monogamous couple, every polyamorous couple makes their own rules. Rosenthal and Strowbridge's requires constant communication. "In the past relationships, there were always things being hidden, things not stated," says Strowbridge. "Suddenly, I was in a position where I could say exactly how I felt about things."

...Michael Dean Goodman [is] a spiritual teacher and counselor who sees all types of couples and has written articles on nontraditional relationships. Goodman, 60, who divides his time between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, says that being a polyamorist himself helps him relate to the couples he sees....

...Polyamorists won't tell you this is the only "right" way to be, but simply present it as an alternative.... "I wouldn't try and talk anybody into this," Strowbridge says. "I would just say: This is who I am, and it works wonderfully for me.

"But you have to do it your own way."

Read the whole article.

If you're out, maybe this'll inspire you to do it in your community?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, I've considered doing something like this too, but I don't yet feel qualified to have a "workshop" - I'm poly, certainly, but moderating group learning activities might still be a goal I have yet to attain.

And it's not too late to attend Florida Poly Retreat 2008 too!

January 26, 2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger May said...

Strong people to have open workshops. Good for them :)

January 27, 2008 10:29 PM  
Blogger Lehmann108 said...

Michael Dean Goodman was finally busted by the state of florida because he has no training nor a license to practice psychotherapy. His resume is filled with lies regarding degrees and training. Quite the dangerous pathological character.

November 25, 2015 10:10 AM  

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