Polyamory in the News
. . . by Alan M.

November 23, 2021

Today is Polyamory Day! Share it out with this year's graphic

It's that time of year again! Tuesday November 23 is Polyamory Day, for reasons explained below.

But first, please share out the pic below across your social and let's get this going, even bigger than last year. For the sake of polyamory visibility and recognition.


The backstory:

For years people floated ideas for an appropriate Polyamory Day, but nothing happened. Then in 2017 the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) took the initiative by declaring, with a press release, that November 23 would be National Polyamory Day in Canada, and the idea spread. In 2018 they repeated the announcement for not just Canada but worldwide. It spread further in the next several years, with other activists picking it up and running with it. By 2019, it was going around in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, and Italian. 

Why November 23?
This is the day when, in 2011, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ruled that Canada's anti-polygamy law does not apply to modern polyamorists, if they do not try to make a group relationship a formally sanctioned group marriage (polygamy). Previously, according to the law, three or more people merely living together in one dwelling "conjugally" could be sentenced to five years in prison, although no prosecution had been brought for many decades. The CPAA worked to make that favorable court decision happen.

But ten years later that origin is fading into history, while the day is becoming a thing worldwide. Let's make this happen!


Here's the press release they put out:

For Immediate Release

November 23 is Polyamory Day!

Tuesday, November 23, is Polyamory Day a day celebrated every year around the world by people who consider themselves to be polyamorous, who are in a polyamorous relationship, or who support polyamory as a valid relationship orientation or choice.

On November 23, we ask: If you agree that polyamorous people are entitled to the same rights, privileges, and governmental accommodation as others, please share a Polyamory Day image or meme on your blogs, email lists, and on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can use an existing image or create a new one. Find Polyamory Day images by searching #‎polyamoryday‬ on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. New Polyamory Day images will be released on social media on or before November 23.

Organizations that have promoted Polyamory Day include the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), Loving More, members of the Polyamory Leadership Network, PolyDallas Millennium, Black Poly Pride, the Poly Cultural Diversity Alliance, the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA), Poliamor en México, Polyamory South Africa, ZAPoly Polyamory In South Africa, and many others. Last year, people produced new images in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, and Italian.

Polyamory Day was first celebrated in Canada on November 23, 2017, but the celebration quickly spread on social media to other countries and languages.

There are other days in the year where polyamory is acknowledged, including Polyamory Pride Day (a day in Pride Month), International Solo Polyamory Day (September 24), and Metamour Day (February 28).

Polyamory – or “poly”, “polya”, or “polyam” for short – is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate loving relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Concepts critical to the practice of consent and other ethical behaviours within polyamory are gender equality, self-determination, free choice for all involved, mutual trust, and equal respect among partners.



For more information, visit http://polyadvocacy.ca/polyamory-day-faq


And while we're at it, here's a list of other more-or-less settled recognition days that are poly related. 

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